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    S.C- Nonnatives targeted

    Upstate lawmaker to reintroduce exotic animal regulation bill
    COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A senator from the Upstate is reintroducing an exotic animal bill following the escape of several dangerous animals in Ohio earlier this week.

    Sen. David Thomas of Greenville says the bill would dramatically limit the importation and sale of non-indigenous animals in South Carolina. The Palmetto State is currently one of 12 states without limitation on exotic creatures.

    "There is an ongoing importation of exotic animals into South Carolina, which endangers the environment and even human life," Thomas says. "For example, exotic snakes are being imported and could be explosive in harming an ecosystem that does not have natural predators to keep them in balance. Animals that could cause great harm are being imported from Africa and Southeast Asia. I again call on the SC legislature to deal with this issue before our state experiences a real problem."

    Thomas has sponsored a similar bill twice in the past.

    This announcement comes on the heels of news that an exotic animal farm owner released more than 50 animals before killing himself in Zansesville, OH. Officials there shot and killed dozens of animals that were on the run, including tigers, lions and bears.

    An autopsy shows the owner, Terry Thompson, had a bite wound on the head from a large cat. Investigators think the wound occurred shortly after Thompson shot himself.

    What do you think about tightening state regulations on exotic animals? Vote in our poll and leave a comment.
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    Please go vote everyone!

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    Re: S.C- Nonnatives targeted

    i love how its 70 no and only 30 yes hahaha. and that picture was hilarious, of the bobcat jumping through the chain-link fence
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    south carolina has a strong fight force against banning exotics. We love our animals and fight till the end to keep our rights. This will be our third time I believe going up against david he seems to keep reintroducing it year after year. He thinks he gained some momentum after the whole ohio incident but we will fight back.

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    Re: S.C- Nonnatives targeted

    Thank you so much for posting this. I live in Charleston and was not aware of this. The vote is now yes: 23% no: 77%.

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