No reason to go after exotic pet owners


No reason to go after exotic pet owners

To the editor:

As a responsible exotic animal owner and lover, I was saddened to read about the recent escape and death of a chimpanzee in what appears to be a keeper’s mistake. I was very upset when a few days later Nevada state Sen. Michael Roberson announced his plan to introduce an exotic animal ban, punishing all the responsible exotic animal owners, including his casino clients, because of the mistake of one.

Sen. Roberson is working on the ban with an out-of-state outsider – the Washington D.C.-based animal rights lobby group the Humane Society of the United States, which is not associated with any local humane societies or shelters. The group spends millions on salaries and pushing for unnecessary, job-killing regulations and bans introduced by brainwashed legislators.

If Sen. Roberson had any concerns, he should have contacted us – Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership, a nonprofit group. We just happen to be in his district. Unfortunately, our calls and emails (and those of other exotic animal owners and tax-paying, job-creating businesses) have been ignored by him.

As for public safety, only one person has died in Nevada since 1990 due to an exotic animal attack – a tiger trainer (occupational hazard, not a public safety risk). That is 0.045 people per year.

If Sen. Roberson is truly worried about public health and safety, he should concentrate on real issues. Every year as many as 400 people die in Nevada traffic accidents, 5,000 of heart disease, almost 500 by suicide and around 450 due to flu and pneumonia. Dogs kill more people each year in Nevada than exotics have in the past 22 years.

If Sen. Roberson refuses to grandfather the current owners under his proposed legislation, what does he plan to do with the newly homeless animals? Will he have their blood on his hands? Wildlife sanctuaries are full and they often have less trained staff than fine Nevada trainers and owners. Sanctuaries are usually nonprofit and therefore don’t stimulate the economy the same way Nevada exotic animal owners and businesses do. Plus, we are inspected by the same federal agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just like everybody else.

I myself moved here from a more urbanized area looking for freedom and open spaces. I am sick and tired of the people who, like me, move here from overregulated areas and then, unlike me, try to change it to be like the old “home.”

I have advice for these folks: If you are against freedom, guns, exotic animals, prostitution and gambling, do not move here. Leave and go back where you came from. Please, leave us alone so we can enjoy one of the few islands of freedom and peace in an otherwise over- regulated nation. Keep Nevada free of nanny politicians who listen only to the out-of-state special interest organizations, instead of their own constituents.

Zuzana Kukol


The writer is president of Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership.

~ by topcatsroar on July 30, 2012.

5 Responses to “No reason to go after exotic pet owners”

  1. Hello, my name is (name with held). Yesterday I had Wildlife and Game come to my house and seize my two year old Kinkajou and two and a half year old Sugar Glider. I live in Pennsylvania. The whole reason why they took my babies was because I have a 10 year old sister who went into my room this past Saturday and got Mojo, the kinkajou, out so that she could play with him. She brought him downstairs from my room and my other sister who is 16 and bipolar made a sudden movement that spooked him, so he bit her. She absolutely hates animals, so i never wanted her to be around him. She went to school on Monday and told the nurse that it was a Kinkajou who bit her. The nurse called animal control and they walked into my room, surprised to see how big his cage is, and how well kept my room and pets are. They noticed that I have a sugar glider and took him too. Please, if there is any way for you to help me out so that I can get them back. I love them so much and need them to be back in my arms. Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.

    • The best and only appropriate advise I can provide to you is to contact an attorney -IMMEDIATELY…An attorney is every animal owners best friend…Try calling a RPOA in your state for possible recommendation for your state. I am not an attorney, and there simply is nothing I can do to help. The animals are your property and you need to know what is their intent. So sorry!!! Best -B

  2. To have a sugar glider or kinkdjou in Pennsylvania, you must have a permit to own. As of last year, the state is no longer issuing permits. In January 2014, the ones that all ready have permits now, will no longer be able to purchase any new animals. Once the animal dies, that is it – they will NOT be able to get another one. PA is now considered a ban state for all private ownership of exotics. We are assuming that you did not have a permit, so now they are the property of the state. Sorry, you should have been informed by the breeder to research your laws as to ownership.

  3. i would love to see you locked up in a cage. you are not god. those animals look miserable. you are sad.

    • Ah, so you would rather see them slaughtered, I see…Stupid is as Stupid shows in your comment…Do the research before posting your garbage here…There is no more wild…even the wild is becoming fenced…species preservation is a responsibility that brings with it as much pleasure as it does a burden -B

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