Remember how the Republicans are supposed to be the law-and-order party? That doesn’t apply to laws they don’t like, especially if it’s a law that interferes with making money.
Take for instance, Ohio’s ban on exotic pets. In January of this year, outgoing governor Ted Strickland issued an executive order banning private ownership of any new wild animals and allowed existing exotic pets to be kept only under tough new rules.
Ohio was one of the few states in which private ownership of wild animals as pets was virtually unregulated. Strickland’s action is a step in the right direction, but not nearly enough, as an emergency executive order is only effective for 90 days.
A 90-day ban isn’t really very long, but apparently it is too long for new Ohio governor, Republican John Kasich. While the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is supposed to be enforcing the new policy regarding exotic pets, under Kasich’s orders the ban isn’t being enforced. Why not? Well, according to ODNR spokesperson Laura Jones, “If it was enforced at this very moment, it would hurt small businesses.”