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Ohio, Haunted By Slaughter, Restricts Exotic Animals

Offbeat  (tags: wild animals, massacre, ohio legalisation, restrictions )

- 2173 days ago -
Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law on Tuesday new state restrictions on the ownership of exotic animals following the slaughter last year of dozens of wild animals freed by a man before he committed suicide.

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Terry V (30)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 4:49 am
Thanks Simone. Fantastic news : )

Lydia S (155)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 4:58 am
Well the Governor is probably trying to prevent future tragedy's , But what of the five exotics that were
returned to Mr. Thompson's widow ?
Her home & property are in foreclosure , What will happen to the animals returned to her ?
Very sad .
Thanks Simone

Lynn D (0)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 4:01 am
It's about time and ALL states should follow through! Wild animals belong in the wild NOT people's homes!

Christeen A (368)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 4:47 am
It's never to late for change. You did the right thing.

Justin M (2)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 5:37 am

Kathleen G (118)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 6:13 am
The picture of the slaughtered animals still makes me cry. This tragedy did not have to happen.Ohio passed the law way too late.Why oh why were the remaining animals returned to this idiots widow??She can not care for them properly,will she do what her stupid selfish husband did,turn them loose to face certain death?? Thanks Simone for updating us on this tragic story.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 6:29 am
The new law will alieve the possibility of more wild animal tragedies in Ohio. Current owners who have proper licenses & facilities can keep the animals they own. It's not perfect. How many of them will continue to buy more exotics after the current ones have passed away? I don't think there will be a psycho who will turn neglected wild animals out into the community again. Still animals run away.
I always feel sorry for the Zanesville Ohio police who had to shoot the animals. It was not a situation where they had a choice not to kill the animals. The police should not be criticized. People should understand that.

Carmen S (611)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 8:29 am
thanks Simone for sharing this good news

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 9:25 am
awesone news thnx simone

. (0)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 10:28 am
The need to own dangerous,or exotic animals has to have a psychological cause.

Janet R (38)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 1:01 pm
Some great news, thanks for sharing.

John B (185)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 1:36 pm
Thank you Simone for the posting. Read and noted. I live only 58 miles from where the animals were kept.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 1:38 pm
Exotic animals must have their original habitats restored, and all must be returned to their homelands and PROTECTED. Humans need to change diet to organic veg'n so as to return lands and waters stolen from indigenous people and wild life and to honor Mother Earth, save planet. save life.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 2:11 pm
Good news.

GLOWIS s (29)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 2:57 pm
Thanks Simone :)

janet f (29)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 3:11 pm
The law doesn't go far enough. Why aren't these people forced to have money in some sort of escrow account in case they can't care for these animals and they must be sent to a sanctuary? Why is it the responsibility of the sanctuaries and their donors exclusively to pay for the care and feeding of these animals? If they want to own wild animals they should be made to provide for them for the rest of their lives.

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 3:16 pm
The only good thing this Governor has done.

Linda P (0)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 3:59 pm
Thank goodness for this law, may others states learn from the tragedy in Ohio. That should NEVER happen again. What a horrible loss of those beautiful animals.

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 5:26 pm
Bless it be its such a shame it came to late for the Beautiful Animals that were Destroyed because of one Sick Individual.

Kate Kenner (215)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 6:16 pm
I read this and I say good-what took them so long/

michelle t (41)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 7:23 pm
Thanks Simone.good news but it took them way too long

Robert Hardy (68)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 7:23 pm
How may ways can this be sad? Too many.

Romila Lal (9)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 8:47 pm
Whenever I see the picture of those animals killed by the cop I feel very very sad, nowhere in the world is allowed to keep exhotic animal as pets.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 8:50 pm
the picture is very sad. Poor animals and trigger happy police. Were they all mowed down in one area, or were the bodies collected? Absolutely horrible.Do people who have exotic animals ever think past their own who will inherit the animal, or do they think like the kings of old, have the entire household-pets, slaves, etc murdered on their death? How selfish to keep an animal and NOT make provisions for it after the death of the owner. This goes for parakeets, fish, etc...think for the future of your pet!!

Terri Hughes (416)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 9:26 pm
It's about time, but TOO late for all these poor animals that where killed because of a piece of S**T man that let them all loose and then killed himself. And they had to pay the price. And this did not have to happen. When will people ever learn that you can't keep a wild animal? Because, sooner or later something like this happens and this is NOT fair to the animal. Wild animals need to be in there own habitat, NOT locked in cages and fenced in. They need a place to roam and do what they are suppose to do, be a wild animal, NOT somebody's pet. Laws are not passed to prevent something like this from happening, until it is too late!!!!!

Ludger W (71)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 3:52 am
noted, ty

Florence Eaise (132)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 1:03 pm

Florence Eaise (132)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 1:03 pm

Ruth C (87)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 4:53 pm
Finally they did something!!

Vera T (2)
Monday June 11, 2012, 3:19 am
Laws too late and still too weak and why on earth did those animals get returned to the previous owners who couldn't look after them properly anyway - please this is not the dark ages no-one should be allowed to keep any wild exotic animals at all.

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 12:30 pm
The entire nation needs to ban exotic's. Usually the people who have them have very little self-esteem and think the animals will give them the attention they desire. These people don't have any concern for the animals but only for themselves.

Janis B (7)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 8:17 am
This law is a paltry offering for this carnage, but the people of Ohio are such hypocrites when they have numerous indescribably cruel slaugterhouses and factory farms. All animals laws should be advanced at least until the 20 century not medieval barbarism which is in place throughout North America.

Gayle O. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 4:15 pm
Sounds like 'Big Brother' at work to me! Sure, perhaps rules and regulations governing exotic animal ownership of animals that absolutely do not belong in the private sector; animal species with a reputation for being dangerous or lethal. To group all exotic animals into one category is the lazy manís out and too imposing on people, in general. Where is the line going to be drawn between our rights as citizens in the United States and the Government dictating our every whim with consequences? Not fair; and, I donít like it at all; and, neither should you. If people do not unite and take a stand to protect themselves against Government enactments, we, the people of the United States will eventually become victims of a dictatorship, our Government. The Government cannot even control themselves; so, why allow them to get into our business? I feel the same way about State Governments. We are allowing the Governments to herd us around like sheep, and doing nothing to stop their interference in our rights as citizens in what is suppose to be a free Country. Agreed and accepted, regulations of animals that plainly do not belong in a private home should be scrutinized; but again, to lump all exotic species under one big umbrella is just plain stupid! All the Government is doing is making itsí citizens go underground to get away from itsí control, because if someone wants an illegal pet, theyíre going to do whatever it takes to have what they want. There has to be a compromise between the entities of you and me. Use your brains people! Fight for your rights.
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