Needed leg­is­la­tion

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

In re­sponse to: “State to in­ves­ti­gate lion at­tack that killed in­tern,” (Dec. 1). The deadly maul­ing by a lion at a road­side zoo is not NC’s first tragic in­ci­dent in­volv­ing dan­ger­ous wild an­i­mals. Un­less leg­is­la­tors take ac­tion, it’s un­likely our last. There are five states with few laws pro­hibit­ing the pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous wild an­i­mals, and as a re­sult, in NC, in­di­vid­u­als can eas­ily ac­quire big cats, bears, and pri­mates and keep them as pets.

A 3-year-old was blinded by his fa­ther’s tiger in 1995 and a 10-year-old boy was killed by his un­cle’s pet tiger in 2003. We’ve even had mul­ti­ple at­tacks and es­capes by pri­mates and large cats.

Peo­ple who lack knowl­edge and re­sources ac­quire these young an­i­mals, then ware­house or dis­pose of them when they grow large, ag­gres­sive and dan­ger­ous. Let’s not be the last state in the coun­try to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties from ir­re­spon­si­ble peo­ple who ac­quire dan­ger­ous an­i­mals

Kaitlin Grady Durham

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