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    Does anyone know where I can see the actual Ohio exotic pet law? I'm getting mixed answers from the media and friends, so I want to read the facts. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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    It can vary from city to city and what law in particular you are talking about.
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    • #3
      The new statewide one that was signed into effect on Thursday. Here is a link to NBC4 talking about it. I want to know what is going on.

      http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2011/jan/...6381-vi-23664/
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      • #4
        Found anouther link
        http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live...litics&sid=101

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        • #5
          Yeah I'm trying to understand this. It's dangerous animals that are banned. (whatever they consider dangerous anyway ) Unfortunately this includes the large snakes? Besides my cresties I own a corn snake and would like to get a rough scaled sand boa. I'm wondering what the actual "dangerous" list includes and what I have is on the list.
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          • #6
            I should have put that I heard that someone in Columbus wants to ban all reptiles as pets because of Salmonella?!? I am hoping that isn't part of this law.
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            • #7
              From what I understand it's a 30 day emergency law and it's up to Strickland to decide weather it gose or stays after that.

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              • #8
                From what I know, it is a 90 day ban, which is going to seriously hurt the reptile shows here in Ohio for the next few months, it is calling for pythons and boas at the moment for reptiles, the others are large exotic animals, because he fears for Ohioan's peoples safety.The fact is, it is the ohioans fault for being stupid in the first place to get hurt from most snakes. But on the brighter side of it I guess, those of us who already own them just need to register them and we can keep them no problem, so if it does happen, I suppose they are nice enough to let us keep our pets.
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                • #9
                  This is what you need to do. Use the contact list in the link below and contact the Administration dept. They will be able to put you guys in contact with someone who will be able to answer your questions.

                  http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/default/t...0/default.aspx

                  Also asking for the conclusive prohibited list of animals for your state (link or emailed to you) will help out a great deal.
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                  • #10
                    I don't know entirely, but I did get this from USARK tonight in my email.

                    OHIO- Reptile Ban/ Executive Order

                    Outgoing Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed an Executive Order on January 6, 2011 in regards to the possession, sale and transfer of “dangerous wild animals”. This Executive Order mandates the immediate adoption of a new Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife rule that bans private ownership of many exotic animals; including 7 constrictor snakes, all venomous and crocodilians. Possession of such animals currently in private ownership will be grandfathered under specific conditions. All trade or transfer of possession is banned except under certain circumstances. This order is temporary for the next 90 days. The rulemaking process has been initiated and should include participation from all stakeholders.

                    USARK is engaging in the process and reaching out to newly elected Governor Kasich’s office. The new Governor is a reasonable man and very pro small business. Currently he does not have a complete picture of the dynamics or facts of this issue. USARK is working to educate the Governor on the reality of this situation; as well as the ideologically skewed perspective of proponents from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

                    Governor Kasich has the power to reverse this order once he understands the facts. It is up to USARK and the Reptile Nation to voice our concerns and help the Governor understand that reptiles do not, nor have they ever, posed a measureable public safety risk in Ohio. The scare tactics and misrepresentations espoused by the HSUS must not be allowed to go unchallenged by the truth.

                    Please click the link to contact Governor Kasich and let your voice be heard: http://usark.org/campaign.php?id=21

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                    • #11
                      I had sent an email to the link Sarah had posted, but nothing ever came of it. Then I had heard yesterday that we have a new gov, so I was hoping he would find this law mildly ridiculous and either abolish it, or make much needed changes to it, like I said I feel some animals that they are trying to "ban" are not pets anyways and shouldnt be kept that way. Thank you for the post, I will send another email out tomorrow!
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                      • #12
                        Damn, I would NEVER have thought I'd be sending a politely worded letter to John Kasich!


                        Sincerely,
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pturley View Post
                          Damn, I would NEVER have thought I'd be sending a politely worded letter to John Kasich!


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                          Paul E. Turley
                          Agreed. I no longer live in Ohio but i'm still willing to fight this.

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                          • #14
                            Gov. Makes Exotic Animals Non Grata in Ohio
                            By KATY STEINMETZ Katy Steinmetz – Sun Jan 9, 1:55 am ET

                            Some politicians issue pardons as they leave office, while others make last-minute appointments. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is instead leaving his constituents with a message: Dangerous wild animals pose a threat to Ohio's citizens.

                            In an executive order issued yesterday, Strickland restricted the possession, sale and transfer of big cats, bears, wolves, large constricting and venomous snakes, crocodilians and non-human primates (though the last specification is not, presumably, meant to condone the trafficking of actual humans). The order goes into effect immediately but will expire in 90 days - meaning it will be up to incoming Republican Gov. John Kasich to make his own statement about the private ownership of exotic pets.

                            The event at the heart of this order took place in August, when a 24-year-old Ohioan named Brent Kandra was mauled to death by a bear at a home in Columbia Township, about 30 minutes outside Cleveland. He worked with another man who keeps exotic animals and was attacked when opening the bear's cage for a feeding. At the family's request, the black bear was eventually put down. Still, people of the town remained uneasy; the death of that bear left seven others, wolves, tigers and a lion in the Buckeye menagerie of Sam Mazzola.

                            Mazzola says that the order, which bans the new ownership (as well as selling and trading) of wild animals, has little bearing on a situation in which the victim was an animal caretaker. But the fight over exotic pets, taken up on one side by animal rights activists (and concerned citizens) and on the other by passionate owners, is a much larger story.

                            Those against exotic animal ownership, like the Humane Society, say that owning these animals is bad for them, that most private owners can't meet the animals' needs in captivity and are putting themselves and their neighbors at risk. Those supporting ownership often say that all animals were once wild and that they're being unfairly persecuted for a hobby or pet that they love - since highly publicized maulings like Kandra's prove that such deaths are the exception to the rule.

                            The problem for people championing wild animal ownership is that however compelling their statistics, their arguments are hardly as powerful as Kandra's devastated parents endorsing Strickland's order. More than half the states have some kind of ban in place, while most others have certain licensing restrictions. And it only takes one poignant accident to get more legislative balls rolling. What do you think, Swamplanders? Is owning exotic pets an unnecessary risk or are the owners of such animals victims of irrational fear?


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                            • #15
                              I have the actual law but for some reason I am having a difficult time copying and pasting it to the forum. If anyone wants a copy of it I will gladly e-mail it to them if they send me a message with their address.
                              I work at a facility that uses large constrictors and venomous native species for education. We are technically no longer aloud to allow the public to touch the constrictors or even open a cage when they are in the facility. We have had literally thousands of individuals handle these snakes without one incident..ever ! We have been in contact with DNR and the State through this whole thing and the bottom line is this. Ohio Revised Code states that the DNR has jurisdiction over the Black Bears, but that is the only species on the list that they can control. I do not know if the executive order trumps this (it probably does) but it does mean that after the 90 days is up the ORC would need to be changed in order to make it permanent. I'm not saying that the ORC cannot be changed, but it is not an easy process. Keep writing letters and making phone calls that put the community in a good light.
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