Detroit Suburb Extends Moratorium on Private Ownership of Exotic Animals Pending Final Ordinance

The City of Royal Oak, Michigan, has extended an existing moratorium on the private ownership of non-domestic animals. The moratorium will be effective through August 8, 2022, during which time the city hopes to complete drafting a more permanent ordinance. The moratorium and the preparation of an exotic pet ordinance were precipitated by the escape of servals who were being kept as pets in the residential neighborhood that surrounds the Detroit Zoo in October 2021.