Had an Ohio concentration camp comandante not, in his final moments, ensured the extermination of numerous animals, his apparent suicide would have come as welcome news.
While the world is a better place without the late Terry Thompson, who liberated dozens of imprisoned animals — all but guaranteeing their deaths at the hands of local authorities — Ohio has been hell on earth for “nondomestic animals” thanks to the state’s permissiveness.
“The animals that were set loose included grizzly and black bears, wolves, and several species of large cats, including lions, tigers and cheetahs, among other creatures,” according to The Columbus Dispatch.
A separate report in The Columbus Dispatch tells us: “An executive order that Gov. John Kasich allowed to lapse after taking office would have prevented Terry Thompson from owning exotic animals. The order, issued by Gov. Ted Strickland but allowed to expire by Kasich earlier this year, prohibited anyone who had been ‘convicted of an offense involving the abuse or neglect of any animal pursuant to any state, local, or federal law’ from owning exotic animals.”
As that report points out, Thompson was convicted of animal cruelty in 2005. Still, the report tells us: “Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said a new order isn’t likely but added, ‘We are evaluating everything.’ Nichols defended Kasich’s decision earlier this year to allow the expiration of an exotic animals ban signed by former Gov. Ted Strickland. He described it as ‘an unenforceable, no-teeth order.’”
Gov. Kasich and the dim-witted lawmakers who enabled Thompson to subject dozens of “nondomestic animals” to torturous confinement and brutal deaths now have those creatures’ blood on their hands.