@CLEVELANDaMUSEing...you are absolutely right...you can thank Kasich for letting this bill slide by.
@ David Shuo...Jack Hanna actually agreed that there were no other choices at this point...and without the law to back them up, the sheriff's dept had their hands tied. the bill to protect these animals should have been passed and it was ALLOWED to expire.
@Charles Tudor...this was not by ANY means a sanctioned zoo. This was a case of an animal hoarder who got away with it because there were no laws against it in place. Sanctioned zoo's perform an important functions such as preservation of species, public education, saving animals who would have otherwise died in the wild. Let's not get them bundled in with this messy situation...not even close.
And as far as tranquilizing goes...they (the local police) did the best they could with what they had. They are not responsible for keeping enough tranquilizers on hand to bring down, 50 some, large wild animals...who would have ever thought that that many would escape at the same time, anyway? Even if this were an actually zoo I am sure that scenario would be outside the realm of rational possibilities. And without discussing, again, the process of tranquilizing large animals, maybe it would just be easier if everyone read for themselves the posts of those who know a bit more about this subject...or better yet...look it up for themselves before they write comments like: ("if they could have been shot at night they could have been shot with a tranquilizer at night too" or "They were shot at night and could kill them, but they couldn't tranquilize them at night because of why? What year is this 1923?"). These comments are just ludacris and place blame on the very people who, in some cases. put themselves in an extreme amount of danger to save the very lives of those who are now condemning them.
If I am not mistaken, they do have laws on the books but they are to protect the animals that are indigenous to Ohio. They need to expand them to include animals not indigenous to Ohio and Luke Evan is right...Kasich let the bill expire, maybe HE should be held responsible for what happened to these animals and not the brave men who were trying to keep the rest of us safe. I heard the story break the night before...so it did begin at night, Laura Libner...it just continued into daylight when this photo was taken. They tried to sedate a few of the animals first...one tiger charged after being shot with a sedative...animals can become extremely agitated and resist sedation. It would have been much too dangerous to sedate an animal, letting it run off and probably hide before the sedation set in, lose track of it, then allow it to reawaken confused, hungry and angry. They handled it the best way they possibly could with what they had at their disposal. Photos like this are meant to inflame and I understand the sadness at the loss of such beautiful creatures but maybe more people should actually get all the facts BEFORE jumping to conclusions.
Really SI? Low blow....You just lost one states subscriptions
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