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At Least Two Dozen Dead in Ohio
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ^ | 10-19-2011 | PETA

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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: barbeque; great; hunters; inbeforethezoo; ohio; peta; white
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1 posted on 10/19/2011 5:19:36 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Animals dead in Ohio.

Cue Neil Young.


2 posted on 10/19/2011 5:21:24 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: mdittmar

Keeping those kind of animals in captivity is not natural. It’s wrong.


3 posted on 10/19/2011 5:23:01 PM PDT by Crawdad
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To: GAB-1955

Sad story all around.


4 posted on 10/19/2011 5:23:01 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: mdittmar

Knew this was coming. these people are focused on this while thousands of babies are aborted every year.


5 posted on 10/19/2011 5:23:16 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: mdittmar

Leave it to the Fruits and Nuts at PETA to come up with a title like that.


6 posted on 10/19/2011 5:24:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: mdittmar

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?


7 posted on 10/19/2011 5:24:19 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Crawdad

Not so much wrong as it is hard to do properly and few private citizens have the means to do so.


8 posted on 10/19/2011 5:27:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: GAB-1955; All
Chimpanzees and orangutans were found locked in cages inside the house?
9 posted on 10/19/2011 5:28:18 PM PDT by mdittmar (i)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

“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)/


10 posted on 10/19/2011 5:29:05 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Crawdad

There is very little left that is purely natural in life, if you consider natural to have no directed input.


11 posted on 10/19/2011 5:30:54 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: jazusamo

reserve owner set them free before shooting himself

He had recently been in jail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2050778/Lions-bears-loose-Ohio-Armed-police-wrap-hunt-51-animals.html


12 posted on 10/19/2011 5:30:56 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: GAB-1955
lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves, and bears

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.

13 posted on 10/19/2011 5:32:29 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: mdittmar

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!


14 posted on 10/19/2011 5:35:13 PM PDT by mongo141
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To: momtothree

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.


15 posted on 10/19/2011 5:36:01 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: momtothree

Sounds like he turned them loose to punish the community.


16 posted on 10/19/2011 5:36:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Rome2000

They tried tranquilizer guns.

Good article here:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/19/us/ohio-animals/


17 posted on 10/19/2011 5:38:00 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: mdittmar

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.


18 posted on 10/19/2011 5:38:09 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (As the End Times draws near, remember the Bible WARNED of these times. Be ready!)
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To: momtothree

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.


19 posted on 10/19/2011 5:38:31 PM PDT by ronniesgal ( I miss George Bush. Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!!)
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To: Rome2000
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.

20 posted on 10/19/2011 5:39:20 PM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: george76

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.


21 posted on 10/19/2011 5:40:09 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


22 posted on 10/19/2011 5:41:01 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Crawdad

I agree. Kasich is wrong on this one.

I wonder how this guy survived opening all those cages long enough to kill himself.


23 posted on 10/19/2011 5:42:31 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: mdittmar

No mention in the article about the PETA sub-humans that were exterminating cats and dogs at a “humane society” org they were running.


24 posted on 10/19/2011 5:43:33 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: ronniesgal

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.


25 posted on 10/19/2011 5:43:44 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: mdittmar

26 posted on 10/19/2011 5:44:06 PM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: jazusamo

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.


27 posted on 10/19/2011 5:46:11 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: momtothree

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.


28 posted on 10/19/2011 5:47:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Terry Mross

At the very least there should be some very tough restrictions on owning animals like this.


29 posted on 10/19/2011 5:49:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Rome2000
Didn't these geniuses ever hear of tranquilizer guns?

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.

30 posted on 10/19/2011 5:49:21 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Sad story all around.

Anyone screwed up enough to let dangerous animals loose on the public before committing suicide doesn't deserve sympathy.

32 posted on 10/19/2011 5:51:15 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: mdittmar

“Lions, tigers, and bears. Oh, my!”

signed, Dorothy.


33 posted on 10/19/2011 5:51:46 PM PDT by HankArcher ("When freedom expands to mean freedom of instinct and social destruction, then freedom is dead")
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To: hellbender

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.


34 posted on 10/19/2011 5:53:18 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: mdittmar
“Zanesville, Ohio, sheriff's deputies armed with assault rifles”

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?

35 posted on 10/19/2011 5:54:43 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: mdittmar

Animal Liberation Front let them out? Would they be charged with these deaths?


36 posted on 10/19/2011 5:55:11 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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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):
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22Terry+Thompson%22+suicide&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz2-ytff-amo


37 posted on 10/19/2011 5:56:06 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Crawdad

Cows, horses, dogs, turtles, pet fish, hamsters and hermit crabs probably agree with you. lol.


38 posted on 10/19/2011 5:56:14 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


39 posted on 10/19/2011 5:57:17 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: cripplecreek
Sounds like he turned them loose to punish the community.

Pretty friggin sick, no?

40 posted on 10/19/2011 5:58:41 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: momtothree
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.

Of course. This is like what the Romans did in the arena.

41 posted on 10/19/2011 6:01:10 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Terry Mross
I agree that exotic animals should not be kept by individuals or even supposed rescue havens unless the owners are well qualified and are licensed. This guy sounds like he was not only a felon but a nutcase and don't understand how he could have run an operation like this even with lax laws.

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.

42 posted on 10/19/2011 6:02:30 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: momtothree

He had apparently been involved in long-standing disputes with his neighbors who were afraid his animals would get out.


43 posted on 10/19/2011 6:04:58 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: mdittmar
This is 20 miles from me. I live in the woods with two big dogs, etc., etc.
I feel safe here, but the urban dwellers are only mildly more vigilant---non-plussed comes to mind.

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.

44 posted on 10/19/2011 6:05:17 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Vermont Lt

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.


45 posted on 10/19/2011 6:05:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek
Sounds like he turned them loose to punish the community.

OCCUPY....the community...

46 posted on 10/19/2011 6:06:35 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: MediaMole

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.


47 posted on 10/19/2011 6:07:07 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: mdittmar

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.


48 posted on 10/19/2011 6:07:57 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: GeronL
Chimpanzees and orangutans were found locked in cages inside the house.?

This bothers me,put into google news,Terry Thompson,was found dead

Then,Chimpanzees and orangutans were found locked in cages inside the house.?

49 posted on 10/19/2011 6:13:45 PM PDT by mdittmar (i)
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To: momtothree

Carl Drega


50 posted on 10/19/2011 6:16:10 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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