Ohio, often called the “Wild West,” is one of fewer than 10 states remaining where wild pet ownership is largely unchecked.  Not surprisingly, it’s also ranked as having among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them.

Thankfully, outgoing Governor Strickland just signed an emergency order banning new, dangerous exotic pets.  But, this was a temporary, 90-day order that will now be considered for permanent approval by Governor Kasich.  With the recent mauling death of an Ohio child by a bear (owned by notorious exotic owner Sam Mazzola), there is no time to waste.  We need your help!

The Ohio Association of Animal Owners is already mounting a campaign to convince the new Governor not to enact this ban since, they say, “a lot of damage can be done to our industry and our pocketbooks during those 90 days. It’s time to go to work — right now. We must get this overturned in order to protect our industry.”

Animals make money for them and they don’t want it taken away. A critically acclaimed movie “The Elephant in the Living Room” is about to be released nationwide.  It documents an Ohio police officer’s harrowing experiences dealing with Ohio’s exotic mess. See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA4fGDM9rvQfeature=pl…

Click on TAKE ACTION to sign a pre-written letter.  Send it today to let Governor Kasich know that you don’t see private ownership of dangerous exotics as an industry, you see it as a threat to the safety of the general public.  Let him know you agree with a permanent ban on private ownership of dangerous exotics.

Call Governor Kasich at 614-466-3555

Call Michael DuChesne (pronounced “Doo-Shay”) at the Governor’s Office immediately at 614-644-0829

Submit your thoughts directly to the Governor at:


Call the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources Director David Mustine at 614-265-6879 

Email him directly at david.mustine@dnr.state.oh.us

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