Exotic animal owners ask for looser regulations

The owners sued the state over the regulations, arguing the law violates their free speech and free association rights.
Associated Press
Apr 1, 2014

Exotic animal owners in Ohio are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision that upheld the state’s restrictions on exotic animals.

The owners sued the state over the regulations, arguing the law violates their free speech and free association rights.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati court ruled against the owners earlier this month.

Ohio said the rules address animal welfare, public health and public safety concerns associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.

The new law requires owners to get a new stateissued permit by Jan. 1 of this year. They also must pass background checks, pay fees, obtain liability insurance or surety bonds and show they can properly contain and care for the animal.

Comments

dorothy gale

How does this infringe on anyone's right to free speech??? Wild animals are not pets and should not be held as such! I wish all States would issue a total ban on importing and owning all "exotic" animals.

Nemesis

Because the law requires them to be members of an organization that engages in advocacy. It's a flawed law.

Set standards they must meet, certifications they must earn, inspections they must pass, sure. Tell them they must join a private organization with whose advocacy they disagree - that's not constitutional.

Dilligaff

+1