The ban on exotic animals in Ohio is for public safety. So let’s ban dogs. The Ohio Department of Health says there were 15,021 dog bites in 2009. Also ban Fluffy. Cats bit 3,339 times in 2009.
There were four exotic animals attacks in the last 14 years says the Humane Society of the United States.
I have raised exotics for more than 25 years. Never has any animal gotten out or hurt anyone. Well, let me rephrase that, I have had foxes get out with the help of animal rights people. But they knew where home was and who feeds them.
Funny thing is that animal rights groups say we are cruel to them, but they come right back home to my arms. The animal rights groups have a hard time telling the truth.
I just hope the new governor can see the job loss. Not only by the breeders, but the vets, feed mills, auction houses, fencing companies, ODNR and USDA.
Can the state afford more job loss just to make an out-of-state animal rights group happy?
The animal rights leader, Wayne Pacelle, stands tall with his 500,000 signatures gathered by lying to registered voters. They stood outside Wal-Mart, license bureaus and other businesses saying it was for a Puppy Mill Bill. I was told that at the Licking County License Bureau.
Even members of Ohio Farm Bureau heard some of the stories as they were asked to leave the fairgrounds in Dover, Ohio.
Maybe we should ask how many signatures are actually valid? With Ohio on such sound financial ground, I say let ODNR pay for the microchips. I know I am not paying for them. Better yet, let’s let Wayne pay for them. He can just put some more sad dog and cat ads on TV and get $20 a week to cover the cost.
I think, as Ohioans, we need to wake up and stand up for our rights.
Gov. Kasich said less government, more jobs keep small business. So let’s call Gov. Kasich and remind him farming is a business.
It doesn’t matter if it’s cows or bears — they are how we make a living.
I called ODNR offices in Ohio. Not one knows of any animal, wild or exotic, as a problem.
There are none running wild on High Street in Columbus or Superior Street in Cleveland. It’s just more bull from the animal rights groups to take away our rights.
When they are done with us, next are the cows, pigs, chickens and sheep.
For more information on the ban, check out http://www.oaao.us.
The way I see this ban — I will loose my income. My vet will loose income and my feed mill will also. ODNR will lose my money; I’ll no longer need a propagator license.
Let’s not forget USDA, but according to the animal rights groups, they don’t do their job anyway. Call the governor’s office to stop the ban.