Zoo Wars~Turtles too-Seriously?!?

You know…Just sitting here wondering about all the ‘jack’ banning animals since the Zanesville ‘incident’ and what a bunch of crap it all is as the claim for pubic safety continues when not a single person was injured accept the owner of those animas and I still question how he died…Isn’t it interesting while taxpayer money and people’s rights to ownership are abused I look for news “it’s happened again” But of course that’s not going to happen But places like West Virginia have now jumped on the band wagon -Did they ban turtles?!? -Seriously!!!


Did we ban turtles too?

Sometimes the Legislature paints itself in a corner. This year’s Wild Animals Act is a good example. As everyone knows, the only way out of a corner is to open the window and crawl out.

Or else, wait for the paint to dry.

Legislators passed this bill in response to the danger posed in Zanesville, Ohio, in October 2011 by exotic animal keeper Terry Thompson who unleashed his 18 Bengal tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, a pair of grizzlies, three mountain lions, two wolves and a baboon, and then killed himself.

Law enforcement officers spent days hunting down the lions and tigers and bears. To their credit, West Virginia lawmakers wanted to avoid such trouble here by requiring licenses and insurance for anyone who owns exotic animals.

But this bill may harm a program that teaches children about snakes and turtles. Larry Cartmill for 40 years has taken these exotic animals to schools.

“Larry is one of those gifted teachers who is passionate and inspirational about his subject,” Jim Waggy of the Division of Natural Resources told the Daily Mail’s Whitney Burdette.

“By bringing live snakes and turtles into his Master Naturalist presentations, as well as when he speaks to other groups, he is able to spark interest and excitement in a way PowerPoint presentations just can’t do.”

Cartmill said he cannot afford to meet the bill’s requirement that he carry liability insurance of $100,000 or more.

Surely no one wants to deprive children of an education. Seeing snakes and the like up close and personal could get more children interested in science.

“If legislators had accepted the offer of university professionals and experienced experts like Larry to address this legislation, then the language could have been precise enough to address the narrow, rare problem without having this draconian impact on so many people for no good reason,” Waggy said.

The state has two options for dealing with being painted in the corner like this. It can climb out of the window by having the governor veto the bill.

Or state officials can wait till the paint dries.

The bill created a three-person panel to decide which animals are wild. The panel can listen to Cartmill and other experts, and act accordingly. Then next year, lawmakers can codify the panel’s definition.

And then, lawmakers should be more careful from now on with their paint.


Interesting these states did just fine all these years and now jumping on the bandwagon to ban animals -Did someone sue Ohio for not having a restriction that we don’t know about-These states do not have any interest in animals, so why the BULLSHIT!?! Who introduced the damn bill and who was for it needs to take Civics 101 again…I think they have forgotten what this country is about!!!

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

~ by topcatsroar on March 19, 2014.

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