Should Ohio Ban the Private Ownership of Exotic Animals?

This week, WOSU Public Media’s “Columbus on the Record” panelists discuss whether Ohio should ban private ownership of exotic animals. An executive order that Gov. John Kasich allowed to lapse after taking office would have prevented Zanesville resident Terry Thompson from owning exotic animals.

Other topics: The Ohio Congressional redistricting faces chaos; Senate Bill Five (Issue Two) campaign enters final two weeks; and the five-year-old Ohio smoking ban is being challenged.


  • Laura Bischoff (Dayton Daily News)
  • Mark Niquette (Bloomberg News)
  • Gene Krebs (Ohio Citizen Action)
  • Brian Rothenberg (Progress Ohio)

Read More:

  • Owner of escaped exotic animals opened cages, then committed suicide (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • An order, issued by Gov. Ted Strickland but permitted to expire by Kasich, prohibited anyone who had been “convicted of an offense involving the abuse or neglect of any animal pursuant to any state, local, or federal law” from owning exotic animals (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Rivals ratchet up rancor at Cleveland City Club’s Senate Bill 5 debate (The Plain Dealer)
  • Senate Bill 5 opponents detail union concessions (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Ohio’s Supreme Court clears the way for a referendum on the Ohio redistricting plan (The Plain Dealer)
  • Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern calls for talks on new U.S. House map (Dayton Daily News)
  • Smoking ban challenged at Ohio Supreme Court hearing (The Plain Dealer)

Segments On This Episode (on YouTube)

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The Blame Game on Exotic Game Gone Wild Begins

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Senate Bill Five Campaign Enters Final Two Weeks

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Ohio's Redistricting is in Limbo

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Smoking Ban Challenged at Ohio Supreme Court

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Panelists Offer Their Final Thoughts

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