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SylveonStar
October 19th, 2011, 11:36 AM
Around 5:30 pm yesterday reports started coming in about wild animals being seen. A man in Zanseville Ohio shot himself yesterday afternoon after releasing his exotic animals. camels, cheetahs, lions, tigers, bears, Mountain Lions, Monkey's, wolfs and other animals. The animals roamed the county and as of know only one wolf and one Monkey are left alive. The bad thing is most of the animals killed are all endangered. Such as the Bengal Tiger (which was killed) and the Grey Wolf one of which is left alive. I live a half hour from where this happened and I don't think the animals should have been killed

Harebrained
October 19th, 2011, 01:17 PM
A link to any news articles would help.

As it is, this is part of why I really hate the larger or more dangerous exotic pets, or animals that aren't considered domesticated being kept outside of professional care and enclosures. If anything goes wrong, it's so much harder to set right in a way that involves neither people nor animals getting hurt.

Not sure why they're shooting to kill instead of using sedatives, though, unless perhaps human life is in immediate danger and they don't have time to wait for the sedatives to take effect...

Gold warehouse
October 19th, 2011, 01:34 PM
I think it's ridiculous how the police were criticised for killing the animals. These animals are dangerous, and human lives are to be prioritised above animal lives. The police did what they had to. The problem here is how this guy was legally allowed to keep these animals as "pets".

SylveonStar
October 19th, 2011, 01:50 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/10/17/2011-10-17_exotic_wild_animals_including_lions_cheetahs_bears__wolves_escape_ohio_animal_fa.html?r=news/national

Blue
October 19th, 2011, 02:19 PM
That's animal cruelty.. they should have just tranquilised them and caged them... not killed them, that's horrible!

PelipperMail
October 19th, 2011, 02:48 PM
All those exotic animals... almost like Pokémon... but rather than fainting, they get killed.

But on a more serious note, this is an absolute disgrace. First of all, they let the mistreatment of animals to continue for so long unnoticed, and when they finally were let free, they shot them all! Why are people allowed to keep some of those kinds of animals, particularly bears?

SylveonStar
October 19th, 2011, 04:38 PM
They shot and killed a Giraffe for heavens sake! A GIRAFFE! Why kill a Giraffe and I just heard on the radio that as of now there is one animal left on the loose a Monkey and it could be anywhere between Zanseville and where I live in Newark

Oryx
October 19th, 2011, 04:49 PM
Ugh, some of you people. Did you not read why they couldn't tranquilize them? It's convenient to criticize the people that probably saved tons of lives by spending all night out hunting wild exotic animals instead of sleeping comfortably in their bed like you. They didn't have tranquilizer darts with them and they needed to get the animals that second, to make sure no one was attacked by them. They tranquilized what they could, later, when it was daylight and they could be sure to actually catch the animals they tranquilized.

God
October 19th, 2011, 07:43 PM
I'd rather the animals be shot than an innocent child be mauled to death by one of the animals.

femtrooper
October 19th, 2011, 07:48 PM
This makes me so sad to know that the animals were all killed instead of tranquilized and taken to sanctuaries/zoos/rescue centres. Very upsetting. Most of them were endangered, so it is appalling that they resorted to killing them. It also bothers me that that guy who killed himself had these animals in the first place. They are not meant to be pets or to be treated like that. This whole story is very sad.

GFA
October 20th, 2011, 12:21 AM
That's animal cruelty.. they should have just tranquilised them and caged them... not killed them, that's horrible!
Considering Jack Hanna said it was the right thing, and he's actually an expert ... I'd say you're wrong. Also, it's not like they've ALL been killed.

Then again, it could be the 4:21 AM talking.

Bluerang1
October 20th, 2011, 02:19 PM
I found the whole thing funny. There was slight hysteria in school but we knew we were safe. Shame about the death of the wild animals and the man himself who is thought to have committed suicide.

Stormbringer
October 21st, 2011, 11:33 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if some International laws concerning endangered species were broken in the process of doing this. Ohio law < UN mandates.

Oh and, our dipshit Republican governor overturned the laws that would have prevented this, by the way. /is Ohioan.

Chairman Kaga
October 21st, 2011, 12:07 PM
I imagine that any international endangered species protection laws apply only to animals in their own habitat. The animals in this incident were very far-removed from their natural places of origin and wouldn't have been there in the first place if not for an absence of exotic animal laws that exist most other places in the civilized world, so unless there's a native breeding tiger population in Ohio that I'm not aware of, eliminating the animals had no impact on the surrounding ecosystem regardless of their endangered status. There's zero legal or ethical mandate to sacrifice innocent people.

That said, I'm from Ohio, and I had no idea that we had nonexistent regulation on the ownership of exotic animals. I've been to flea markets where lion and bear cubs have been sold in broad daylight, but I always assumed that this was black market business and not something perfectly legal. It almost always takes a horrific tragedy like this to expose any glaring hole in the law, but thankfully it's over and done with and we can crack down on this.

Alli
October 21st, 2011, 02:57 PM
I'm trying to figure out why I got an email about this from my school. Alabama is no where near Ohio. Either way, weird case. Sad that the animals had to die because someone was stupid enough to be keeping them for whatever reason.

pokecole
October 22nd, 2011, 09:45 AM
Ugh, some of you people. Did you not read why they couldn't tranquilize them? It's convenient to criticize the people that probably saved tons of lives by spending all night out hunting wild exotic animals instead of sleeping comfortably in their bed like you. They didn't have tranquilizer darts with them and they needed to get the animals that second, to make sure no one was attacked by them. They tranquilized what they could, later, when it was daylight and they could be sure to actually catch the animals they tranquilized.
Ok, so by this statement, you would think this would be true.
Ok, several endangered species are on the loose. We can do A) Wait a couple days in our houses til tranquilizers come. B) Nothing C)Shoot them all, duh because humans aren't a completely overpopulated race, so we need to save ourselves and possibly make these animals go extinct. Makes a heck of alot of sense doesnt it. Not to me it doesn't, and i'm sure the monkeys were killing everyone.

Lalapizzame
October 22nd, 2011, 08:52 PM
I value human lives more than the lives of exotic animals. Our safety is more important that the lives of animals that shouldn't have been here whatsoever.

GFA
October 23rd, 2011, 11:04 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if some International laws concerning endangered species were broken in the process of doing this. Ohio law < UN mandates.
I have a feeling we wont be hearing from them regardless ...

Oh and, our dipshit Republican governor overturned the laws that would have prevented this, by the way. /is Ohioan.

KASICH! KASICH! WOOP, WOOP!! *high fives*

Makes a heck of alot of sense doesnt it. Not to me it doesn't, and i'm sure the monkeys were killing everyone.
Yes. It does make sense. While you make a decent point, not everything was dangerous, not everything was killed. But as for the ones that were ... Well, they were very dangerous. It was night time and it was rainy. The conditions to capture some of the animals may have been poor, but that doesn't mean people weren't outside when the animals escaped.

As disheartening as the event was, what was necessary and proper was done. The best choice isn't always the happiest one after all. You think Jack Hanna was HAPPY rare, innocent animals were killed?

And most important of all, the past can't be undone. Deal.

Oryx
October 23rd, 2011, 11:51 AM
Ok, so by this statement, you would think this would be true.
Ok, several endangered species are on the loose. We can do A) Wait a couple days in our houses til tranquilizers come. B) Nothing C)Shoot them all, duh because humans aren't a completely overpopulated race, so we need to save ourselves and possibly make these animals go extinct. Makes a heck of alot of sense doesnt it. Not to me it doesn't, and i'm sure the monkeys were killing everyone.

If it was your mother, father, brother, sister in danger you wouldn't be saying that. The only reason those human lives don't mean anything to you is because you didn't personally know them. The only "monkey" that was killed was one baboon, which is a dangerous animal. As far as the monkeys go, two were captured alive and one is still missing, but it's assumed that it was eaten by one of the large cats. The animals killed were bears, tigers, wolves, and lions. They were habituated to getting food from humans, which makes them even more dangerous to people because they knew that houses = food and would therefore do whatever they could to get into a house to get food. Waiting in your house is not a viable solution with strong animals like that - besides, what about people that didn't plan for exotic animals to be let loose and weren't prepared to survive in their house for days? What about the people that need to work? The entire area can't just shut down entirely.

By the way, the animals were exotic, not endangered. Put it this way - the job of the Humane Society is to protect animals. They put no fault on the police for their decision.

The 100 Mega Shock
October 23rd, 2011, 12:13 PM
Unfortunately, tranquillising an animal isn't like in the movies or games - they don't stop dead in their tracks and fall asleep harmlessly. Even worse, even if you tried tranquillising something that's gotten worked up and is pumped on adrenaline then it's just gonna get even more mad and probably charge right at somebody. People were calling 911 because they could hear and even see dangerous wild animals around towards the middle of the night. That's really dangerous.

The people to blame for animals that didn't have to die and the risk of people being seriously injured are those that would keep exotic animals irresponsibly and who would let individuals keep them where they could be at risk.

ben cousins
October 26th, 2011, 05:56 AM
this sounds like a job for bindi irwin!

Reddit
October 26th, 2011, 10:47 AM
I'd rather the animals be shot than an innocent child be mauled to death by one of the animals.

This. Although it would have been nice if they used tranquilizers instead.

But some of the animals had the potential to be very dangerous.

cacturne4512
October 26th, 2011, 12:12 PM
I heard about this on another site. Didn't the man looking after the animals have like 30 something animal cruelty charges? If that is true, it seems this whole situation could have been avoided if they had stopped letting him look after the animals sooner.