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Appendix F4

Appendix F4

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Published by: The Official Petiton on Jan 04, 2013
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Good Afternoon,In light of the Ohio bill and others mentioning that dog bites cannot be comparedto exotic animals due to the fact that there are "millions" of dogs, but not millionsof exotics, I have prepared an analysis which breaks down figures to percentage of owners and/or households that have had an incident. The percentage of domesticanimal owners that have had an incident, is greater than the percentage of exoticanimal owners that have an an incident. In my research, I also discovered thataccording to the AVMA there are an estimated 1.18 million "other" exotics in theUS.Resources are listed below the analysis. The analysis figures are PER YEAR.
Dog Bite Analysis...
 Number of dogs owned perspective- 4,700,000 dog bites / 72,114,000 dogs ownedin us=
6.5% of dogs had an incident
 Number of households owning dogs perspective- 4,700,000 dog bites/ 43,021,000households owning dogs=
10.92% of households had an incident.
(According toAVMA households own and avg of 1.7 dogs)Number of individuals hospitalized by dogs- 800,000 hospitalizations/ 72,114,000dogs owned=
1.1% of incidents required hospitalization.
 US population affected- 4,700,000 bites/ 312,000,000 US population=
1.51% of US population is bitten by a dog PER YEAR
 Above numbers do not include other "domestic" animals such as cats, and birds.Actual incidents by domestic animals is greater, but for purpose of this analysis thenumber of dog incidents suffice to prove that exotic pet owners have had a smallerpercentage (and number) of incidents when compared proportionately to
domestics. To note that dogs cause about 12-25 deaths, and 31,000 reconstructivesurgeries a year.
Primate analysis...
 Number owned perspective- 5 bites/ 15,000 owned=
less than .01%
(compared todog 6.5%)Number owned perspective- 5 bites/ 5,000 owned=
(compared to dog 6.5%)US Population affected- 5 bites/ 312,000,000=
less than .00001%
(compared todog's 1.5% of US population)According to AR groups 15,000 pet monkeys are owned in US. There are anaverage of 3 bite/scratch incidents a year. Most do not require hospitalization, andhave been minor. Only exception was with chimpanzee which is an ape, not amonkey. I increased the average incidents in monkeys to 5 to show that even witha higher rate we are still significantly below dogs in number and percentage wise.The statistics above include both monkey and ape incidents, and NONE resulted indeath of an individual as of 2012.
Exotic Animals as a whole
 As a whole if there are 100,000 exotics pets in the united states 13 incidents /100,000 exotics=
.01% had an incident
(again compared to 6.5% of dogs) (13includes incidents at USDA, AZA facilities as well.)Even if number of animals is reduced to 50,000 pets owned- 13/50,000=
.03% of owners had an incident
which is still far less
percentage wise
than dogs alone.According to Born Free there have been 526 exotic animal incidents that causedinjury to humans over a 22 year period. This equals an average of 23.9 incidentsamong ALL exotic animals. Of these 526 incidents, 283 were by Exotic Pet
owners, which would be an average of 12.8 per year. Some of the incidentsreported were only scratches not needing medical attention, but because animalwas "exotic" it was reported. The remaining 243 incidents occurred at federallylicensed USDA facilities ( 98 incidents occurred at AZA facilities, 97 at non-AZA,and 48 at circuses). The 526 also includes incidents by horses, deer and otheranimals which are exotic, but still considered domestic or farm animals. So actualnumber of incidents by animals considered to be "Dangerous" is less than the 526.95 of the 526 incidents that occurred were by reptiles.Enacting legislation which only applies to pet owners, or exempts a certain groupwill not solve problem because ALL groups had an incident. Although again,number of incidents is negligible, especially when compared to other day to dayactivities. Considering that the number of pet owners is much larger than thenumber of zoos in the country, yet the zoos had almost as many incidents involvinganimals also demonstrates that exotic owners are at least just as knowledgeable aszoos. When considering the number of facilities versus number of incidents, petowners would have a lower percentage of incidents compared to zoologicalfacilities.It is difficult to say how many exotic animals are actually kept in captivity in theUS. I think it is safe to say there are at least 100,000 exotics in the US especiallywhen taking into account the reptile industry which is HUGE. According toAVMA the number of exotic animals is estimated at 27.1 million, but list includesfish, gerbils, rabbits, and the sort. The "other" category which would encompasscarnivores, primates and other "dangerous" animals (not including snakes/reptiles)is estimated at 1,182,000. If this is case then 100,000 exotics owned is a grossunderestimate, which only further supports our claim that exotics do NOT pose a

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