Nevada’s Worst Legislator of the Year Award goes to-Senator Michael Roberson

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2013/03/nv-sb245-exotics-bill-intro-031313.html

The Humane Society of the United States commends Nevada Sen. Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, for introducing S.B. 245 to prohibit the keeping of dangerous wild animals as pets. Given the recent escape of two chimpanzees who rampaged through a Las Vegas neighborhood—and the subsequent shooting death of one of them—The HSUS applauds the state’s proactive approach to turn this problem around and protect public safety and animal welfare.

S.B. 245 will prohibit the future possession of dangerous wild animals including big cats, bears, primates, wolves, alligators, crocodiles and some species of venomous snakes. Existing owners will be able to keep the animals they currently have, but breeding and new acquisitions of dangerous wild animals will be prohibited. This legislation exempts accredited zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, research and educational facilities, casinos and circuses.

Roberson said, “It has been clear for some time that it is a free-for-all in Nevada when it comes to owning dangerous exotic animals as pets. These animals can cause death, inflict serious injury and spread deadly diseases. It is difficult, if not impossible, for individuals to meet the animals’ specialized needs in captivity. The most recent incident is a case in point that the average person is not properly equipped to own and care for these animals.”

Holly Haley, Nevada state director for The HSUS, added, “Lax laws in Nevada have threatened the safety of our residents and the welfare of wild animals themselves caught up in this trade. In order to protect public safety and animal welfare, Nevada needs to join the dozens of states that have common-sense restrictions on the private ownership of big cats, primates, and other dangerous wildlife in our communities.”

Nevada is one of only six states with virtually no legal restrictions on the keeping of dangerous wild animals as pets. The time has come for Nevada to take decisive action on this issue.

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Looks like Roberson needs to get his priorities straight -Obviously, he bought into the HSUS Animal Rights Extremists Agenda to end Private Exotic Animal Ownership. How many incidents with dogs and house cats have there been?!? Of, I forgot mandatory S/N laws will stop pet ownership all together…PHOOEY!!!

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay  tuned Best -B

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~ by topcatsroar on March 15, 2013.

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