Last November, a tragic event in Muskingum County made major news in Ohio and across the country. Before committing suicide, a Zanesville man freed dozens of exotic animals from his own private compound. The released animals represented a spectrum of dangerous species, including tigers, lions and bears, among others. This emergency ended in the deaths of 50 animals, a sad, but unavoidable conclusion to the event in order to preserve public safety.
In the future, Ohio no longer will have lax regulations on wild animal ownership. Last November was an unfortunate wake up call to a weak point in our state law, but Senate Bill 310 has shored up this legislative shortcoming.