A group of exotic-animal owners is challenging Ohio's toughed ownership law in federal court, saying it violates property ownership rights and threatens the health of some animals. Much of the discussion has involved the law's microchipping requirement. Owners say the provision puts animal health in danger, but veterinarians who testified last week said 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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