Governor Kasich: Ban Exotic Wild Animal Auctions

One of three panthers rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.(Photo: Columbus Zoo)
One of three panthers rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.(Photo: Columbus Zoo)

Ohio Governor John Kasich wants to halt exotic animal auctions and wonders why anyone owns wild animals such as bears or primates.

Kasich spoke of the ideas last month to a working group studying ways to change the state’s laws on exotic animals. The meeting minutes were released late last week.

The group sped up its work on recommendations after dozens of exotic animals were released last month by their private owner, who then killed himself, leaving deputies to put down many of the beasts.

Kasich told the group during their Oct. 31 meeting that no one should own wild animals such as bears or primates.

Kasich also called for a ban on auctions where exotic wild animals are sold, and suggested that fees be significant.

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