21 Oct '11, 6pm

It is shockingly easy to own exotic animals in the U.S.

The depressing news from Ohio -- where the owner of a large and mismanaged personal exotic animal park let the animals loose to be shot by police, then killed himself -- has led a number of people, such as me, to wonder, "where do you even get 18 endangered Bengal tigers in this day and age?" Turns out it's easier than you might think. New Scientist has rounded up info on U.S. exotic animal laws, from their comfortable position outside the U.S. where they can freely be appalled. Some choice factoids: There are eight states with no laws against owning exotic animals. Other states' laws are wildly inconsistent -- for instance, in Arkansas you can't own a lion, but you can own six bobcats, which is probably the same amount of wild cat by volume. And states that do have laws don't work very hard to prevent exotic animals being brought across state lines, or to prosecute once t...

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