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Nearly 50 exotic amimals shot and killed in Ohio

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I understand why they killed them but I do not understand why they couldn't have tranqualized the animals. =/ http://www.usatoday....ohio/50821092/1

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Me either, and I don't know why the guy released them in the first place then killed himself......It's really fucking bullshit that they did that though.

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It's a shame they couldn't have used a tranquilizer gun instead, or at least tried that first. Maybe with the sheer number of dangerous animals they just didn't think they could take the risk of a dart not working (since sometimes they hit the wrong part of the body or more than one is needed) =/

The question is why was this man allowed to have all these animals in the first place? Sounds like the laws on keeping exotic animals are far too lax and need sorting out. Proper, civilized laws to help protect both animals and people could have prevented this.

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How the hell can somebody be allowed to own 50 exotic animals? They are not like cats and dogs, you can't have them as pets.

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I heard about this yesterday. I can't believe they shot those animals, I wish they would have used a less fatal way of capturing them.
I hear that now Ohio is working on a law which bans the ownership of exotic animals.

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Leonardo DiCaprio should know about this.
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There wasn't a thread about this already?

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50 wild animals on the loose, several of them potential man-eaters. In a situation where expediency is needed, putting them down is the only call. Keep in mind that human weren't the only things threatened here--if a mating pair of wolves had gotten away, bad times would've been had by all in that ecosystem.

If a clean shot is taken, a bullet is one of the most humane ways to put down an animal. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that a bunch of deputies armed with handguns who were probably scared shitless were able to take down a lion on the first shot, but considering the immediate danger to people in the area, and the fact that this guy cut the cages so they couldn't be tranked and recaptured, I can't say I would've called for a different course of action.

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This whole story is so sad in every respect. Exotic animals should never be kept as pets!
What a waste of life and rarity. :(
I hope the country learns from this and stops something similar happening ever again.

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This whole story reminded me of Madagascar cartoon movie - exotic animals running away from a zoo and roaming the streets free - but at least that story finished in the right way, the animals were tranquillized, and then moved to another zoo.
And that's the fantasy.
Now, I can understand that potential aggressive animals have to be seized as soon as possible for the human (and not only) safety, but couldn't they think that Bengal tigers are threatened with extinction, there are only 1800 specimen all over the world and wwf is working to save them, before shooting? and that it wasn't necessary to kill animals, that ran away because of their owner??
Obviously no.
Cartoons are more fair than reality... :ermm:

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I don't think it was necessary to kill all the animals. Not only that, Bengal Tigers are on their way to extinction, and they've now effectively terminated 18 of them. I'm not saying it's the exact same, but when wild Moose (which actually are a threat and dangerous) or Polar Bears/black bears/any kind of bears really wander into towns, precautions are taken and killing them is the final last-ditch effort. This seems like it was just a no-brainer and they killed the majority of them off without coming up with a better plan.
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I don't know why they needed to be dead immediately. Wouldn't an anesthesia or something would have been enough to bring them to a safe place?

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This is retarded :(

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56 exotic animals, many of them extremely dangerous, are released into a town in Middle of Nowheresville, Ohio. Your options are to wait for the nearest zoo to send someone with a load of tranquilizer darts and trank guns (because I doubt Middle of Nowheresville keeps such equipment on hand) and try to subdue them one by one, or put the welfare of your town ahead of the welfare of a bunch of animals that had no business being there in the first place. From an environmentalist perspective, it's a shame all those animals had to die, especially the rare and endangered ones, but from a "not getting people mauled by a fucking grizzly bear" standpoint, there was really only one way to proceed.

Put it this way: how would any of you have answered to the parents of a child mauled or killed by a bear, lion, tiger, leopard, wolf or cougar because police were waiting for the tranks to arrive?

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Hnnng. Such a waste. All these beautiful animals did not need to die if they weren't kept the way they were.

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I agree, they had to be put down. It's not like having a wild bear or moose, because the difference between one and 56 is, well, 55. Towns in the middle of nowhere don't have tranquilizer darts on hand. Where would the nearest supplies for knocking our large animals be? Cleveland, Cincinnati, at a zoo in a big city probably, if even. Even if they could be knocked out, where are they going to be put?

If police found the man's animal reserve and then put down all the animals still in their cages I'd have a problem with that for sure, but this is way different. The real problem was that this man was able to acquire all these animals in the first place.

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It was the middle of the night, and a lot of the animals were potentially lethal to residents. It's an absolute tragedy that the animals had to be killed (especially the tigers), but the police did the right thing in protecting the local people.
All the blame should be laid on the owner of the animals. What he did was incredibly wrong. I know he committed suicide after releasing them (I'm assuming he had this all planned), but he could have just called someone and killed himself without letting them all out.
I just hope that they collected and froze some tiger gametes or something...

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It is an unfortunate situation all around. As far as I know Columbus was the closest city with a zoo and a capabilities to handle such animals and even then it was to long to wait for them to handle to animals non leathally and with the public safety at risk putting the animals down was the only thing that can be done unfortunately.

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So unfortunate and just awful.. However I agree it was probably necessary to shoot them :(

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what a crazy mo'fo

those poor animals :(


and breesus christ how did he get away with having 50 wild animals!?

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and breesus christ how did he get away with having 50 wild animals!?

Because there are some stupid-ass states in this country that never got around to making it illegal to have lions, tigers and bears in your fucking backyard.

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Why hasn't anyone become saddened over the tragedy that was the man's death ...?

I understand the sadness and anger over the fact that the animals were killed, but shouldn't the death --- No, the suicide --- Of a fellow human being be of more importance? Or at least the same level of importance ...

Geez, guys.

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Why hasn't anyone become saddened over the tragedy that was the man's death ...?

I understand the sadness and anger over the fact that the animals were killed, but shouldn't the death --- No, the suicide --- Of a fellow human being be of more importance? Or at least the same level of importance ...

Geez, guys.


Yeah, let's all feel sorry for a guy that kept a ton of animals locked up, then released them all knowing they could cause significant harm or even death to innocent people around him.

Yes, it's sad that a man is dead. But the fact that he put animals and many other people in harms way doesn't leave me feeling much sympathy for him.
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Why hasn't anyone become saddened over the tragedy that was the man's death ...?

Um, because he kept a shit-ton of dangerous animals locked in his backyard, had numerous run-ins with the law, and ultimately rigged it so that those animals would have the opportunity to eat small children after he capped himself.

Forgive me if I have a hard time shedding tears on this one.
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lions, tigers and bears

Oh my.

And yeah, Mallory, having a real hard time feeling bad about this guy. I feel worse for his wife, although she was also complicit in all this.
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I understand the sadness and anger over the fact that the animals were killed, but shouldn't the death --- No, the suicide --- Of a fellow human being be of more importance? Or at least the same level of importance ...

Even if his suicide is on the same level of importance as the death of one animal, 50 men would have needed to die to be on the same level as the animals in this situation. Only one man did. One man who kept these animals cooped up for years. He should have just taken them to the fucking zoo. I feel no sympathy for this man what-so-ever. What's more saddeing than the loss of one life is the loss of near-50 lives. Now, his wife. She's the real victim in all this, as are those poor creatures. What a useless waste of life caused by an uncaring human being.
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they did try to tranq some of the animals- but the cats went ballistic when they shot them with tranquilizer darts so they had to shoot them on site. Tranquilizers take a few minutes to take effect, and if the animal is charging humans in the meantime what choice do you have?

The bottom line is wild animals are wild for a reason. Wild animals are not pets. They should never be kept as pets. If they are orphaned, injured, unable to be released into the wild- then Zoos or Sancutaries are the appropriate place for them. Not in some dudes back yard.

it is a shame they had to kill these animals but people's lives were in danger. Bottom line. I feel terrible for the animals as they NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN KEPT IN THAT WAY IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! Asshole. He probably bought them on the black market, or had them smuggled in illegally or some shit and i have NO MERCY for him in that respect. Leave wild animals in the WILD!

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this is similar to that Chimpanzee attack in CT a few years ago. The one where it ripped off that lady's face and she had to be totally reconstructed (she was on oprah. i think she has since died.) It was not that far from where i live and i was working in the veterinary field at the time and as it turns out PEOPLE HAD BEEN TRYING TO GET HER ANIMALS TAKEN AWAY FOR YEARS! The local zoo (beardsley zoo) was all over it, trying to rehome that chimp, insisting it was a danger to society... AND NOTHING GOT DONE UNTIL IT FREAKING DESTROYED SOME LADY'S LIFE, PERMANENTLY. It is a total shame. That chimp should have been in a sanctuary, living with other chimps, climbing in trees, etc. NOT BEING DIAPERED AND DRESSED IN KIDS CLOTHES BY SOME RICH LADY IN STAMFORD!!!!!

Please people, everyone loves the cute fuzzy animals, but stick to those that are already domesticated, k?

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Mallory, the man CHOSE to kill himself, the animals didn't. Simple as that. This is why I have no sympathy for him.

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This is awful :( poor animals.

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I don't get it, why he killed those animals? :(



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