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Michael Maddox, (202) 452-1525

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) called on reptile owners in Ohio to write letters to Ohio Gov. John Kasich today to permanently halt the enforcement of a ban on large constrictors that was recently adopted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. While the regulation has gone into effect, PIJAC is calling for a more deliberate evaluation of this ban, and asking pet owners to voice their concerns. Mike Canning, PIJAC’s President and CEO stated, “We feel that Ohioans should have the right to own constrictors—they make great pets and are safe if handled correctly.” He added, “The pet industry, pet owners and government leaders should come together and address educational requirements for owners of large constrictors, not issue a ban on them.”