Originally Posted by Rosiemac
John i havent looked at your thread for a while now, but something told me i must today?.AND AM I PLEASED I DID!!!
Well done Sir!
I need to go back some pages though because i don't know what's happend with Carmelo?
From what I gather, this bill is now dead. It can come back as another one, but we will be even more prepared in case it does. But, this was a great victory for ALL animal owners, since this was an Animal Rights backed bill (API and HSUS wanted it to pass)
As for Carmelo, nothing happened to him, I just had an issue with the township I live in. I think I explained it in the picture thread. I won the battle to keep my bobcats on my property, but they have some stupid zoning issue and didn't want Carmelo there, nor the bobcats, but I told them if they make me move my bobcats, I would file a huge lawsuit against them. Before I moved there, I called the township hall and asked them if they had any laws about exotic animals. No one ever called me back. Mind you, this is a rural area, mostly farm and many people have horses, cows and bison.It should be noted, horses kill or injure many people every year. There has been more people injured or killed by horses than ANY large cat in captivity. Imagine getting charged by a bison!!
When I moved, I found out they had a zoning issue. I was able to finally speak with the zoning people who stated and I quote "we have no problems with you owning bobcats, as long as there are no complaints". Well, the only one who complained, was an Animal Rights activist spy who complained. (Is it any wonder why I hate these AR groups and what I say about them is the truth!!) Well, the township wanted me to move all my exotics off my property. I told them NO!!, I will not, because this was a complaint by an AR person, not a neighbor or resident of our county. (I would have still told them no, even if it wasn't an AR person) I told them, even though you have a zoning issue, you told me it was ok and I have them on tape telling me this. (I called them from a recorded phone line at work) I told them, if you had a zoning issue, you should never have told me "it was ok as long as there was no complaint". It has to be one way or the other. So, I told them a lawsuit would be filed. So, they have left me alone. However, with Carmelo, I decided to move him to our friends place, until I relocate. I wanted to let this stupid controversy to cool down. I was adv, that if I hired an attorney, more than likely I could take them to court and win, to bring Carmelo back onto our property, due to the way the zoning law is written. (It is not written well at all, many loopholes) But, I would much rather use the money to buy a new piece of property (5 or more acres) than to spend it on an attorney. It should be noted, not one person who lives near me has any problems with my big cats, they all love them and were very upset when I relocated Carmelo. I had many of them say, they would back me up if I tried to change the zoning.
You may wonder how I know this was an AR spy. Well last year, there was an incident in a county next to mine, where a guy who raises bears for fur, urine and other body parts, had one of his animals escape. Yes, it did injure someone, but nothing was life threatening. Like I said, this is a rural county, you can be inured by a farmers cow, horse or bison. The bear owner was not a private "pet" owner. I know how the bear got out, it was a mistake the breeder made and he should be held accountable for his mistake, but this incident does not mean we need a ban law. Good fair regulations would have made sure this mistake did not happen. Well, since that incident, my information was posted in a local newspaper, as a person who owns exotic animals. Shortly after, a suspicious group of people stopped by our residence. It was after this, I had my troubles with the township and a few weeks after that, a ban bill supported by API and HSUS came before our state legislature. That bill was stopped and a new one, HB45 appeared. Now that HB45 was stopped, a new one may appear, but it may not be for awhile. However, we will continue to prepare, so we can stop this nonsense once and for all. I hope everyone can understand what I just wrote. I tried to make it as short as possible
Carmelo is still our boy, he just lives at our friends exotic cat sanctuary, until we move. As seen by all the pictures I post, we spend a lot of time with him. Almost as much time as if he lived on our property.