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What laws should exist governing the types of animals people should be allowed to own?

Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:18 am
Posted by Bjorn Cyborg
Member since Sep 2016
26465 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:18 am
I'm all for personal freedoms, but I don't think people should be allowed to own big cats, venomous snakes, etc., outside of specially equipped facilities with trained and licensed handlers.

These animals regularly escape and endanger the population.

There's a thread on the OT about a man being bitten and killed by his pet Gila Monster.
Posted by Longhorn Actual
Member since Dec 2023
786 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:21 am to
We need commonsense Gila Monster control.
Posted by Lizardman2
Member since Jan 2024
352 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:23 am to
I think that unless you are operating a secure refuge, animals should be limited to common domestic pets as reasonably been exhibited in the US.
Posted by Tiger Prawn
Member since Dec 2016
21822 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:24 am to
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What laws should exist governing the types of animals people should be allowed to own?
Ban on pit bulls
Posted by AuburnTigers
Member since Aug 2013
6930 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:24 am to
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hese animals regularly escape and endanger the population.

prove it
Posted by Deek
Moores Bridge, AL
Member since Sep 2013
712 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:25 am to
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Ban on pit bulls



Have an upvote
Posted by Flats
Member since Jul 2019
21632 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:27 am to
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Ban on pit bulls


Does your husband know you're on the internet playing Karen?
Posted by Bjorn Cyborg
Member since Sep 2016
26465 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:41 am to
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prove it


OK. Below are 3 that I found in two minutes. There are hundreds of other examples.



Pet Tiger stalks Houston Neighborhood

Large African cat escapes its owner and prowls a Detroit suburb

Fifty exotic animals were on the loose. Their owner was dead. Muskingum County deputies gunned down tigers, lions and bears in rainy fields about 55 miles east of Columbus, a senseless tragedy that stunned the world.

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The 2011 threat level: Fearing the loose animals would attack humans, and with sunset approaching, law enforcement intervened.

Deputies killed 49: 18 Bengal tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, three cougars, two grizzly bears, two wolves and a baboon.
One monkey was never found. It's assumed a big cat ate it.
Posted by Slevin7
Member since Sep 2015
1950 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:50 am to
If you own a wild animal, you assume all liability.

Do what you want.

The end.

Posted by Snipe
Member since Nov 2015
10851 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:58 am to
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What laws should exist governing the types of animals people should be allowed to own?



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There's a thread on the OT about a man being bitten and killed by his pet Gila Monster.


None.

Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

And if you stupid games result in other people winning stupid prizes you should be charges and imprisoned.
Posted by EKG
Houston, TX
Member since Jun 2010
43938 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:01 am to
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What laws should exist governing

Posted by Bjorn Cyborg
Member since Sep 2016
26465 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:02 am to
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And if you stupid games result in other people winning stupid prizes you should be charges and imprisoned.


Is that the case now? I don't think it is. Perhaps civil liability, which isn't enough, imo.

Posted by Bjorn Cyborg
Member since Sep 2016
26465 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:03 am to
Then what should the legal penalty be if your pet tiger kills your neighbor?

Murder?
Posted by Bjorn Cyborg
Member since Sep 2016
26465 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:05 am to
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If you own a wild animal, you assume all liability.


What liability? Civil, criminal?
Posted by Flats
Member since Jul 2019
21632 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:07 am to
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None.

Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

And if you stupid games result in other people winning stupid prizes you should be charges and imprisoned.


I don't have a problem with society handing down rules that reasonably minimize the public risk. If you want to own a leopard, great, but here are the acreage and containment requirements. Expanding that beyond animals, if you want to keep a 50 gallon drum of nitro, fine, but you're not storing it in your garage on the cul-de-sac.
Posted by dchog
Pea ridge
Member since Nov 2012
21043 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:07 am to
No.

Posted by captainFid
Vestavia, AL
Member since Dec 2014
4634 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:08 am to
You mean like this... from 2020, how would you like to encounter it.






Also, Just recently, in Chelsea [down HWY-280, 20 mile out of Birmingham] a pet wolf-dog killed a 10 month old toddler.
Posted by Possumslayer
Pascagoula
Member since Jan 2018
6192 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:08 am to
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Ban on pit bulls

And their owners need sent to Mexico.
Posted by EKG
Houston, TX
Member since Jun 2010
43938 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:09 am to
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Then what should the legal penalty be if your pet tiger kills your neighbor?

That’s a different question than the one posed in the OP.
Laws already exist for involuntary manslaughter.


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Murder?

That’s for a judge or jury to decide.
Posted by RolltidePA
North Carolina
Member since Dec 2010
3455 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:10 am to
There's no amendment in the constitution around pet ownership, unless you take a very, very broad reading of the 14th amendment.

Laws regarding ownership of animals that could take others lives without proper enclosures and handling are very much on the table.

I'm very against government regulation, but keeping pets that are non-domesticated, dangerous or venomous animals hits the line where I'm good with restrictions.

Cant believe I've found a spot where I'm very comfortable with government intervention.


As for punishment if say, your pet cobra escapes and kills your neighbor. I think you could easily end up with a gross negligence, manslaughter charge; which could be a year or two of prison.
This post was edited on 2/21/24 at 10:18 am
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