Mother of Ohio bear attack victim writes governor in support of statewide exotic pet banBy AP
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Mother of Ohio man killed by bear favors pet ban
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The mother of an Ohio man who was fatally mauled by a bear has thrown her support behind an exotic pet ban being written in the state.
Deirdre Herbert says in a letter dated Saturday to Gov. Ted Strickland that keeping wild animals as pets is a “prescription for more tragedies.” The Humane Society of the United States, which is pushing for the ban, posted her letter on its website.
Twenty-four-year-old Brent Kandra died after an Aug. 19 attack as he fed the bear owned by another man at a suburban Cleveland animal facility.
Herbert urges Strickland to closely examine whether current owners of dangerous pets — such as bears, lions, tigers, chimpanzees and big snakes — should be able to keep the animals after the ban takes effect.
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