George Hiotis

Study Group Proposes Ban On Exotic Animals

by George Hiotis on November 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

A study group is proposing that Ohio ban new ownership of venomous snakes, monkeys, tigers and other dangerous animals with only limited exceptions. The group has been holding expedited meetings since last month when Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies were forced to kill 48 wild animals – including endangered Bengal Tigers – after Terry Thompson freed them from his Kopchak Road Farm and then committed suicide. A summary of the group’s input and state agencies recommendations for new regulations was obtained by the Associated Press Today, after the group’s final meeting. The guidelines suggest the ban start in 2014. Owners would have to meet new temporary safety standards before then and also register their animals with the state.
Zoos, circuses and research facilities would be exempt.