"When the carnage was over, 49 animals were slaughtered, including 18 Bengal tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, a pair of grizzlies, three mountain lions, two wolves and a baboon."
I apologize for not commenting on this atrocity yesterday. So caught up in my own issues I didn't catch it until this morning. Please be warned the images you will see are heart wrenching!
To say I am insenced is to minimize my outrage. Where do I begin with finger pointing? Well, lets start from the beginning. The outrageously slack laws regarding the "Living in Captivity" laws in Ohio! Banter about all the rhetoric you want regarding the proposed safety of animals in captivity versus the dangers they face in the wild all you want. BUT, that is where they belong. A Bengal Tiger IS NOT a house cat! These are beautiful majestic and deadly animals that deserve to live and die in the wild! Next to the moronic, self aggrandizing demon who kept them as pets in the first place! My recommendation, if his motivation for keeping these creatures was one of preservation? Donate all your money to maintain a preserve in their natural habitat and hunting down and prosecuting poachers! The Police? Oh don't get me started! Read between the lines on this one. All this fluff about their concern for public safety, and having no other option? LORD! First of all animals were born with instincts. Man was born with reason. That's our natural defense! In a state that allows the keeping of exotic animals shouldn't there be some safeguards in place in the event that such a thing occurs?! I mean, fences fail!! To quote Micheal Chriton "Nature will find a way"! Perhaps, the powers that be could have stocked animal control with a range of tranquilizer darts!!! It's 158 miles from the Cincinnati Zoo to Zanesville. It's a 2 hour and 50 minute ride at the posted speed limit, slaps some sirens on and make it there in half the time! Or better yet, use a helicopter! But these cops were out looking for and chasing these animals! No wonder the bear turned on the officer! Look, these creatures weren't dressing up in borrowed clothing from a clothesline looking to get in line at the local Starbucks! You couldn't have waited a scant couple of hours for the professionals to come in, or to go and get tranquilizers?!
18 Bengal tigers? 18 BENGAL TIGERS!!!!!! What the F$%#!!!! This was NOTHING more the human, testosterone driven cruelty and aggression! Hand's down! NO argument! They panicked, they rushed the situation and acted outrageously!
UHH! Sorry, very little will inspire me to such naked aggression and righteous indignation. This is one of them!
Personally, there are laws regarding the killing of endangered species. These people should be brought up on charges and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!