A cold day has come now that citizens all over Ohio can no longer express their opinions without fear of retribution from certain animal rights organizations.
Now in order to be able to exercise your First Amendment right to freedom of speech, it can only be done so as long as it doesn’t include naming animal rights groups. However, it is perfectly acceptable for them to publicly slander animal owners, farmers and pet breeders and to drag our industries through the mud.
As a veteran, having served 21 years in our armed forces protecting our rights, I can no longer exercise not only my First Amendment, but also I’ve be stripped of my 14th Amendment right by the so called emergency order enacted by ex-Gov. Strickland.
Makes me ashamed to say that I was born, raised and put my life in harm’s way for Ohio. Does Ohio care about my rights or are lobbyists more important than Ohio’s citizens?
My question is where is the “emergency”? Where are all the “wild” animals running our streets, terrorizing neighborhoods?
I checked the health department, ODNR, sheriff and police within a 100-mile radius. None of them know of any emergency involving exotic animals.
What I have found is there are many businesses that are, and will be, affected by this ban: cat and dog shows, hotels, car rentals, restaurants, feed mills, pet shops and veterinarians. Even the state itself will lose money with the loss of propagation permits. USDA will have no need for as many staff, the list continues in a huge ripple effect.
Animal Rights groups pushed to ban horse slaughter, used the argument that horses were not killed properly, were improperly transported and sometimes were being abused.
Instead of passing laws to fix the problem and to mandate new slaughter practices, transport practices and stronger penalties for abuse, they had it banned completely.
Sound familiar? I believe it was a direct attempt to shut down the horse industry by destroying all profit and now they are doing it to the exotic animal industry.
All this job loss, lost revenue to the state, and invented hysteria so some non-Ohioan can say they saved the public at the cost of innocent animal owners?
Meanwhile, men and women from every state put thier lives in harm’s way daily around the world to protect the very freedoms that these un-namable animal rights groups are taking away from every Ohioan.