Skip to comments.At Least Two Dozen Dead in Ohio
Posted on 10/19/2011 5:19:33 PM PDT by mdittmar
Zanesville, Ohio, sheriff's deputies armed with assault rifles opened fire on dozens of "mature, very big, aggressive" lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves, and bears who had escaped from a private menagerie in Ohio after the farm's owner, Terry Thompson, was found dead and the animals' cage doors were left open and fences unsecured. Chimpanzees and orangutans were found locked in cages inside the house. At least 30 animals have been killed, and several more remain at large.
Thompson had a long history of brushes with the law and had just completed a one-year sentence on two federal counts of possessing illegal firearms. In November 2005, Thompson was convicted of, among other things, cruelty to animals and was subsequently sentenced to six months of house arrest and fined $2,870. PETA had filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding Thompson's illegal activities, including exhibiting animals without a license and declawing tiger cubs in violation of the Animal Welfare Act.
Ohio has no regulations governing the ownership of exotic and dangerous animals. Exotic animals all over the state languish without adequate food, water, and veterinary care. They eat rotten scraps, drink algae-laden water, and spend their days pacing on feces- and urine-encrusted dirt. Just last April, Ohio Gov. John Kasich refused to extend an emergency ban on exotic animals in the state, which was put in place by his predecessor. PETA has campaigned for an outright ban for many years.
Please join PETA in asking the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to exercise its authority to declare emergency regulations to prohibit the keeping of exotic animals and also seize the animals over whom the agency has jurisdiction and see that they are placed in reputable sanctuaries.
Animals dead in Ohio.
Cue Neil Young.
Keeping those kind of animals in captivity is not natural. It’s wrong.
Sad story all around.
Knew this was coming. these people are focused on this while thousands of babies are aborted every year.
Leave it to the Fruits and Nuts at PETA to come up with a title like that.
He didn’t supply enough for them to eat, if you get my drift.
I wonder if he opened all of the cages as a form of suicide-my-menagerie, or if some trespassing eco-vandal did?
Not so much wrong as it is hard to do properly and few private citizens have the means to do so.
“I wonder if he opened all the cages as a form of suicide my menagerie”.
I was wondering if he didn’t open the cages as a “to heck with you” to the citizens around him. I mean if he really cared about his animals, wouldn’t he call 911, tell them he was about to commit suicide, and then kill himself. It would have been a whole lot easier for the officials to rescue these animals if they were contained. They could have contacted rescue groups etc.. instead of killing them (which I feel was necessary for public safety)/
There is very little left that is purely natural in life, if you consider natural to have no directed input.
reserve owner set them free before shooting himself
He had recently been in jail
Didn't these geniuses ever hear of tranquilizer guns?.
If a private citizen killed a bunch of these critters he would probably be in jail.
F PETA in spades! There has never been a more self serving bunch of a$$holes than the afore mentioned other than the Democratic party and all who support it!
Sounds like he was trying to make a statement. He was jailed for not having the proper federal permits to possess automatic weapons. He apparently needed the weapons to put down any animals that escaped. So after serving time in jail for not renewing the permit, he said, screw you to the authorities. That is my guess. Kinda like that guy who flew his plane into the IRS building. Shame about the animals, but high end predators are just killing machines in the wild.
Sounds like he turned them loose to punish the community.
They tried tranquilizer guns.
Good article here:
If the cage doors were left open by the guy to let them go, then they did not excape. They were allowed to go freely.
yes! I agree with you.
He is/was just a dirtbag...if he cared about the animals at all he could have called 911 and told them the situation.
Instead he left them to wreak havoc on the community.
If a private citizen killed a bunch of these critters he would probably be in jail.
But first it would be the mother of all BBQs.
Yep, the turkey was just released from a years sentence, his wife left him and it’s a pretty sure thing he let the animals out and then shot himself, a dirtbag to the end.
I actually wondered that myself... he hoped that they would kill innocent people and that was his final “ha ha” on the world. They closed the schools (thank goodness)... wouldn’t want to imagine one of these wild animals on the playground at an elementary school at recess.
I agree. Kasich is wrong on this one.
I wonder how this guy survived opening all those cages long enough to kill himself.
No mention in the article about the PETA sub-humans that were exterminating cats and dogs at a “humane society” org they were running.
I truly think that if he had contacted the police, told them he was going to kill himself but left the animals contained... it would have been a whole lot better. Law enforcement would then have the time to contact whatever group could transport and take care of them. Even if that would have taken some time, volunteers could have brought raw meat etc... to throw over the fence.
I also wonder why the animals didn’t eat him. Would have been a fitting end.
I still say PETA is right on this. And I hate those bastards. But these kind of animals should not be kept as pets.
The bears don’t worry me nearly as much as the tigers and lions. Big cats see children as mice.
I hate to see the animals killed but blame goes to the owner this time.
At the very least there should be some very tough restrictions on owning animals like this.
Yeah, but some cops love killing animals, and these wild ones are more exciting targets than the Labrador retrievers they shoot when they stage a drug raid on the wrong house.
Anyone screwed up enough to let dangerous animals loose on the public before committing suicide doesn't deserve sympathy.
“Lions, tigers, and bears. Oh, my!”
I think it has more to do with the types of animals involved. Are the cops supposed to carry five or six different types of tranquillizers and try to figure out what they are dealing with.
Easier to just shoot them.
Is anybody else concerned about that? When I hear “assault rifle” I hear .223/5.56. Yeah, I'm sure if you put enough in to a big grizzly or wild cat it will kill them but a) it can make them more mad then dead in the short run, putting the lives of the police in danger. b) unfair for the animals. A .308 can work and get proper penetration, but nobody has a few 300 win mags, 45-70s, or big bore handguns?
Animal Liberation Front let them out? Would they be charged with these deaths?
Re: “Anyone screwed up enough to let dangerous animals loose on the public before committing suicide doesn’t deserve sympathy.”
“Terry Thompson” “suicide” (Yahoo search results):
Cows, horses, dogs, turtles, pet fish, hamsters and hermit crabs probably agree with you. lol.
I think out of all the animals this guy released, the big cats worried me the most. For one thing, they are fast and they can blend in so easily with the environment. I hate seeing them killed as well... but I figure if law enforcement had waited.. and even one person died, the city would have been outraged.
Pretty friggin sick, no?
Of course. This is like what the Romans did in the arena.
I read where their were 8 or 10 Bengal tigers and they're not kitty cats. There were mountain lions and it sounded like African lions and leopards. Definitely not what you'd want your neighbor to have in his back yard even if you lived a half mile away.
I saw a piece earlier that he not only had unlocked the cages but previously had cut the perimeter fencing so they'd be sure to get out of the compound. Sounds like the guy wanted to cause as much grief as he could.
I can't say I agree with PETA on most anything but I'll concede they're right that these animals should not have been kept in captivity in these conditions. As far as their spiel about Kasich I'd have to know more before I'd side with them.
He had apparently been involved in long-standing disputes with his neighbors who were afraid his animals would get out.
Most have lived here since kids on farms with real livestock.
The media is making it out like "Animal Kingdom" gone really wild.
Actually, it was all cleaned up from dawn to dusk by the Sheriff and locals. Jack Hannah(is a local) gave able assistance and a well-trained crew from the Columbus Zoo crew to help.
Yeah, Police said they don’t carry tranquilizer darts and even when someone showed up with them they couldn’t be sure they were going to put them down.
If Jack Hanna says they needed killin, I tend to agree because I know he loves the critters.
If I had been his neighbor, I would have worried as well. I can’t imagine living that close to someone with wild animals. I guess the neighbor were right.
Where is PETA when you need them...referencing the Santa Rosa Island slaughter scheduled for extermination of wildlife by December 31, 2011. Even if a bill was presented by Congress to halt this, heard directly that Obama’s administration will not stop it. NRA is the only association trying to prevent this from happening. Too many nuts (of the humane kind) running loose on this planet who need to be exterminated/just my humble opinion.
This bothers me,put into google news,Terry Thompson,was found dead
Then,Chimpanzees and orangutans were found locked in cages inside the house.?