Federal Case-Exotic Animal Ownership

**Wishing my best for VICTORY for Ohio Exotic Animal Owners and Private Exotic Animal Owners everywhere…Hoping this will set president for the rest of the country that authorities can not come and seize happy, healthy and well cared for animals just because some people have no regard or respect for owners rights to their property. Jack Hanna needs to back off and at the very least stop using animals owned by private owners to make his living!!! He’s done this for years and anyone supplying their animals to him or anyone that doesn’t support private ownership should stop!!! The continued lies and claim for public safety is BULLSHIT!!! https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/3034/

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/12/challenge_to_states_exotic-ani.html

1/10/2012

Challenge to state’s exotic-animals law to begin today in federal court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is scheduled to begin hearing testimony today in a lawsuit over Ohio’s new law regulating dangerous wild animals.

Four owners filed the lawsuit in federal court in Columbus 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’re registered with the state, so the creatures can be identified if they get lost or escape.

The Humane Society of the United States has joined Ohio officials in defending law, which it strongly supported. The organization contends it has an interest in the case’s outcome because it is pushing similar laws nationwide.

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http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2012/12/10/federal-judge-to-hear-testimony-on-exotic-animal-law-today/

Exotic Animal Owner Tells Judge New Rules Would Wipe Out Her Budiness

COLUMBUS — An animal owner has told a federal judge that Ohio’s new regulations on exotic creatures would wipe out most of her business and put her animals’ lives in danger.

Cyndi Huntsman testified today that a requirement that animals receive a microchip for identification would put animals at risk because of sedation during surgery.

Huntsman owns Stump Hill Farms near Massillon. She exhibits bears, lions and tigers to schoolchildren and the elderly through educational programs.

She is one of four owners suing the state over the new law claiming it violates their property and First Amendment rights.

The state defends the law as a common sense measure to address the growing public safety problem of private ownership of exotics animals.

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http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/12/11/Exotic-animal-owners-fight-law-in-court.html

12/11/2012

Exotic animal owners fight new law in federal court

Exotic-animal owners continued their fight this morning to overturn Ohio’s new wild-animal ownership law in federal court.

It’s the second day of the trial concerning the constitutionality of the law.

Four owners sued the Ohio Department of Agriculture, claiming that the law is unconstitutional because it harms their first, fourth, fifth and 14th amendment rights. The trial is in U.S. District Judge George C. Smith’s courtroom in Columbus.

Polly Britton of the Ohio Association of Animal Owners testified that under the new rules, most exotic-pet owners would have to tear down the housing they have for their animals and rebuild it. An owner would have to provide a 5,000-square-foot cage for a hyena, for example, while the Zoological Association of America recommends 600 square feet.

Britton said Ohio agriculture department officials wanted the large cage requirements so that private animal owners would be forced to give up their animals.

Robert Sawmiller, a Wapakoneta resident who owns bears, cougars, wolves and a lynx, testified that the new law will put his traveling wildlife exhibit out of business.

Sawmiller takes his animals to events including county fairs, and to schools and nursing homes. He said it would cost him $162,000 to meet the new cage requirements, an amount he can’t afford.

The new law bans the ownership, breeding, sale and purchase of specified wild animals and restricted snakes as of Jan. 1, 2014. 

Current owners can keep their animals, but must register them, have identification microchips implanted in them, pay permit fees, obtain liability insurance up to $1 million and meet fencing, signage and other requirements.

The law was enacted after Terry Thompson of Zanesville released dozens of wild animals in October 2011 and then killed himself. Most of the animals had to be killed.

The defense is expected to begin its case this afternoon.

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**Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned…There will be more…There always is…  Best  -B

HSUS is under investigation for RICO violations, HSUS is an animal rights terrorist group lobbying against animal owners throughout this country https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/19-reasons-not-to-give-to-19-a-month-to-hsus/

SAY NO THE EXOTIC BANS AND HARSH LAWS FOR THE ANIMALS SAKE

~ by topcatsroar on December 13, 2012.

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