zoos http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's zoos opposed to 'bear cub handling' bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-zoos-opposed-bear-cub-handling-bill <p>Legislation to allow tourists to hold and pose for photos while holding bear cubs is being criticized by Michigan’s zoo keepers.</p><p></p><p>The state senate passed a bill this month that would allow exhibitors to let people come into very close contact with bears less than nine months old and under 90 pounds.</p><p></p><p>The legislation is intended to help a bear sanctuary in the Upper Peninsula that funds its operations, in part, by letting tourists hold and pose for pictures with bear cubs.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:30:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 11380 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's zoos opposed to 'bear cub handling' bill Exotic animals killed in Ohio puts spotlight on Michigan bill http://michiganradio.org/post/exotic-animals-killed-ohio-puts-spotlight-michigan-bill <p>The tragedy that unfolded for the exotic animals near Zanesville, Ohio on Tuesday night and Wednesday highlighted the lack of regulation in Ohio for a particular type of animal compound.</p><p>Terry Thompson kept bears, tigers, lions, monkeys, and other animals on his property.</p><p>He reportedly did not display them to the public for compensation, and was not required to carry a permit from the USDA. And an Ohio state law regulating exotic animals had expired.</p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:43:11 +0000 Mark Brush 4653 at http://michiganradio.org Exotic animals killed in Ohio puts spotlight on Michigan bill