Zoo Wars ~ Ohio ODA Must Be Stopped ~ Massacre of Exotic Animals Throughout the State of Ohio
Our Constitution and our PROTECTED Civil Liberties were created to prevent this type of intrusion in our lives from the government-When do you take a stand against the tyranny!?! Animals are property-The government has no interest in animals and have created an illusion of a public safety issue when none exists-Create laws that are difficult for the average man to meet then you have a government that controls you rather than you controlling the government…Create enough laws that makes everyone a lawbreaker then you have a lawless nation…
Couple forced to give up 39-year-old pet bear
LODI, Ohio – Normally, when we think of pets, dogs, cats and perhaps iguanas come to mind. But for a Lodi couple, their pet is a 39-year-old bear!
“I rescued him from a horrible situation. He was living in a cage that was four feet high,” said Jeff Gillium who has owned his bear Archie since Archie was 6-years-old.
Now, Archie is nearing 40, and near the end of his life. But Gillium fears he may die before he has to.
“The ODA says they’re going to come out and use a tranquilizer,” said Gillium. “That might kill him. My only other option is to kill him myself.”
The Ohio Department of Agriculture sent the couple a letter last week saying they must either provide a permit for the bear, voluntarily surrender him to be tranquilized and transferred out of state, or transport him themselves.
“The Dangerous Wild Animal Act was passed in 2012 to prohibit casual dangerous wild animal ownership in Ohio. The law provided a reasonable opportunity for existing owners to obtain a permit to keep their animals and this owner did not comply,” said Erica Hawkins of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “If relinquished as requested, the Department’s animal health veterinarians will work to identify an appropriate, permanent home for the animal and will use their professional judgment to develop a plan for the safe movement of the animal.”
“We didn’t know,” said Jeff’s wife Debbie Gillium. “The only thing I was told is that we were grandfathered in from the division of wildlife and the USDA. We were never informed of this law.”
That law changed in 2012, after several exotic animals were let loose in Zanesville, Ohio by a suicidal owner. If you owned your “pet” before then, you had to apply for a permit and prove proper caging and care for the animal. Before 2012, there was no law against owning exotic animals.
The Gilliums showed Channel 3 correct permits for Archie up until 2013. They say when they went to renew they were told they didn’t have to. Now that it’s too late to get a permit, state law prohibits them from keeping Archie.
I think that he should be allowed to finish out his life here, his years here,” said Debbie. “I think that’s the fair thing. We are not using him for profit. He’s never harmed anybody in all these years. They should’ve notified us they had all summer.”
The ODA says they will look into whether or not the couple was notified in 2012 when the law changed and also whether or not they had the up to date permits before then.
Hawkins says ever since Zanesville, it has been a headache trying to sort out situations for people who wanted to keep their exotic pets.
Animal Rights Extremist Nazis are taking control whether we like it or not ?!? This is an out of control government that passed a law that is near impossible for anyone to meet-Ohio is under the grips of HSUS and every lawmaker that was in favor of creating bad laws without concern for ALL the people that live in Ohio do not deserve to be in office-especially the governor who made a deal with HSUS. I have no plans to go to Ohio again anytime in this lifetime!!! Boycott Jack Hanna’s Columbus Zoo for helping them create such bad laws that not only Hanna supported but likewise the zoo. Do NOT go there and do NOT contribute!!! How dare they wage war against private exotic animal owners!!!
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B