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A couple years back, 2 wolves escaped from the local zoo. The cops killed them. I am pretty sure the county had enough tranquilizers to bring down 2 wolves.<br><br>
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This sort of crap really makes me angry. I'm not usually a cop hater, but those guys sound like trigger happy morons.
 

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Absolutely sickening. And yes I can just imagine those cops had a field day gunning down those animals.
 

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Even though the situation is extremely sad, I don't feel that it's really fair to assume that all of the officers involved got a kick out of shooting down these animals. Some of them may have been very disturbed by it but were just following orders. This story is sad enough as is without adding more hate.
 

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This is absolutely sad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I hope that one good thing will come out of it, that it will be forbidden to keep wild animals like he did. even though if this rule comes out it won't be to save animals but their precious children
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>John Olexa</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3018020"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mr. Olexa,</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Thank you for writing and expressing your concerns. The Governor asked that I respond on his behalf. The Governors office is working diligently on this issue.</span></div>
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This is the governor that let the law restricting those convicted of animal cruelty from ownership of exotic animals expire without extending it.<br>
As far as the idea that the deputies enjoyed the "hunt," I couldn't say for sure, but I bet they were more scared than excited. Again, since I don't know any police officers in Zanesville, I don't know for sure, but they probably have families there and were very much in "serve and protect" mode.<br>
I'm curious to see what law actually gets enacted when this blows over. I'm sure it will be carefully worded so that farmers won't lose their "right" to keep livestock (bison, emu, etc. are raised for meat in Ohio.)<br>
FWIW, I live about an hour & a half's drive from Zanesville, so this hits pretty close to home for me.
 

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This is the governor that let the law restricting those convicted of animal cruelty from ownership of exotic animals expire without extending it.<br>
I'm curious to see what law actually gets enacted when this blows over. I'm sure it will be carefully worded so that farmers won't lose their "right" to keep livestock (bison, emu, etc. are raised for meat in Ohio.)<br>
FWIW, I live about an hour & a half's drive from Zanesville, so this hits pretty close to home for me.</div>
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I know, I guess he never expected something like this to happen.Now that it has and caused such outrage he has to do something.. I'm glad you live close enough to keep up on whats going on!<br><br>
One thing really stands out though. You would think knowing...... knowing! that there are wild animals being kept in there town (city?) they <span style="text-decoration:underline;">WOULD</span> have been better prepaired to handle something like this.
 

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I, too, must join those who condemn the tragic shooting of the poor animals that escaped from the zoo in Zanesville, Ohio, and this is another classic example why any exotic or wild animal should not be kept in captivity either as a pet or exhibited for display. This shooting also underscores the trigger happy stance of too many police officers in this country today, but unfortunately this time it was toward poor, helpless animals. Tranquilizers should have been used and if not effective, shoot to disable rather than kill. I don't buy their story they either had none nor time to secure any. It was not the animals' fault since they were forced to live in cages but only wanted their freedom when the doors were opened. And because they were forced to live this way by one selfish and irresponsible individual they had to sacrifice their lives for his vanity.<br><br>
I bet these officers enjoyed every moment of it, acting as if they were on a big time hunting safari somewhere in Africa, how sadistic and perverted!<br><br>
To make the situation worse those 18 Bengali tigers killed were on the Endangered Species Act, plus some others. There are fewer than 100 Bengali's in existence today and subtract those 18 it leaves only 82, a loss of nearly one fifth of their total population. Even a Zebra was shot and Zebras are no worse than a horse on the loose which usually can be rounded up without trouble.<br><br>
Now to top everything off the sheriff knew of these deplorable conditions and did nothing about them. Charges should be filed against this cold hearted individual for failure to take action that could have prevented this tragedy from happening in the first place. He is as much to blame as the owner.<br><br>
This sheriff is nothing more than an illegal, the lowest of the low. No way is he a sheriff of any type or form. He was nothing more than an illegal poacher, the lowest of the low. He is nothing more than a trophy hunter in the most disgusting form of humanity.<br><br>
If such sad instances are to be avoided in the future it is imperative that tough laws be passed throughout the entire nation forbidding any one from keeping or raising a wild or exotic animal except those operating animal sanctuaries or refuges dedicated toward providing homes for these animals when rescued from such irresponsible owners.<br><br>
Fortunately there is legislation now before Congress that can correct this situation. S. 324, Captive Primate Safety Act, is now being considered in the U. S. Senate and I urge all who oppose keeping exotic and wild animals in captivity to contact their two U. S. senators.<br><br>
People that get these animals might think they are nice to keep as pets or exhibits but if they say they love the animals they keep they need to know what their term of love means. If you love someone or even an animal, you don't force it to be confined to a home or pen against its will. Just put your self in the animal's position. Would you want to spend your life living in a cage or pen? Of course not!<br><br>
It is poor selfishness and vanity on the part of those who wish to keep these animals. Don't be tempted to buy or get them even when they appear cuddly and cute as babies. Remember they will not remain that way but become adult, large, moody, angry and even dangerous.<br><br>
If you deplore what happened in Zanesville, please, please, please push for tough laws even in your locality, county or state to outlaw the keeping or raising exotic animals. Even though there is legislation now before the Congress to deal with the problem every law in whatever locality you can get approved helps, particularly if the national legislation fails to get passed. These animals belong in the wild to live the life they were intended to live as they desire. You are not doing them a favor by yanking them out of their natural environment and forcing them to live lives contrary to their will. If you truly love them you will respect their wishes as to where they would like to be.
 

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This is the governor that let the law restricting those convicted of animal cruelty from ownership of exotic animals expire without extending it.<br>
As far as the idea that the deputies enjoyed the "hunt," I couldn't say for sure, but I bet they were more scared than excited. Again, since I don't know any police officers in Zanesville, I don't know for sure, but they probably have families there and were very much in "serve and protect" mode.<br>
I'm curious to see what law actually gets enacted when this blows over. I'm sure it will be carefully worded so that farmers won't lose their "right" to keep livestock (bison, emu, etc. are raised for meat in Ohio.)<br>
FWIW, I live about an hour & a half's drive from Zanesville, so this hits pretty close to home for me.</div>
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Thank you for being reasonable. I live in NE Ohio, and almost everything our previous governor had worked to enact Kacisk has destroyed. Especially the law concerning exotic animals that Kacisk REFUSED to renew just last April. All having to do with HUMAN freedoms.<br>
This sicko -and his wife- had multiple investigations of animal cruelity and abuse, yet was allowed to keep these animals.<br><br>
As sickened by the outcome as I am, none of us should use our well thought hindsight to demean the officers involved. It was dark, the terrian was treacherous, the cages had been damaged. They were faced with split second decisions, and did not the proper tranquilizers needed, nor manpower. Its so easy to criticize when you have the time to plot different stratagies. Time was a factor.<br>
I also wish the animals had been saved, but the focus needs to be on reforming laws regarding animals, and prosecuting offenders as much as if their victims were human. I would hope they go after the wife as she was involved with these animals as well.
 

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As sickened by the outcome as I am, none of us should use our well thought hindsight to demean the officers involved.</div>
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O.k. - I guess I need to know which ones are hunters on their own time. Because for the ones that are hunters - this is just big game and a fun pastime that they usually have to do on their off time.<br><br>
Add in there officers who enjoy power tripping (I've met a number of them), because killing is the ultimate power trip.
 

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As sickened by the outcome as I am, none of us should use our well thought hindsight to demean the officers involved. It was dark, the terrian was treacherous, the cages had been damaged. They were faced with split second decisions, and did not the proper tranquilizers needed, nor manpower.</div>
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Thats my point! they knew those animals were there and the possiblilty of escape.( however it might happen) They should have HAD <span style="text-decoration:underline;">plans already in place</span> for just this type situation! It's just common sense! I still blame them for not being prepaired for this type emergency. Any animal hit with a dart go's a little crazy for a few minutes ! EVERYBODY knows that, well except for those cops and they panicked!!!!!
 

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It just never should have been allowed to happen. No one should be allowed to "own" wildlife.<br>
I just want the anger to stay focused on the cause of this, without having people become overly defensive and forget the focus of the animals being the victims here.<br><br>
I truly wish you people could have been faced with this sudden disaster. It was foreseeable, and that's why those animals should have been released to the wild or sanctuaries, not planned for their escape.
 

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and that's why those animals should have been released to the wild or sanctuaries, not planned for their escape.</div>
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But that the deal! They were /are not going to sanctuaries! It is still legal to have these animals and will continue to be so. The <span style="font-family:Arial;">Governor already said there will be no ban..... So</span> thats why they need a plan.<br><br>
Edit:They can call it "the animal disaster prevention plan".
 

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And on some days authorities like a canned hunt :<br><br><a href="http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/10/10/2436804/killing-of-9-penned-deer-in-nc.html" target="_blank">http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/10/10...eer-in-nc.html</a>
 

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I've protested canned hunts. A bunch of yahoos with guns acting tough and making threatening gestures to a group of vegans with signs. It was explicitly clear which side, philosophically, the "authorities" were on.
 

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Keeping the light on tonight in their memory. Poor things didn't stand a chance.
 

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this is weird. shootingthose animals could never be a solution. i guess humans have evolved not for better but for worse. gunnning down innocent creatures was never humane.
 

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I've protested canned hunts. A bunch of yahoos with guns acting tough and making threatening gestures to a group of vegans with signs. It was explicitly clear which side, philosophically, the "authorities" were on.</div>
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Yep. Been there, done that a few times. Only once can I remember a cop taking our side. Actually he didn't really take our side. He was just not happy the hunters called him away from real duties when we were not breaking any laws.
 

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I hate cops ! always have, always will!!!!!!</div>
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They are necessary for modern society though. Anyways, the more reading I do the less surprise I feel when something like this happens. Just adds to the very long list of animals that have suffered from humans.
 

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And on some days authorities like a canned hunt :<br><br><a href="http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/10/10/2436804/killing-of-9-penned-deer-in-nc.html" target="_blank">http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/10/10...eer-in-nc.html</a></div>
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The people who kept the deer penned up were in the wrong too.
 
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