Vicki Deisner, OAA Executive Director, authored a letter to the editor on 4/18/23 in the Columbus Dispatch entitled ‘Wildebeest Tip of the Iceberg’.

Not only did a former Vinton County official steal public funds, he used money to set up a roadside zoo caging exotic animals in deplorable conditions.

While “public education” is often touted as a justification for roadside zoo displays, this excuse assumes that simply seeing exotic animals up close — no matter how unnatural the setting — fosters an appreciation for animals in the wild. Rather, the likely take-home message is that an exotic animal would make an intriguing pet — often leading to neglect, abuse, improper breeding, and attacks.

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