Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kasich's Response Pathetic

After 49 exotic animals had to be killed because Republican Gov. John Kasich allowed an executive order by former Gov. Ted Strickland to expire, this is how Kasich responded to questions:


"What had been proposed was frankly, not very workable," Kasich said. "You don't want to just put something out and not have the infrastructure or have all the complications that are connected to this. As a result of that, we formed a working group. Obviously going to move faster now. And at the end of the day, there will be legislation."

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is heading up the effort to mold the law. They said they expect to have something within 30 days.

So what is allowed right now? In Ohio, it's about as easy as it gets to own a tiger, a bear or even a lion as a cat or dog.....

Kasich is wrong in so many ways.  Something is better than nothing.  Instead of at least renewing what Strickland had started, Kasich let it go. As Kasich and his Republican cohorts repeat the mantra that regulations are bad, we are seeing the results of his careless attitude.  He could have used Strickland's proposal as a starting point to bring tighter restrictions, however, he chose to abolish the order entirely.  Just as he has done away with education improvements, voting expansion, help for the poor, Kasich has tossed away any evidence of progress made by the Strickland administration. 

Even as the public, animal rights advocates, and Jack Hanna have demanded change, Kasich decides to create a "working group."  Then he says, " the end of the day, there will be legislation...."  Today, Democratic State Rep. Debbie Phillips started some legislation to ban the ownership of exotic animals in the state (see DaytonDailyNews).  It is a start.