North Carolina: Ban the private ownership of exotic wild animals

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A 22-year-old college intern named Alexandra Black was killed at a so-called “rescue sanctuary” for exotic animals by a lion in North Carolina - which is one of only FOUR U.S. states that have no laws against the ownership of exotic wild animals.

Black was cleaning an enclosure when she was attacked and killed by the lion. Her family said she “loved animals” and wanted to make a career out of working with them. It’s devastating that the state of North Carolina allowed centers like the Conservators Center to operate under their watch.

Forty-six states have laws against owning extremely dangerous exotic wild animals, but for some reason North Carolina still does not.

This isn’t the first captive big cat incident in North Carolina. Since 1990, 24 people have been killed by captive big cats in the U.S., four of which are children. A 10-year-old North Carolina child was killed by his uncle’s 400 pound tiger while shoveling snow. The tiger pulled him under the fence and dragged the boy into the cage.

In another North Carolina incident, a three-year-old boy was blinded when his father’s pet tiger bit and crushed his skull.

Captive big cats are also left in inhumane and unhealthy conditions because they are left in unqualified hands. They are often killed by their circumstances or by authorities when they undoubtedly escape. 

The private ownership of large cats is good for no one. No matter what, it seems, someone gets hurt. Forty-six states have banned the ownership of large cats - but North Carolina is still behind. With the death of a young woman on their hands, now is the time for North Carolina to end it. North Carolina: Ban the private ownership of exotic wild animals.

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