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Posted October 20, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

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. Chimpanzees and orangutans were found locked in cages inside the house. At least 30 animals have been 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 to animals 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.

Take action! 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.

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  • 1316 days ago

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    To Whom It May Concern,

    I  have just learned, from PETA, there are no laws in Ohio that prohibit ownership of wild and exotic animals. Consequently, this is greatly contributing to animal cruelty and is cause for alarm on a humanitarian and ecology stand point. Please consider changing this law moreover for the sake of welfare and existence of wild and exotic animals! This breaks my heart and I am so surprised the State of Ohio does not see the value in protecting wild and exotic animals from cruelty and extinction alike.

    Sincerely, 

    Amanda Greiten

  • 1350 days ago

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    Very sad that this has happened…why not tranquilize them? I know that’s really not any better, but at least they’d still be alive. =/

  • Ash

    1351 days ago

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    That’s sick. I can’t believe that they went and killed them. These animals aren’t even ment to be in captivity. It’s not their fault, they didn’t do anything wrong.

  • 1351 days ago

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    I’m ashamed to live in Ohio after this happened. I live very close to Zanesville and there was no doubt that I was worried about the animals coming by my house. But these animals could have been saved, and not killed.

    And just today, in Cleveland, Ohio, a pack of dogs were killed by police. Once again, something they could have prevented this with tranquilizers/sedation.

  • 1351 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats so horrible! its not that kitties’ faults!

  • 1355 days ago

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    This man had let out the animals and killed himself. I feel bad for the animals and the man. Things like this should not happen. The poor little animal shouldnt have been killed.

  • 1355 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please sign my petition almost 200 worldwide signatures so far.
    We must raise awareness.
    We must get them justice.
    We are their voice.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/152/petition-against-the-mass-murder-of-the-zoo-animals-in-ohio-the-public-officials-should-be-held/

  • 1355 days ago

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    Why must they kill them! It’s called sedating! When animals see a human wandering the woods, they don’t go right off and kill them! I bet the animals don’t/didn’t have intention of killing to begin with. The poor dears, they’re probably so scared…And the ones who have died…oh my…the poor things. How can you forget to close the gates and fences? It’s like leaving your house with the doors open and then getting out of the car and not bothering to close the door! And geez, they act like the animals are such savages, when we do so many worse things than these animals do- if they’re even thinking of attacking in the first place…and c’mon it’s a stressful situation! “I reccommend closing down local schools tomorrow…with a few still on the loose…” Yeah, I recommend giving the animals some respect! They don’t wanna die, either!!

    • 1355 days ago

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      Most animals don’t attack people, true. But these animals were probably starving. They were used to being trapped in cages their whole lives so the wild was new to them. I’m not defending killing them but for some it was the last thing they could do… I don’t think they had too much of a choice.. Instead of complaining about the killing of these animals we should try to stop anything close to this ever happening again. We need to get the country to ban the private owning of exotic animals. Honestly I thought something like that already existed. Who in there right minds would allow an Ex-con, animal abuser have dozens of endangered and wild species?

  • 1355 days ago

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    i heard about that, it was so sad!

  • 1355 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What an absolutely heartbreaking tragedy. This is the wake up call to the authorities to have a TOTAL BAN on keeping wild animals in private —ownership— ???? Close them all down, make it unlawful to posess a wild animal. With the death of those 18 Bengal Tigers 1.5 % of the population was wiped out,there are so few left in the world.Apalling !!!!!!!!!

  • 1355 days ago

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    It was more like 48 dead. There’s still 2 on the loose though..hate to see this happen and I live near there..

  • 1355 days ago

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    They think it’s a good that that they’ve killed so many of them. :/

  • 1355 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I couldn’t believe This! I had seen it on the news and messaged PETA with my concerns and I’m glad they are reaching out to take action

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