What a tragedy, made me sick to my stomach when I heard the news. I still feel sick.
Did you listen to that ******* sheriff? If he had his way there wouldn't be any animals left alive.Originally Posted by _elle_
I don't blame the deputies who "shot on sight" or their supervisor who ordered them to do so.
the article I read on msn (or the guardian, I read it via facebook so I'm not sure which one it was) earlier this afternoon said there was a caretaker, and that the caretaker stated that the last time he'd fed them was on monday... as such, I don't see why the owner let the animals loose, when the caretaker could've contacted a bunch of different places to take the animals. apparently they were pretty close to the wilds, and they could've taken at least some of them and found homes for the rest.Originally Posted by Bright Bird
From what I've heard on the news, it sounds as though the owner was the sole care-taker, and so I get the impression that it was more of a 'personal-zoo' than an actual reserve. These kinds of stories are so sad, especially because they can be so easily prevented by simply not keeping these animals. Poor things, being hunted down and killed...the situation was hardly their fault.
death is too good for that sick freak. Any state that allows the ownership of big cats ought to have tranquilizer darts available in case of intentional or accidental releases. I'm sure the police had fun on their massacre.
So what - they already killed everyone. A bit too late.State wildlife officers are on the ground in Muskingum County assisting local law enforcement officers, and have been there since yesterday evening.
Today, there are more than a dozen wildlife officials onsite, as well as five ODNR law enforcement staff. Additionally, the departments Mobile Command Truck has been dispatched to the site as well.
QFT. I mean, damn... I sometimes have enough trouble giving my cats or rabbits medicine, and they haven't been mean animals by any stretch of the imagination. How does one person give proper care to a big cat or bear, or even a giraffe? (I hope at least they captured the giraffe without injuring him/her...)Originally Posted by _elle_
The real problem is that any fruit loop who has cash can purchase and keep any animal in Ohio, in pretty much any manner they choose. I don't like government involved in what I choose to do, but I don't like getting eaten by a lion even more.
The thing is, the people who choose to exercize their right to keep a private zoo are exactly the sort of people who should not be allowed to be near, much less responsible for the care of, animals.