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Claims Not Valid

June 23, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Editor, News-Register:

Regarding the June 2 article "Exotic Animal Owners In Ohio Appeal Restrictions." The First and Fifth Amendments were ratified Dec. 15, 1791. Even if authors had supernatural knowledge of all seven continents and the variety of animals inhabiting them, I doubt they would have dealt with subject of exotic pets owned by American citizens. Owners and their legal representatives should review the Constitution and its Amendments. Afterward they would realize the documents apply to all people, not animals!

Article claims proposed laws would violate First Amendment rights of owners "... by limiting their freedom of association ..." Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble ..." This is a very direct statement, easy to understand, stating Constitution/Amendments are for people.

The Fifth Amendment contains a statement that exotic pet owners and their legal representatives think is a gotcha, namely: "nor be deprived of ... property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation." They feel requiring the purchase and implantation of a micro-chip in an exotic pet represents an exorbitant expense, tantamount to "taking private property ..."! Conveniently, the typical cost of this micro-chip is not in article, only that the cost is exorbitant.

Exorbitant? Whoa, there, people! A Smart Phone only costs $300-$400! I can't believe the cost of a micro-chip is so exorbitant owners of a $5,000-$10,000 pet can't afford one.

Exotic pet ownership is in that age-old category: "If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it!" I know owners are burdened with some deprivations already and can't afford: driving cars due to driver's license fee; buying cars due to sales taxes; buying gas for previously owned cars due to sales and road use taxes; smoking due to sales taxes; vacations due to cost of their exotic pet and its related expenses. But that's life!

Exotic pets belong in their exotic natural environments, not in unfit makeshift cages or holding pens, thrown together with little concern for animals' welfare.

James Wisialowski

Wheeling

 
 

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