From the daily archives: Friday, October 21, 2011

Unless you’ve been living under the rock, I don’t need to recall the facts this week of the tragedy in Zanesville where a guy, with a history of animal cruelty convictions released over 50 exotic animals (including obviously dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, a wolf, and bears) before killing himself.

It has become John Kasich’s decision to let an executive order issued during the final days of the Strickland Administration to ban exotic pets, particularly dangerous animals, as a result of a protracted negotiations between the Humane Society of the United States and the Ohio Farm Bureau, to expire that […]

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The Dispatch is reporting that Kasich is still refusing to take any responsibility for blocking Ted Strickland’s dangerous animal ban that would have prevented the recent disaster in Zanesville in which dozens of rare, endangered Bengal tigers and other exotic and dangerous animals had to be killed by Sheriff’s deputies.

As they correctly point out, Strickland’s Executive Order prevented people convicted of abuse or neglect of animals from owning exotic pets. And Terry Thompson, the owner of the lions, tigers, bears and other animals that were killed in Zanesville, did have such a conviction and would not have been […]

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