Written by PETA
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. Primates were found locked in cages inside the
house. 48 animals were killed.
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
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.
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.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
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