Animals, the Public Gain New Protection

Another action Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was wise to take was signing a bill that places restrictions on keeping wild animals in captivity in West Virginia.

Now that Tomblin has approved such rules here, detailed rules will be drawn up. Clearly, they need to be strict – but also should take into account special circumstances such as those who use animals in educational programs.

Our state has needed such regulations for many years. Ohio lawmakers established limits after the 2011 tragedy near Zanesville, when a deranged man released dozens of animals. Many, including rare tigers and lions, had to be killed. The new West Virginia law will protect both animals and the public.