Written by Jeff Mackey
In light of new information about the abusive conditions endured
by a threatened grizzly bear and endangered leopards on the farm of Terry
dozens of wild animals (most of whom were shot by law enforcement) outside Zanesville, Ohio, last October, before killing himself—PETA has sent another urgent letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) renewing its requests for an
investigation into whether the animals were harmed or harassed in violation of
the Endangered Species Act and asking that the surviving animals not be
returned to Thompson's widow, Marian.
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Tom Stalf of the Columbus Zoo, where the animals are
currently being housed, described the condition of the animals as "horrific."
Stalf stated that the grizzly bear was relegated to a bird cage set in a
drained pool and was aggressively chewing on the cage when authorities found
the animal. The Columbus Zoo also reported that when one of the leopards was
injured at the zoo, X-rays showed old injuries, including a broken back and
tail bones, that had not healed. The animal was subsequently euthanized.
The grizzly bear, two leopards, and two macaques are the
only remaining survivors of last year's tragedy. They are quarantined at the
zoo by order of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Ms. Thompson is awaiting a
hearing to challenge the order and seeks to regain possession of the animals.
While PETA works to keep the survivors safe, you can help by
calling the FWS Office of Law Enforcement at 703-358-1949 to politely urge the
agency to investigate whether the Endangered Species Act was violated and to ensure
that the animals are not returned to Marian Thompson.
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
last week's killing of dozens of wild animals in Zanesville, Ohio, PETA
supporters gathered in front of the Ohio statehouse today calling on Gov. John Kasich
to ban ownership of wild animals as "pets" immediately, before other
tragedies occur. Earlier this year, the governor refused to extend an emergency ban on keeping
captive exotic animals that had been put in place by his predecessor.
a letter to Gov. Kasich,
PETA noted that there are at least 10 wild-animal facilities in Ohio that are accidents
waiting to happen. One facility in Massillon that holds more than 100 animals—including
tigers, lions, pumas, jaguars, bears, and wolves—was found this year to be
keeping tigers in an enclosure that had no top and was not tall enough to keep
the animals contained. Another facility, in Perrysburg, was found to be keeping
adult lions and wolves in enclosures that would not prevent them from jumping
dangerously lax laws about wild-animal ownership have already resulted in human
deaths, including a man who was mauled by a bear
kept by notorious wild-animal exhibitor Sam Mazzola.
To help prevent additional tragedies involving captive wild animals, click here to urge the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources to exercise its authority to implement emergency regulations prohibiting
private citizens from keeping wild animals.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
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