Imagine buying a house, having kids and then learning of your neighbor's plans to start an exotic pet collection. And worse yet... you have no legal recourse against it.
In some states there are literally no laws against owning exotic pets. And in some states, all it takes is a permit. In fact, in most places in the United States of America, your neighbor is legally permitted to own a lion or a tiger or a grizzly bear. And that's scary as hell when you consider what happened in Zainesville, Ohio last year where the guy just got fed up and let all his wild animals loose. Time for laws to move into the 21st century.
States that require no permission:
Alabama, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
States where you need to get a permit:
Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas
States where some animals are legal, but others are banned: Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Virginia
States which are living in the 21st century:
Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming