On March 4, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its opinion on on Wilkins et al. v. Ohio Department of Agriculture affirming the lower court decision and denying the relief sought by the plaintiffs. (See 13-3112.) We will provide legal analysis on the decision shortly.
It is unknown whether the plaintiffs will seek further review.
This unfortunate decision is the culmination of a two year battle in the state of Ohio on its broad reaching and onerous exotic animal ban. Herp Alliance has written extensively on the topic (see links at the end of this article).
In the mean time, Herp Alliance wishes to commend and to thank those responsible for fighting this fight, including Terry Wilkins of Captive Born Reptiles who was instrumental and at the battlefront at all stages in Ohio. He testified in the congressional hearings and he was the first named plaintiff on the complaint. Thanks also to Polly Britton of the Ohio Association of Animal Owners (OAAO), all of the named plaintiffs, and each and every person who donated funds to help with this litigation.
Stand ready. If after consulting with their attorneys, the plaintiffs decide to appeal further, they will need your donations.
Further reading on SB 310 and the situation in Ohio:
- SB 310: Kasich’s Big, Expensive Blunder Poised to Kill Small Business in Ohio;
- Differences in Institutional Goals;
- Wilkins et al. v. David Daniels and the Ohio Department of Agriculture;
- Ohio Dangerous Wild Animals and Restricted Snakes in the Harsh Light of Reality;
- Ohio SB 310: Just Say No!
- Lions and Tigers and — Snakes! The Massive Knee Jerk in Ohio;