ALDF Praises County Commission Unanimous Approval of Exotic Animal Ordinance

Posted on November 18, 2015

Ordinance Balances Needs of Responsible Exotics Owners and Public Safety

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Patricia Jones, Paws PR: 718-651-7187

lion-cc-jim-grey-article-image-240pxLAS VEGAS – The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, hailed today’s approval by the Clark County Commission of an ordinance that provides meaningful protection for both exotic animals and the public.

The ordinance, which amends Title 10 of the Clark County Code, will require owners to obtain permits that better enable Clark County officials to oversee, monitor, and inspect dangerous animals kept as pets.

“At a time when most states have banned the ownership of dangerous wild animals as pets, establishing permit requirements is a reasonable compromise that should be acceptable to exotics owners who are housing animals safely and humanely,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of ALDF. “The ordinance better enables Clark County law enforcement and public safety officers to track how many dangerous animals are being kept as pets in the community, and how they are being housed, handled, and treated. It’s an important step toward protecting animals and the community alike.”

Carney Anne Nasser, ALDF’s Legislative Affairs Counsel, has been working with Clark County officials for the past four years to develop the ordinance, which is especially important given that Nevada is one of six remaining states with no laws restricting or regulating the private ownership of tigers, lions, and other dangerous wild animals kept as pets. Clark County, which represents the greater Las Vegas area and the largest metropolitan area in Nevada, has historically been a “safe haven” of sorts for individuals who own wild animals.

2 thoughts on “ALDF Praises County Commission Unanimous Approval of Exotic Animal Ordinance

  1. Steffanie says:

    So, there is another situation like in Ohio where the state killed a healthy lion, Leo the Lion and you ignore it? That is what happens to perfectly healthy animals when you give the state more jurisdiction. Just like in kill shelters, most of the employees and vets do not have previous experience with exotic animals which leads to abuse, neglect, and these beautiful animals dying slow and painful death. Leo died with ulcers and open sores all over his body. In two in a half months in the state’s custody he lost most of his body fat. How is that a victory. Explain how you are going to percent this from happening when you and your animal rights cohorts ignore the abuse and neglect inflicted on this lion. You are just as guilty for killing this lion by doing nothing!

  2. Stop all the cruelty to all the poor Animals

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