Support Exotic Animal Rescue Groups

Target: Governor John Kasich, Ohio

Goal: Remove expensive restrictions on groups that rescue abused, neglected, and abandoned exotic animals in Ohio

Ohio recently passed new regulations requiring owners to register and pay for permits to keep exotic animals. The new rules are vital for protecting these animals, but the law also requires per animal permits for exotic animal rescue operations. Animal rescues can temporarily house hundreds of animals while nursing them back to health and finding permanent homes. Ask Ohio Governor John Kasich to change the permitting laws for animal rescue groups so they can afford to operate in Ohio.

The new exotic animal laws took effect on January 1st, and require a permit for each animal. Permits cost $250 or more for 1-3 animals. While these permits should deter residents from keeping large numbers of exotic animals, they might put animal rescue groups out of business. One group, Arrowhead Reptile Rescue of Liberty Township, estimates they rescue and relocate 200 to 300 exotic reptiles a year. Even the option of $1000 for 11-15 animals is cost prohibitive for rescue groups. The new requirements could cost them an additional $20,000 to $75,000 a year. Those types of fees will put organizations like Arrowhead Reptile Rescue out of business.

Allowing animal rescue groups to obtain a single permit for their operations would be a small change to the law that would go a long way to protecting exotic animals. Ask Ohio Governor John Kasich to amend the law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kasich,

Recently Ohio took a big step forward to protect animal rights by passing sweeping new regulations for keeping exotic animals. Unfortunately, like most new laws, this one needs a little tweaking. The new permitting requirements might put animal rescue groups out of business.

Groups that rescue abused, neglected, and abandoned exotic animals can temporarily house hundreds of animals a year while nursing them back to health and finding new homes. One group, Arrowhead Reptile Rescue of Liberty Township, estimates they rescue and relocate 200-300 exotic reptiles a year. Under the new laws each animal will require a permit, which costs $250 or more for 1-3 animals or $1000 for 11-15 animals. This could add $20,000 to $75,000 a year to their operating expenses, which is money they can’t afford.

Mr. Kasich, please adjust this well meaning law to account for the needs of animal rescue groups. A simple amendment that allows for a site permit, instead of per animal permits, for rescue groups will ensure they can continue to operate in the state of Ohio.

Thank you for all you have done to protect captive exotic animals in Ohio. Please continue to stand up for the rights of animals by protecting rescue groups.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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