A group of exotic-animal owners is challenging Ohio's tough new ownership law in federal court, saying it violates property ownership rights and threatens the health of some of the animals. Much of the discussion Tuesday centered on the law's microchipping requirement. Owners argued the provision puts animal health in danger, but veterinarians who testified argued the devices are safe and standard in zoo species except fish. Ohio instituted stringent exotic-animal ownership laws after a Zanesville man released dozens of dangerous exotics last year and then killed himself.
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