Fight Cruelty

West Virginia: Regulate Private Possession of Dangerous, Wild Animals!

WV H.B. 4393—Regulation of Private Possession of Wild Animals
Sponsor:  Delegate Randy Swartzmiller
ASPCA Position:  Support
Action Needed:  None

Update—March 25, 2014:  We are pleased to report that Governor Tomblin has signed this bill into state law. Great job, West Virginia advocates!

The West Virginia Legislature has passed House Bill 4393, legislation that would regulate the private possession of dangerous wild animals. Owning exotic animals presents serious public health and safety concerns as well as serious animal welfare concerns. Wild animals do not make good pets; they are not behaviorally suited for lives of domestic confinement and they rarely receive proper care or adequate veterinary attention. In addition, some animals can be dangerous to their human neighbors.