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Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 6:18pm.

RALEIGH -- An exotic animal ban in North Carolina is one step closer to reality. Some local private zoo and sanctuary owners were in Raleigh Thursday fighting proposed senate legislation that would prohibit them from housing exotic animals like these. Tregembo Zoo on Carolina Beach Road would be one business affected if the bill is passed. Owners say they would be forced to shut down the zoo... And lose a lot of money in the process. Sherry Tregembo said, "It'd be a huge loss. We're the biggest zoo for probably a couple hundred miles. We get hundreds of school kids in the spring and summer and then get summer camps. It's a huge loss." New Hanover County already has regulations in place that prevents private homeowners from owning exotic animals. If this bill is passed, regulations would go into effect statewide.

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