via Change.org - In December, a rescued lion named Kovu died of kidney failure. The 10 year-old lion lived at the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion, IN. According to workers at the sanctuary, Kovu’s death could have been prevented. The lion suffered from numerous health problems that they believe were caused by his previous living conditions.
While state-issued permits are required, Indiana does allow the ownership of exotic pets including lions, tigers, jaguars, cougars, panthers, cheetahs, wolves, coyotes, jackals, hyenas, bears, venomous reptiles, alligators, crocodiles, gorillas, bonobos, orangutans, Burmese pythons, reticulated pythons, green and yellow anacondas, and more. Further, there aren’t any state requirements for the private possession of monkeys.
Private ownership of exotic animals should be banned in Indiana. These animals don’t belong in people’s backyards — both for their well-being and for the safety of the people around them. Please sign the petition to ban exotic pets in Indiana and share the link on your blog, facebook profile or twitter.