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Ohio’s Exotic Animal Law Survives Federal Lawsuit

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upholds Ohio's law restricting exotic animals.
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March 4, 2014

A federal appeals court has upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals, rejecting a challenge by owners who claimed the law is too stringent and forces them to join in associations with which they disagree.

No Permits Issued Yet for Ohio Exotic Animal Owners in 2014

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File photo of one of three panthers rescued by the Columbus Zoo from Terry Thompson's farm near Zanesville.
11:16AM
December 31, 2013

Ohio officials have issued no permits to owners of dangerous wild animals, though they are required to have them to keep their creatures starting Wednesday.

Evidence Shows Exotic Animal Owner Killed Himself

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Deputies say Terry Thompson committed suicide after releasing many of his exotic animals.
11:40AM
January
5, 2012

An Ohio sheriff is reporting more evidence that a man killed himself after setting loose dozens of wild, exotic animals he owned.