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Exotic animal bill for Texas

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POSTED: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:48pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 9:40pm

Exotic pet laws are in place in other states and soon it could be the same in Texas.

The Humane Society of the United States reports, Texas has one of the worst records of incidents involving captive wild animals in the country.

Lawmakers say, big cats, chimpanzees and baboons should be banned in counties with a population more than 70,000.

Terri Werner, Director, of Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge tells KETK, there's more to this bill than it seems. It's targeting them and the exotic animals they care for.

"For sanctuaries Global says, there's no breeding buying selling that kind of thing, and we agree to that most of the part, except down the road we do know at some point sanctuaries do need  to become a part of a managed breeding program for big cats because even zoos have lost a lot of their breeding stock," says Terri Werner, Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge.

This bill is introduced as a public safety measure because these animals can kill or cause serious injury.

Gayle Helms, Director of 'Pets fur People' in Tyler says, the private ownership is not the way to go.

"We would be very supportive on a ban on that....however with the facilities that are set up properly as far as the safety issues we have no problem with that but we have to remember these are wild animals and they are always going to be wild," says Gayle Helms, Director, "Pet Fur People".

Helms says, no matter what environment they've been in they are unpredictable.

If this bill passes, organizations will prohibit places like Tiger Creek.

 

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I was at Tiger Creek the day that this aired. I understand that owing exotic pets privately is a bad idea, however places like Tiger Creek are very beneficial to exotic cats. What should be done with these cats? Some are declawed or have conditions that prevent them from returning to the wild. If Tiger Creek is forced to close do the law makers want the cats to be destroyed? Tiger Creek is a well run, safe place that is trying to do the right thing and save rare and endangered cats.

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