On Oct. 17, while I was in the EMH getting a new left knee, the news came across the television about the exotic farm in Zanesville. My first reaction was, “why was this allowed to happen and where was the Ohio Association of Animal Owners?”
I have been doing some research and found out the history of the operation of this farm. We have to police ourselves and not leave it to the government. When government gets involved, they tend to overreact, as they will do now. We will be lucky to keep Mount Hope Auction to sell and buy our products.
When another animal owner was in trouble recently, I and others went down, and helped sort and load his birds, and close down his farm. We must police ourselves and stop blaming everyone else.
The mute swan is in trouble in Ohio because of its numbers around the northern lakes. I have been working with the Mount Hope Auction barn to have all swans pinioned before they can be sold. However, one of the Ohio Association of Animal Owners trustees challenged me that it was not a law. Do we have to wait for the governor to pass laws on how we raise and care for our birds and animals?
We must clean up our act, get involved, or get out of the way.
John W. Kelly
New London, Ohio
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