Written by PETA
Less than two weeks after four dozen wild and exotic animals
were shot to death in Zanesville,
there's still somebody out there who didn't get the message that privately
owning exotic animals is a recipe for disaster—and that somebody is Marian
Thompson, the wife of
the man who owned (and released) all the animals in the first place. Ms.
Thompson is demanding that four of the six survivors—a grizzly bear and three
leopards—in temporary quarantine at the Columbus Zoo, be returned to her
PETA has sent urgent letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (FWS) and the Muskingum County prosecutor imploring them not to return
the animals until investigations into whether the animals were harmed or
harassed in violation of the Endangered Species Act and/or Ohio's anti-cruelty
laws are conducted. It appears that the animals may have been obtained without
proper permits in the first place and that they were kept in filthy conditions
with insufficient food, water, and/or shade—all violations of the law. On top
of it, public records indicate that there are nearly $70,000 in liens hanging
over Ms. Thompson's head, leaving her ill-equipped to properly take care of the
While we continue to fight to keep the survivors safe, you
can help by e-mailing the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
to politely urge the agency to exercise its authority to implement emergency
regulations to prohibit the keeping of exotic and wild animals.
Written by Amanda Schinke
This woman and her husband should NEVER have had these animals do not give them back
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