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New Ohio law protects humans, animals

June 8, 2012
The Journal

Many concerns still exist regarding Ohio's new limits on ownership of exotic animals - but it is good the state finally has such a law. Gov. John Kasich signed the measure, referred to as Senate Bill 310, this week.

It became apparent new rules were needed last fall, after a man living near Zanesville released dozens of animals, then committed suicide. Sheriff's deputies were forced to kill lions, tigers, bears and other creatures to safeguard the public.

Suggestions that limits on ownership of such animals were needed unleashed a wave of hysteria, with some exotic animal owners claiming they would leave the state if the bill was enacted.

The law allows those who already own exotics to keep them, providing they register and obtain proof of financial responsibility. Refuges and rescue facilities are given some breaks.

As enforcement of the law proceeds, the need for some changes will become apparent. Reasonable amendments should be made. Again, however, the limits were needed - to protect both human beings and animals.



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