On January 6, 2011, the last day of Teddy Strickland, he signed the ban on exotic animals in Ohio to fulfill his backroom deal with Humane Society of the United States and Ohio Farm Bureau. The sellout was with poultry, swine, veal, dog breeders and the exotic animal industry in Ohio.
Mr. Ex-Governor Strickland made good his promise. He said that the exotic animals were a threat to public safety. I have called every sheriff’s department in Ohio and every Ohio Department of Natural Resources district. Not to my surprise, not one knew of a threat to the public.
Every Ohio animal owner needs to call Gov. Kasich and ODNR and tell them to keep Ohio free; don’t turn Ohio in to the new veganist state. Gov. Kasich said less government, more small business. The exotic animal industry is a 12.5 billon dollar business in Ohio.
HSUS says Ohio is the leader in exotic animals. I ask why kill a leader that brings in 12.5 billion a year? Ohio is hurting because of ex-Gov. Strickland. He was not good for Ohio. Killing jobs drove people out to this state.
I ask Gov. Kasich not to follow in his footsteps. Do the right thing; drop this backroom deal made by leaders that don’t stand for animal ownership in Ohio. This new ban hurt animal owners and hunters all across Ohio. It’s a stepping stone for animal rights groups to take away our rights as United States citizens.
I have been told I am not a Christian because I eat meat by AR’s. I am a Christian and an animal owner. I eat meat, I wear leather and see nothing wrong with hunting, fishing or trapping. I like animals on my lap and on my plate. I feel this ban needs to be stopped and the animal rights groups need put in their place.
Just like other states have done where the governors have put them in their place and even served ham sandwiches for lunch. Ohioans need to ask Gov. Kasich, where the money is going to come from to support this ban? How many new wildlife officers will require training and vehicles to support this? Will everyday taxpayers see an increase in property taxes to appease an out-of-state animal rights organization?
Ohio is an agricultural state; that means we raise animals. Animals are our pets, our food and yes, even our income, whether it be farm, exotic or domestic. Keep Ohio free from outsider special interest groups.