News on the Ohio bill being passed…
For those who haven’t been following this closely- initially, Savannahs were on the banned list, lumped in with all exotic pets, in the state of Ohio. Now, Savannahs have been listed as exempt from the ban, but as this update will explain- Ohio is basically trying to keep its options open to replace any exempted animals BACK onto the ban list… This is bad news, folks.
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Well, unfortunately for everyone in the state of Ohio and the U.S., the Ohio Senate passed the DWA, SB 310 today – 30-1…a total travesty of justice. The bill now goes to the House and we all better work hard and pray they do not pass the Senate version.
The HSUS is praising the Ohio Senate, so you know that is a bad sign.
And to make matters worse, there had been an amendment introduced on Tuesday that would make it difficult to add exempted animals back on the list (savannah)..well, that was completely negated today – the committee slipped it back into the bill. So the savannah is NOT safe in Ohio…no animal is safe…so all you savannah owners in Ohio…listen up and help out…don’t sit back and wait for someone else to do it for you. You have a Savannah? Well, if things continue as they are, the savannah can be added back in at any time, could be banned and then you will be in the same boat as everyone else.
We will update you here on what steps need to be taken to kill this bill entirely, so stay tuned…and if you are in Ohio, you need to work your tail off and join up with the Ohio groups trying to stop this. If you are not in Ohio, there is still something you can do and we will outline those steps in the coming days.
Thank you for your support – we need to stick together…right now the serval is banned in Ohio as of 2014!!! There would be no savannah if not for the serval – remember that and fight for the serval!