The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Friday, January 7, 2011

YEAH! Gov. Ted Strickland signed an order banning private ownership of Primates (chimpanzees, monkeys etc) in Ohio

The new year brings promises for the Primates. First Illinois, now Ohio!

By Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau

Updated 11:58 PM Thursday, January 6, 2011

If you were thinking of getting a pet bear, chimp or alligator, you might want to hold off.

Gov. Ted Strickland signed an executive order on Thursday banning new private ownership of dangerous wild animals and requiring existing private owners to register their animals with the state. The order also details the types of facilities that can own and rehabilitate dangerous wild animals.

The order is part of a deal struck with the Humane Society of the United States and major agricultural organizations in June. The deal called for more stringent standards for livestock housing on Ohio farms as well as a ban on exotic pets. In exchange, the Humane Society agreed to not pursue a ballot issue that would have asked voters to impose animal welfare standards on farms.

The order authorizes the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to immediately impose the new rules for the next 90 days until the state’s rule review committee approves permanent regulations.

Kasich said Thursday that he is inclined to stick with the new rule.

Under the temporary rule, the ownership, breeding, selling, trading and bartering of dangerous wild animals is prohibited to anyone who does not currently own one of the designated animals. And, existing owners of wild dangerous animals cannot breed, sell, trade or barter these types of animals, including big cats, bears, primates, alligators, crocodiles and large, constricting snakes and venomous snakes.

People who currently own such animals must register them with the state and microchip the animals. They cannot replace the animals once they die.

The Humane Society of the United States said Ohio was one of fewer than 10 states with virtually no regulation of private ownership of dangerous wild animals.

“Dangerous wild animals do not belong in the backyards and basements of private citizens,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS. “It’s bad for the animals and dangerous for people. This emergency order is good for Ohio, and we look forward to seeing it implemented in the months ahead.”

Deirdre Herbert thanked Strickland for taking action. Herbert’s son, Brent Kandra, was mauled to death in August by a black bear owned by Sam Mazzola in Lorain County.
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