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Ban Live Animals as Prizes at Fairs and Festivals!

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While at a state fair in Louisiana my daughter played a ping pong game and won a baby iguana. It was in poor health, gray in color, lethargic and shriveled from dehydration. When she came home she told me that they were giving away both exotic and domestic animals. There were full grown chickens, large and small iguanas, and rabbits.

These prizes were going out to children who could win them for a few dollars, had no idea how to care for them and would more than likely end up dead. Giving animals away as prizes is wrong. Owning a pet -- let alone an exotic animal -- is a big responsibility, and someone shouldn’t be able to take one home on a whim.

I want the Governor and Legislature of Louisiana to ban this horrific practice.

All around the state of Louisiana, irresponsible game stand owners are handing over living, breathing animals as pets, sometimes without even checking to see if the parent approves. When my daughter came home with her iguana, I knew we had to take care of it, but other parents might not be so kind. When you give animals away as toys, they are treated like toys, and you are putting their lives in danger while also teaching children that these animals’ lives don't have value.

This inhumane practice of live animals as prizes should be illegal because it's cruel to the animals and a financial burden to the recipients. It is one thing to give a child a stuffed animal, but another thing entirely to give out living, breathing creatures.

Please join me and ask the Governor and Legislature of Louisiana to make this practice illegal in our state! Every life is a prize, but it shouldn’t be treated like one.

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