Mufasa arrived at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary last summer, confiscated from a private owner who failed to repair caging and address veterinary needs.

Common Sense Prevails

The Ohio Senate voted 30-1 this week in favor of restrictions on the private ownership of potentially dangerous exotic animals. This is a positive first step towards bringing common sense and respect for all creatures back to the table in Ohio and around the nation.

Many argue “bans” on private ownership will do nothing to prevent another incident like the one last October in Zanesville, OH when 49 tigers, lions, bears, and others had to be killed after their owner, Terry Thompson, allegedly released them, then committed suicide. Thompson was a convicted felon with a history of animal abuse charges, so it’s a tragedy no laws existed to prevent him from keeping such animals after even the first violation. This bill, when passed, will establish common sense standards that will improve the lives of animals that remain in private hands, and help reduce the risks they pose to the public. As a result of those who have rallied in favor of restrictions, people are learning that not every Jungle Jack we see on television is WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). There is often much more to the story.

As Ohio’s legislation now moves to the House chamber, we hope it moves swiftly, without further dilution. We hope all who are about animals and public safety will tell federal legislators to support H.R. 4122, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act that proposes to further restrict private ownership and breeding of big cats, for profit and exploitation, across the nation. We urge you, greater Fort Wayne, to get behind these bills, and to support our efforts locally to provide refuge to displaced, captive-raised exotic animals so they may enjoy peace and solitude for the rest of their lives. This week is just the beginning. We will be counting on you to help us, and other “true” sanctuaries. Help us pick up the pieces for those animals sure to be displaced, ready for their second chances. Thank you for your support.

Lori Gagen
Executive Director
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
www.blackpine.org

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anna says ... on Sunday, Nov 18 at 8:12 PM

★Murder in Ohio: What really happened to Terry Thompson and his Exotic Animal Farm?I know many people think this sounds crazy but, don't ever believe everything that you hear on the News because all you get it's the tail end of it..

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Nov 18 at 8:14 PM

★My questions:Where is the suicide note?Why would Terry Thompson spend all night cutting 3ft. Holes in the cages with bolt cutters when he had the keys?►Why was his pants pulled down, unzipped, unbuttoned, down to his ankles, and his genitals missing

anna says ... on Sunday, Nov 18 at 8:16 PM

Why did the gun come back to a sheriff’s deputy?Why were some of the police reports contradicting?Why aren't the authorities investigating this as a murder? Why were the authorities so quick to declare that this was a suicide?

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Nov 18 at 8:18 PM

Why aren't the authorities conducting a forensic investigation including examining all of the cut marks on the cages and fences Whose fingerprints are on the cutting devices?

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Nov 18 at 8:19 PM

Why aren't the authorities looking for other evidence of murder, such as looking for evidence of muddy footprints not belonging to the animal owner all over the farm?

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Nov 18 at 8:20 PM

Why aren't the authorities looking for other evidence of murder, such as looking for evidence of muddy footprints not belonging to the animal owner all over the farm?

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Nov 18 at 8:22 PM

Don't the authorities realize that if the "animal rights" extremists get away with this murder, more are sure to follow?

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Nov 18 at 8:23 PM

Does anyone believe that the animal owner dragged his own dead body along the ground to its final resting place? Does anyone believe that the animal owner scattered chicken parts around his own dead body to attract the carnivores?

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Nov 18 at 8:24 PM

The owner had keys to all of his cages, yet we are supposed to believe that he went around the farm cutting the cages and fences to release his animals, and then shot himself? I don't buy that explanation.

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