Lions & Tigers & Bears & Deregulation – O MY!

A couple weeks ago a Terry Thompson let his 62 exotic animals out of their cages and then killed himself. This of course set off chaos in Zanesville, OH.

Sheriffs in Zanesville, Ohio, a mostly rural area about 55 miles east of Columbus, have been working with zoo officials and wildlife expert Jack Hanna and agreed on a shoot-to-kill order, considering the immediate danger presented to the community.

“If you had 18 Bengal tigers running around this area, you folks wouldn’t want to see what would happen,” Hanna said at a press conference.

The deceased animals include a wolf, six black bears, two grizzly bears, nine male lions, eight lionesses, a baboon, three mountain lions and 18 tigers, authorities said. They were buried at the location they were killed.

Authorities were able to transport six animals to the Columbus Zoo, a grizzly bear, three leopards and two monkeys.

Thompson, obviously insane, had not only recently gotten out of prison, but also \"baited\" himself before he shot himself.

While it is tragic that the local “public union” employees were forced to kill these animals and protect the public, this was an avoidable tragedy. The problem is The previous Democratic Governor Strickland put in rules to stop this, but new republican governor Kasich, decided dregulation was the way to go and let them expire.

(Oct. 19, 2011) — As local authorities respond to the escape or release of dozens of lions, bears, and wolves from a private menagerie in Muskingum County, The Humane Society of the United States is calling on Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to immediately issue emergency regulations restricting the sale and possession of dangerous wild animals. The Kasich Administration allowed emergency rules put in place by former Gov. Ted Strickland to expire in April. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has convened a working group to develop standards, which it will apparently recommend to the Legislature for action, at some undetermined time frame.

Here we see Republican policy and ideology in action:

And here is Ed’s take on this subject.

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2 thoughts on “Lions & Tigers & Bears & Deregulation – O MY!

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this. The blame for the death of these animals lies with weak regulations in the state of Ohio and the Governor’s decision to allow limitations to expire. At the Humane Society of the United States, we agree with Gov Kasich that the legislature should enact a statute that addresses the problem, but in the interim, we need an executive order that bans the sale and acquisition of dangerous wild animals as pets or roadside attractions.

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