Don’t Allow Unlicensed Direct Contact with Wild Animals

Bengal Tiger

Target: Kanas State Legislators, The Kanas State House

Goal: Make it illegal to have contact with all exotic animals without the proper training and licensing.

All persons will be allowed to have contact with exotic animals in petting zoos and in other public places on a regular basis in Kansas if a bill is passed by the state House. Being able to have most types of exotic animals as pets was outlawed in Kanas after a student was attacked by a tiger in 2005.

Having contact with these types of animals is not only dangerous, it is also unethical since they are usually kept in small confined quarters. Unfortunately, it is still legal to have some exotic animals as pets, and there are no laws restricting other people from interacting with them.

Just as allowing these animals to be kept as pets does not allow for responsible breeding practices, nor will it allow for ethical breeding practices if people are allowed to keep these animals at business establishments. Instead, these places will likely irresponsibly breed the animals for the purpose of gaining profit. For example, if a petting zoo were to offer customers the chance to have their pictures taken with baby animals, they would have to keep breeding these animals in order to make that happen. Many of these animals would likely be sold on the black market exotic pet trade once there was no longer room for them, encouraging even more irresponsible breeding practices and more animals being raised and abused in improper homes.

Allowing people to have contact with wild animals in public establishments will likely reopen the doors for keeping these animals as pets. In addition, doing so risks more people being severely hurt or killed and encloses these animals in unnatural environments, instead of giving them the proper land and room they need to roam. Lastly, doing so certainly does not do anything to shut down the black market exotic pet trade which only perpetuates the cycle. Sign this petition and urge lawmakers to deny this bill for both the safety of people and the wellbeing of animals.


Dear Kanas State Legislators,

After a student in Kanas was killed in 2005, the keeping of most types of wild animals as pets was outlawed. However, even after this great tragedy there are some people who still think having regular contact with such animals should be legal.

As obviously already shown in 2005, wild animals are unpredictable in their actions. If a domestic cat bites a person because it is angry, the pain will only hurt for a short while. However, if an angry tiger bites a person, there is going to be considerably more damage, if the person is even lucky enough to survive. In addition, it is important that wild animals live in as natural an enclosure as possible. They are instinctively used to living in large environments and it is therefore unfair to keep them locked up in small unreputable establishments.

It is frightening enough that people are still legally able to keep some wild animals as pets when doing so violates the safety of themselves and others, grossly impacts the wellbeing of the animals, and encourages people in the black market exotic pet trade to irresponsibly breed them. Allowing regular contact with wild animals will only perpetuate this cycle. For these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to demand this bill be turned down for the sake of all animals and people involved. Supporting such a bill is both unsafe and unethical and it should therefore be vehemently opposed.


[Your Name Here]

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