Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Disgusting, Infuriating

In Muskingum County Ohio, a mentally ill felon who collected exotic animals let them all loose, right before he committed suicide. The animals he housed included 17 Lions, Leopards, 18 rare Bengal Tigers, Bears, Wolves, and Monkeys, among others.

Almost all of them are now dead, thanks to the trigger-happy cro-mags at the Muskingum Sheriff Department. Although the animals simply scattered and harmed no one, they were tracked down and shot dead. Including all the lions and rare Bengal tigers, both endangered in the wild.

Hel-looo...has anyone there ever heard of TRANQUILIZER GUNS?? These animals could have just as easily been shot with tranquilizer cartridges or darts, then transported to qualified, well-equipped zoos or wildlife sanctuaries in the region. The Columbus Zoo is just west of this county, and they could have had a team there very quickly with the needed tranquilizer equipment. But this department decided it would rather kill these animals, and probably was happy to get the chance.

I called that Sheriff Department to tell them what I think of this travesty, and if you'd like to also, that number is 740-452-3637; then press #6 for administration.
You can also sign a petition to the state of Ohio, here.

5 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I happened to be listening to the radio while driving home yesterday afternoon, when I heard Sheriff Matt Lutz, of Muskingum County, explain to NPR (when asked) why he didn't use tranquilizer guns instead of deadly force:

"We didn't have any; there's probably not a sheriff's department in the country that carries tranquilizer guns."

I suppose he realized how stupid and horrible he sounded, when he quickly added that it would have taken too long to obtain any, and because "public safety was his primary concern", he couldn't afford to wait for any to arrive.

Personally, I thought the sheriff sounded like a real dimwit, and he and his deputies are a bunch of trigger-happy morons.

Ohio used to be pretty neutral in my mind, but with all the craziness I've heard and read from there ever since the 2004 "reelection" of Bush, I'm beginning to pigeon-hole that state, and the people from there, as very "redneck-ish" and weird.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

By the way, I previously signed the petition.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

That's total bullshit - they could've had the Columbus Zoo professionals there within 45 minutes with all the tranquilizer guns needed. And the expertise to handle these animals.

These poor animals weren't an immediate public threat - they were scared to death and running away to hide.

Ohio sucks, and it'll be a cold day in hell before I spend a dime there, or set foot in that hellhole ever again (except maybe after I complete my "Explosives for Fun and Profit" correspondence course!)

By the way, they are full of corrupt, inbred wingnuts, and they rigged the 2004 election - they destroyed ballots, lied, and made sure Bush won.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

That's what de-regulation looks like. This was heartbreaking. I understand the need for public safety was a priority, but this should never have happened.

Zoologist Jack Hanna told Rachel Maddow:
"What do we do with 55 animals? We can`t go up there to Columbus Zoo
and we have the largest zoos in North America, by the way, top three out of
220. We have no place to put 55 lions and tigers and these animals.

So, now, we`re going to build something in the wild, 10,000 acres we
have, a repository so now, throughout this state and the United States we
can shut these things down, these people like this, and have these families
and put them somewhere and stop this over a period of 10 years to where no
one can purchase the lions and tigers like you said."

3:13 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Again, the public was not in any imminent danger - there were other options.

They just didn't want to make the effort.

These rare and endangered animals were treasures. Unlike most people.

6:58 PM  

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