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March 4, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ohio Exotic Animal Law

An appeals court has upheld Ohio's law restricting who can own exotic animals. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling upholding the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act. Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president & chief counsel for animal protection litigation of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“We applaud the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals for upholding this commonsense statute. Private possession of exotic animals like big cats, bears, nonhuman primates, crocodiles and large constrictor snakes poses an unacceptable risk to public safety and animal welfare, and regulations restricting possession of these animals to qualified facilities is both necessary and constitutional.”

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