A federal appeals court in Ohio denied a case brought by exotic pet owners in the state, who had argued that owning wild, dangerous animals should be legal. Despite countless animal advocacy organizations who say that owning exotic pets is not advisable, a group of seven animal owners had sued the state over the regulations last year, arguing that the law violates their free speech and free association rights.
According to AP, an attorney for the group wrote in a court brief in August that the owners "believe that private exotic animal ownership, free from government intrusion, should be lawful."
Under new regulations imposed in January, exotic animals in Ohio must pass background checks, pay fees, get liability insurance and show they can properly contain and care for the animal. If they can't do these things, they cannot own wild animals (the law does not cover sanctuaries, research institutions and facilities accredited by some national zoo groups).
Now, animal advocates are applauding the court's decision.