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UPDATED: Tuesday July 2, 2013 5:26 PM

When Congress resumes after the July 4 recess, lawmakers may consider strict new rules related to the ownership of exotic animals.
 
The crackdown has already happened in Ohio with a law that restricts exotic animal ownership and breeders.

Animal activists rallied at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday. They support the national bill which would essentially stop the breeding and selling of wild exotic animals.

Following the horrific incident in Zanesville, where 50 wild exotic animals had to be put down after they were let free from the cages of Terry Thompson, Ohio has been the center stage for animal regulation.

That's why this campaign was kicked off in Columbus.

Veterinarians, emergency room doctors, and emergency responders were among the speakers at the statehouse.

"This breeding that's done for nothing but profit - it needs to stop. You know, many of us in our nation have been pushing for this legislation, and it is way overdue.  We've been calling for tighter regulation on private ownership of big cats, and we need to put an end to this captive breeding that's taking place," said Bobbi Brink of Lions, Tigers, and Bears.

There are thousands of exotic animal owners, who say they love those animals and would never give them up.

But those at the statehouse on Tuesday said a national bill would be important for the animal's and the public's safety.

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