Exotic Animals Allowed in Multiple States

Many Americans as well as people around the world were recently shocked to discover the exotic animal problem in Ohio and the lax regulatory environment which allowed one man to collect over fifty animals on a single property, including many tigers. The lax laws in Ohio contributed greatly to the recent tragedy, and a number of exotic animal incidents in that state have resulted in both human and animal loss of life. Ohio isn’t the only state in the United States that allows people to possess exotic animals, however.

Born Free, an animal advocacy organization, compiled a list of states with summaries of their laws as they relate to exotic animal ownership. Many states have banned such ownership, but the following states still allow it, according to their document.

Alabama
Some exotic species are banned, but ownership of lions, monkeys, and tigers is allowed.

Arizona
Some exotic animals are allowed to be owned, but owners must have permits.

Delaware
Some exotic animals are allowed with a permit, but non-native poisonous snakes are banned.

Florida
Cougars, bobcats, cheetahs, ocelots, servals, coyotes, wolves, hyenas, alligators, etc. are allowed with a permit, but large cats such as tigers and lions are not.

Idaho
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, without permits.

Indiana
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

Maine
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

Mississippi
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

Missouri
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

Montana
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

Nevada
Some exotic animals are allowed without permits, such as felines, wolves, primates and elephants.

North Carolina
Some exotic animals are allowed with permits, and may be subject to restrictions by local ordinances.

North Dakota
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with a permit, license and certificate.

Ohio
Exotic animal ownership is allowed without permits.

Oklahoma
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

Pennsylvania
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

Rhode Island
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

South Carolina
Some exotic animals are banned for ownership, some are allowed with permits, and others don’t require permits.

South Dakota
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

Texas
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, with permits.

West Virginia
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, without permits.

Wisconsin
Exotic animal ownership is allowed, without permits.

Image Credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Related Links
Exotic Animals Taken Down by Police
Man’s Tame Deer Shot by Police

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

93 comments

Konstantin Trubin

thank you

Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen3 years ago

do not forget, exotics from far away and "exotics from home" some states you can have a live wolf as a pet, some states you cannot own wolf fur.

now people want dangerous carnivores as pets. itis wrong. but it should be ok to take in orphaned wildlife as a pet.

ok to have a whitetail deer as a family member, but not an eland as a pet.

Phyl M.
Pho M.3 years ago

All exotic animal ownership MUST be BANNED everywhere. Circuses & traveling zoos are the worst offenders! Must be stopped!

Amy L.
Amy L.3 years ago

All exotic animals in the US should be banned. Just look at Florida - boa constrictors that were once someone's pets are now thrown in the Everglades only to reek havoc on the indigenous species and the overall Eco system. Its now an ecological disaster. Not too long ago some nut job released all of his tigers out of their pens endangering the community and first responders. Some of the tigers were killed and the homeowner committed suicide while the tigers [he just had to have] ran wild in the area. I will never support anyone owning an exotic animal. Its selfish, irresponsible and ridiculous to even want one and its even more ridiculous that states allow it.

Veronique L.
Veronique L.3 years ago

That's really amazing! How can that be possible in so many states?

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

This is so wrong! But not also the people in charge of reinforcing the law, but also the people who have exotic animals as pets, shame on them!!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

sick

Taina B.
Taina B.4 years ago

In the US its just the mighty BUCK which rules...unfortunately they think its the road to happiness

Lea J.
Lea Johnson4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Amanda Goodwin
Amanda Goodwin4 years ago

Pearl, then you are basically saying that ALL animals should be banned, INCLUDING cats and dogs. Because guess what, there is a HUGE percentage of people who neglect them. Intentionally or not, there are countless cats and dogs that are not properly cared for. So, Are you willing to give up your furry companions? Because that is basically what you are saying should happen.