(FOX19) - The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OMVA) believes Ohio's absence of the regulation of exotic animals needs to be addressed in an appropriate and timely manner.
This issue comes after the events involving the release of wild and dangerous animals in Muskingum County. Fifty six wild and dangerous animals were released from their cages just before their owner committed suicide.
OMVA supports legislative and regulatory efforts to restrict private ownership of indigenous and non-native wild animals that pose a significant risk to public health, domestic animal health or the ecosystem, as well as those species whose welfare is unacceptably compromised.
They believe the possession of exotic and dangerous animals by private individuals presents a clear risk to public safety, as well as unnecessarily compromising animal welfare.