Headlines State Rejects Plan to Allow Hedgehogs and Sugar Gliders As Pets Published 3 years ago on May 23, 2018 By PETS+ Staff Share Tweet Opponents said the animals could hurt the ecosystem. Pennsylvania legislators considered a plan to allow hedgehogs and sugar gliders to be kept as pets, but ultimately voted down the idea. Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives shot down the measure 120-71, Lancaster Online reports. Opponents say such animals could harm the local ecosystem if they escaped, since they are non-native species. Rep. David Zimmerman, who proposed the measure, said there’s little chance of that, since the animals can’t readily live in the wild in the Keystone State. Advertisement Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania director for the Humane Society of the United States, praised the vote. Lancaster Online quoted her saying: “Once the novelty wears off, owners often abandon exotic pets at shelters, turn them loose where they will either perish or threaten native ecosystems, or lock them away in a cage where they suffer from neglect.” The news outlets said four states prohibit the animals. Read more at Lancaster Online Advertisement Related Topics:Legallegislationpocket pets click to Comment(Comment) Advertisement You may like Statement on The Heroes Act Provisions From Mike Bober NY Considers Statewide Ban of Pet Shop Dog, Cat and Rabbit Sales Florida Allows Domestic Violence Protective Orders to Include Pets Promoted Headlines Let’s Hear it for the Comfort Zone Tall Tails Category Spotlight: Terry Naturally® Animal Health Category Spotlight: eTailPet Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Press Releases1 day ago Two Companies from Bend Oregon Team Up for the 2021 Stage Stop Sled Dog Race Press Releases1 day ago New Tiki Cat Grill Pate Wet Cat Food Features Real Fish & Seafood Recipes in Broth Press Releases1 day ago Choice Pet Products Welcomes New Territory Manager to the Team Headlines4 days ago Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Photo Gallery1 week ago How Indie Pet Stores Are Celebrating — and Selling — Valentine’s Day Press Releases1 week ago Lightspeed Launches Supplier Network for Independent Retailers Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: How to Build Community — and Grow Revenue — with Other Businesses Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: Get Ready for Black Friday and Small-Business Saturday Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School Teaches You How to Start a Produce Co-Op for Pets Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important newsand business ideas from PETS+. Advertisement Most Popular Headlines4 days ago Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Photo Gallery1 week ago How Indie Pet Stores Are Celebrating — and Selling — Valentine’s Day Press Releases1 week ago Lightspeed Launches Supplier Network for Independent Retailers Columns1 week ago Shelf Appeal: 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Products for Your Pet Store Hot Sellers1 week ago Holiday Toys, Bird Perches and Spa Treatments Among the Hot Sellers for November Headlines5 days ago Mars Petcare Plans $145M Expansion in Arkansas Press Releases1 week ago Coastal Pet Institutes Authorized Seller Policy Ask PETS+1 week ago What Do You Do When Employees from Other Pet Stores Come Into Your Store?