PA Senate Bill Proposes Ban of Private Possession of Exotic Animals

Siberian TigerSiberian TigerWhen you think of the state of Pennsylvania, exotic usually isn't the first word to come to mind. But when talking about exotic animals, Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that still allows residents private possession of dangerous, exotic animals.

In fact, the Humane Society of the United States is backing the Senate in a proposed bill that would ban regular people from possessing animals like cougars, cheetahs, jaguars, bobcats, tigers, bears, lions and more in the state of Pennsylvania.

Presently in Pennsylvania, the person possessing the wild animal is within the law if he or she purchases a permit from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. However, under that law, the animal owner has no obligation to inform neighbors or local schools that such animals are in his or her possession.

Currently through the United States, 29 states have banned (in some form or fashion) the private possession of wild and exotic animals. Eight states (Alabama, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin) do not require the owner to obtain a license or permit to register the animal with state or local authorities to privately possess the animal.

A handful of cities in Pennsylvania do outlaw such private possession. More notably, Philadelphia outlaws people from keeping a wild animal in any place other than a zoo, veterinary hospital or clinic, humane society, circus or facility used for educational or scientific purposes.

This proposed ban, House Bill 1398, is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Sources: BornFreeUSA, and

Christine Mouser
Guest Blogger

May 25, 2012
by Anonymous
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Sounds like 'Big Brother' at

Sounds like 'Big Brother' at work to me! Sure, perhaps rules and regulations governing exotic animal ownership of animals that absolutely do not belong in the private sector; animal species with a reputation for being dangerous or lethal. To group all exotic animals into one category is the lazy man’s out and too imposing on people, in general. Where is the line going to be drawn between our rights as citizens in the United States and the Government dictating our every whim with consequences? Not fair; and, I don’t like it at all; and, neither should you. If people do not unite and take a stand to protect themselves against Government enactments, we, the people of the United States will eventually become victims of a dictatorship, our Government. The Government cannot even control themselves; so, why allow them to get into our business? I feel the same way about State Governments. We are allowing the Governments to herd us around like sheep, and doing nothing to stop their interference in our rights as citizens in what is suppose to be a free Country. Agreed and accepted, regulations of animals that plainly do not belong in a private home should be scrutinized; but again, to lump all exotic species under one big umbrella is just plain stupid! All the Government is doing is making its’ citizens go underground to get away from its’ control, because if someone wants an illegal pet, they’re going to do whatever it takes to have what they want. There has to be a compromise between the entities of you and me. Use your brains people! Fight for your rights.

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