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Exotic animal owners in Ohio appeal court decision

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COLUMBUS, Ohio(AP) - Exotic animal owners in Ohioare asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision that upheld thestate's restrictions on exotic animals.

The owners sued the state over the regulations, arguing that the lawviolates their free speech and free association rights.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnaticourt ruled against the owners earlier this month.

Ohio says the rules addressanimal welfare, public health and public safety concerns associated withprivate ownership of dangerous wild animals.

The new law requires owners to get a new state-issued permit by Jan. 1 ofthis year. They also must pass background checks, pay fees, obtain liabilityinsurance or surety bonds and show they can properly contain and care for theanimal.

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