George Hiotis

Federal Judge Hears Exotic Animal Lawsuit

by George Hiotis on December 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

A Federal Judge is scheduled to begin hearing testimony Monday in a lawsuit involving Ohio’s new law regulating dangerous wild animals.  Four owners filed the lawsuit in Columbus Federal Court last month contending the restrictions threaten their first amendment and property rights.  The owners claim the law forces them to join private associations and possibly give up their animals without compensation.  They also take issue with a requirement that the animals be implanted with a microchip before they are registered with the State so they creatures can be identified if they get lost or escape.  The Humane Society of the United States has joined Ohio officials in defending the law that it strongly supports.  The organization contends it has an interest in the case’s outcome because it is pushing similar laws nationwide.