Ohio Animal Owners Group Opposes Exotic Animals Ban< < Back to
An animal owners group in Ohio says it opposes a recommended state ban on keeping venomous snakes, monkeys, tigers and other dangerous animals.
A study group and several state agencies have proposed that Ohio prohibit people from owning those exotic animals beginning in 2014.
Owners would have to meet new temporary safety standards before then and also register their animals with the state within 60 days of the law taking effect.
The Ohio Association of Animal Owners was a member of the study panel but says the proposal goes too far.
The working group has held expedited meetings since last month, when police were forced to kill 48 wild animals – including endangered Bengal tigers – after their owner freed them from his Zanesville farm and then committed suicide.