Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Implement a ban on keeping wild and exotic animals.

A few weeks back there was a very sad and disturbing story in the press about the release of 56 wild animals in Zanesville, Ohio resulting in dire consequences.  The animals were released by their owner, Terry Thompson, who took his own life after opening the cage doors.  The animals liberated included lions, tigers, wolves and bears which prompted the sheriff to issue a “shoot to kill” order.

49 of the 56 animals were killed including 17 lions, 18 tigers, 8 bears, 3 mountain lions, 2 wolves and a baboon. 

PETA reports that for years it has asked Ohio officials to ban the private ownership of exotic and wild animals, unfortunately nobody has listened.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has the ability to implement a ban on the sale and possession of exotic and wild animals and could stop a similar incident happening again.

Please click here to be re-directed to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and politely ask them to exercise their authority to implement an emergency ban which prohibits the keeping of wild and exotic animals.  You can either write your own message or copy and past the text below:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I was greatly distressed to hear of the unfortunate death of 49 wild animals being killed after being released by Terry Thompson.  This could have been avoided if Mr Thompson was prohibited from keeping wild and exotic animals.

I am writing to you to ask you to exercise your authority and seriously consider implementing emergency regulations to ban the sale and possession of wild and exotic animals.  Action needs to be taken immediately to stop another horrific incident happening again.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

When asked to select a topic from the drop down menu I chose Wildlife: Fishing and Hunting.

As always, please spread the word!

Thank you.

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  1. One of the problems may be that PETA got involved. Sorry to be blunt, but here in Tennessee bringing in PETA is a death sentence to your cause, and, based on what I'm hearing on the news, Ohio isn't much different from us in its politics.

    If you want to pass a law, thank PETA politely and then tell them to buzz off, and then go find local people who support the cause.

  2. Thanks so much for your comment rumpydog, it is really useful to hear other perspectives on this especially from US citizens. I will bear in mind what you have said and seeking advice from local people is definitely a good idea.




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