Via NPR, Governor Strickland is set to outlaw exotic pets like the big cats in Ohio.
I am a cat lover, you have probably figured that out by know. I would love, LOVE to have my own big cat. I know that desire is irresponsible. I live in a streetcar suburb. A tiger would solve a whole lot of home security issues, and create a whole lot more liability issues. And meat-bill issues. And spraying. It’s annoying enough when a 9 pound cat marks his territory. Just think about the volume and the smell that could be produced by a 450 pound tiger. We are talking gallons here, folks.
Owning an animal is like getting a family member. You have to take care of them. Feed them. Attend to their needs before yours–I can go out for dinner. If a big cat does it, someone’s going to get hurt. But the law does allow “mascots”. So Massillon, Ohio, can get a lion cub, keep it for a year, and get rid of it. That’s OK. That doesn’t sit right with me either. If the cat is not a toy, then it is not a toy in all circumstances. It is not right to say a private person cannot treat an animal like a mascot but a school or a sports team can? That is a new take on the only ones, and I like that as little as I do any other only one argument.
I am conflicted. I’m a small-l libertarian. I worry about laws, because laws are enforced by threats, power, and aggression, and I’m less and less interested in telling people “do this or else.” As the folks at Popehat pointed out in THIS post. The key graf:
We get, and deserve, the tyranny we tolerate. We get it because we teach officious government officials that regulating our life is their birthright. More frighteningly, we get it because we teach our children that the role of the government is to regulate our life — thus dashing their chances to be free people.
So first, there is the whole hypocrisy issue. Peons like myself are not trusted by the state to make the right decisions, but the anointed/selected/blessed are. Secondly, there is the intrusion issue. Though it may be irresponsible of my in my present situation, had I more money, I could buy a tiger. Why may I not spend my money as I wish? Finally, if its wrong for me to own exotic big cats, why can Obie live on the fifty-yard line for a year? Wild animals should be wild–and they need to be in places like Tiger Haven