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Exotic Animals in Ohio Released, Shot Dead

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.

4 Comments

  1. howard wrote:

    How about no exotic animals and exotic people in Ohio!(like these unbelievable politicians). No exotics=no problems.

    Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink
  2. David Brensilver wrote:

    Howard,

    A more appropriate adjective to describe the subject politicians in Ohio would be cretinous.

    David

    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink
  3. Abby wrote:

    How about no exotics anywhere ever, unless it’s government/HSUS/IFAW sanctioned rescue?

    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink
  4. David Brensilver wrote:

    Abby,

    I’ll agree with any policy that would leave animals alone to live out their lives in the habitats of their choosing. The role of humans in the lives of animals ought to be one of defense and protection.

    David

    Friday, November 4, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink

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