Your Input Needed on Dane County Exotic Animal Ban

Dane County is considering a ban on the sale of large or dangerous exotic animals like tigers, alligators, chimpanzees, and venomous snakes in part because of the recent Ohio disaster.

There is good news and there is bad news regarding this proposal.

First the good news:
If passed, the amendment will help reduce the likelihood of someone keeping a lion or lions in their basement, a monkey in their garage, or the sale of such animals in Dane County.

Now the bad news:
This proposal was recently amended to exempt “farming operations”. The definition of “farming operation” is so wide open that it is going to be the exception that swallows the rule. Most of the worse exotic offenders are going to be people who will qualify under the so called “farming operation” exception. This exception does not exist in the City’s ordinance and the primary purpose of this effort was to bring the City’s and County’s ordinances into conformance.

Please e-mail your Dane County Supervisor and cc the Committee members below stating that farming operations should not be exempt from this exotic animal amendment. Tell then that no commonly farmed animal species is affected by the original proposal. The “farming operation” exception is a mistake and unwarranted.

Let’s all do what we can to encourage this committee to remove the “farming operation” exception.

Public comment will be taken at the beginning of the meeting, before any discussion of the resolution. If you plan to attend and/or speak, please be prompt.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 5:45 p.m.
City-County Building Room 354
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Madison

Health and Human Needs Committee

stubbs@countyofdane.com, levin.jeremy@countyofdane.com, vedder.barbara@countyofdane.com, duranczyk@countyofdane.com, willett@countyofdane.com, ronnferrell15@charter.net, sargent@countyofdane.com

Sheila Stubbs, Chair
Jeremy Levin
Barbara Vedder
Denise Duranczyk
Mike Willett
Ronn Ferrell
Melissa Sargent

For Dane County Supervisor contact info click here.
Who is my Dane County Supervisor? Call Board of Supervisor’s office at 266-5758.

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