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.
The problem isn't that the deputies killed the tigers that were unsafe to be roaming around loose, the problem is that our laws allowed him to have them.
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?
Well said. Zanesville is an area that is both too big to have all of these animals roaming around, but too small to be able to tranq them all, and tranqs don't take effect immediately. In fact, they angered many of the animals they used them on ... how is that safe? I don't think these deputies went in there with a "kill 'em all" mentality - in fact, from what I've seen, they were pretty distraught over it. Could they have saved some of them? Maybe. But these were sick, abused animals, and hindsight is 20/20. I can't help but feel like if they did save them, they would not be rehabilitated appropriately, or if they went to a zoo or something, they'd sicken or even kill other animals. Then, the question would be, "Why weren't they put out of their misery?" Can't win for losing.
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.
Yeah, I feel bad that this man was driven to suicide, but that doesn't mean he was in the right for capturing, abusing and releasing these animals.