Spider Monkeys Allowed Under Ohio Budget Change

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Spider monkeys would be free from Ohio's new regulations on dangerous wild animals under a proposed change made to the state budget in the Senate.

Senators want to remove spider monkeys from the list of regulated animals. The proposed change was among dozens of amendments made by the state Senate on Tuesday.

The exotic animal law took effect last September, but some aspects have yet to kick in. For instance, a permit process for owners won't start until October.

Owners of some smaller monkeys, such as marmosets or capuchins, are already granted some leeway under the law.

Current owners who want to keep their dangerous animals must obtain a new state-issued permit, pay fees and obtain insurance by January. Otherwise, they will be banned from having them.