Originally Posted by JenC511
Sorry it took so long for me to respond. Amber, as much as I personally feel it is my right to own pets, the law just doesn't agree. I can't have a ferret in California, quaker parrots in some states, and I can't have any exotic felines or "wild animals" in the state of Virginia. Jurisdictions across the country have varied laws regarding possession, care, and use of animals. Pet ownership hasn't been established as a legally protected right, as far as I can tell.
Jen trust me, I know all about the laws on pet ownership. I share my life with domestic cats as well as 3 bobcats and a cougar. Yes, "traditional" pets are property and a right to property ownership is part of our constitution. However, some of the animals you listed are classified as "exotic" and that is where we are losing are rights. Blame the animal rights groups on that and they will see to it that ALL animal ownership is banned forever, if we allow them to get their way. It is much easier for them to start, by banning exotics, but trust me, they are hard at work making sure no one will ever own a pet again. Look at the new BSL (breed specific legislation). They, the AR, try to get certain breeds of dogs classified as dangerous. This makes it much easier for them to get a ban law passed. Yes, laws do vary from state to state, but for the most part, these laws are for exotic pet ownership. But, traditional pets are now the target as well. By the way, in Virginia, you can own exotic felines, but you need to have a USDA license and would have to exhibit them to the public. Not quite the same as pet ownership, but if you wanted to own them and exhibit, that would be ok.