FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 19, 2011 – The unfortunate events involving the release of wild and dangerous animals in Muskingum County serves as a reminder that Ohio’s absence of meaningful regulation of exotic animals needs to be addressed in an appropriate and timely manner.
The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) 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. The possession of exotic and dangerous animals by private individuals presents a clear risk to public safety, as well as unnecessarily compromising animal welfare.
Ohio’s veterinary community will continue to work with state entities to advance appropriate restrictions on exotic animal ownership in an expeditious manner.
About the OVMA
The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is a non-profit organization providing services to its members in the areas of continuing education, advocacy on public policy matters, and access to variety of professional resources. The OVMA represents more than 2,400 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties. The OVMA’s principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine. Learn more about the OVMA and access a wealth of animal health resources online at www.ohiovma.org.