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Nevada Legislature Looks At Animal Welfare
Nevada Legislature Looks At Animal Welfare

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AIR DATE: April 4, 2013

Animal welfare activists are ratcheting up the pressure on the Nevada legislature. Currently lawmakers are facing bills that would end the practice of horse tripping, put a stop to bear hunting, and even limit what wild animals we can feed. And exotic animal ownership would be limited to zoos and Strip entertainers.
 
Does this legislation protect wildlife, or put unnecessary restrictions on hunters, entertainers, and those who feel they’re offering sanctuary to wild animals?
 
GUESTS
 
Stacia Newman, Nevada Political Action for Animals
Holly Haley, Nevada State Director, HSUS
Scott Shoemaker, Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership

 

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    Attempting to minimize the potential danger of captive tigers and other dangerous wild animals by comparing them with the number of injuries or fatal attacks caused by dogs is misleading. It fails to take into consideration that a relatively small number of big cats are responsible for a relatively large number of attacks. If the ratio of animals to fatal attacks is compared, tigers are 360720 times more likely to be involved in a fatal attack than dogs.
    Sam GregoryMar 27, 2013 10:06:12 AM
    These bans are passed under the guise of public safety. Dogs kill more people and dogs are public safety issue, since many attack random people in public places, like kids on the way to school. Fatal exotic attacks occur on the property where the animals are kept to owners/handlers, NOT in public places, that is occupation/hobby hazard, NOT a public safety issue, since random public is NOT attacked.
    ZuzanaMar 27, 2013 11:22:05 AM
    This isn't Animal WELFARE, this s ANIMAL RIGHTS. I am surprised that the reporter doesn't know the difference. Also, private owners of exotic pets treat their pets like Family. The majority of *incidents* occur in Zoos and Entertainment venues, exactly the people this ill-conceived Law will exempt. >^,,^<
    Kat MalsteadMar 27, 2013 09:48:28 AM
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