Animal Rights Activists across the country are outraged with Ohio’s laws when it comes to exotic animals.
Now Gov. John Kasich is coming under fire from some animal groups Wednesday night, ONN’s affiliate WEWS reported.
A ban on exotic pets expired in April and Kasich didn’t renew it. Now some groups are criticizing the governor for not doing enough fast enough.
Before leaving office, former Gov. Ted Strickland issued a ban barring people from bringing exotic animals into Ohio.
It also prohibited people convicted of animal cruelty, like Terry Thompson, from owning exotic animals.
Under that plan, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources would have been in charge of enforcing the ban, but the governor said that would have exceeded their authority.
Kasich defended his actions on Wednesday.
“What had been proposed frankly wasn’t workable,” said Kasich. “The complications connected to this and as a result we formed a working group.”
But, some critics said that a working group isn’t working fast enough.
Animal activist Jack Hannah said that Ohio was just six weeks away from having new rules regulating the sale and ownership of exotic animals. Hannah said that he and the governor are in talks on how to put a plan into action.
If some sort of action isn’t taken soon, Ohio will continue to be one of a handful of states with virtually no regulation or private ownership of dangerous wild animals.
Government data showed that Ohio ranked fourth in the country in dangerous incidents involving wild animals.
Kids, you know that whenever there’s an Ohio story, we always check in with our friends over at Plunderbund for the local perspective. This is from when the situation was still occurring:
Back on Jan. 7th, 2011 Gov. Ted Strickland issued a executive order banning “the keeping of big cats, bears, wolves” in Ohio. On taking office, John Kasich blocked the order, claiming he was concerned the ban would negatively impact small-business owners. He eventually let Strickland’s executive order expire.
Jump ahead to today…
Late this evening in Zanesville Ohio dozens of wild animals escaped from a private owner’s home including “grizzly and black bears, wolves, and several species of large cats, including lions, tigers and cheetahs”.
As I type this, many of these dangerous animals are still loose in Muskingum County. School has been cancelled. People have been asked to stay in their homes. And Sheriff’s deputies have been working all night to protect the citizens in Muskingum County.
As the story of the animals’ escape unfolded, and news that Sheriff’s deputies had been forced to shoot at least one of the animals was made public, [Kasich’s closet advisor Jai Chabria’s wife] Tammy took the opportunity to publicly attack the police officers and public employees in general on Twitter.
Chabria called the officers “inhumane morons who have no idea what they’re doing and shouldn’t be permitted to do this job”. And called the Sheriff’s “shoot to kill” order “Incompetence.”
She even took the opportunity to personally attack multiple people associated with We Are Ohio, sarcastically saying “incompetence by these public employees will win you many sympathies to your cause.”
While many people are making jokes and kidding around on Twitter about the dangerous escaped animals, Muskingum County Sheriff’s deputies are out in the field making sure Ohioans are safe.
It really surprises me that anyone would question the motives of the officers in this situation. And it absolutely amazes me that someone so closely tied to the Governor’s anti-union, Pro-SB5/Issue 2 campaign would make public statements attacking these officers while trying to score political points.
[C]alling these officers morons and incompetent public employees when four tigers, a lion, eight bears and 12 wolves are on the loose in Zanesville seems to show a deep-seated and ingrained level of disrespect for police officers and public employees in general – the type of disrespect that is at the heart of their side’s arguments in favor of SB5/Issue 2.