Exotic Animal Auction Owner Worried New Law Goes Too Far

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Governor Kasich signed a law to ban new ownership of many exotic animals.(Photo: Coutesy of the Columbus Zoo)
Governor Kasich signed a law to ban new ownership of many exotic animals.(Photo: Coutesy of the Columbus Zoo)

Governor John Kasich this week signed a law that places new restrictions on exotic animals. Current owners can keep their creatures but must register them and owners will have to get a new state-issued permit by 2014. The law takes effect in 90 days. The exotic animals have been sold through auctions held in the state.

His name is Thurman Mullett and he is the president of Mt. Hope Auction. His family has run the auction since 1985. They opened the exotic animal sales with bear cubs in 1990. I talked to Mullet about his thoughts about changes coming for exotic animals.

Mullet’s biggest concern is this ban will eventually lead to no one owning an exotic animal since once they won’t be able to breed them and once they die they can’t replace the animal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gayle-Em-ONeal/639860928 Gayle Em O’Neal

    Sounds like ‘Big Brother’ at work to me! Sure, perhaps rules and regulations governing exotic animal ownership of animals that absolutely do not belong in the private sector; animal species with a reputation for being dangerous or lethal. To group all exotic animals into one category is the lazy man’s out and too imposing on people, in general. Where is the line going to be drawn between our rights as citizens in the United States and the Government dictating our every whim with consequences? Not fair; and, I don’t like it at all; and, neither should you. If people do not unite and take a stand to protect themselves against Government enactments, we, the people of the United States will eventually become victims of a dictatorship, our Government. The Government cannot even control themselves; so, why allow them to get into our business? I feel the same way about State Governments. We are allowing the Governments to herd us around like sheep, and doing nothing to stop their interference in our rights as citizens in what is suppose to be a free Country. Agreed and accepted, regulations of animals that plainly do not belong in a private home should be scrutinized; but again, to lump all exotic species under one big umbrella is just plain stupid! All the Government is doing is making its’ citizens go underground to get away from its’ control, because if someone wants an illegal pet, they’re going to do whatever it takes to have what they want. There has to be a compromise between the entities of you and me. Use your brains people! Fight for your rights.