A few weeks back there was a very sad and disturbing story in the press about the release of 56 wild animals in
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. Zanesville, Ohio
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
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. Ohio
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:
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.
When asked to select a topic from the drop down menu I chose Wildlife: Fishing and Hunting.
As always, please spread the word!