Wednesday, May 2, 2012

EXOTIC ANIMALS TO RETURN TO ZANESVILLE!

Wife Of Man Who Released Wild Animals Wins Custody


On October 18th of 2011, in Zanesville, Ohio, Terry Thompson deliberately released 56 of his exotic animals from his compound into the community – including lions, tigers, and bears – before he committed suicide. 48 of the escaped animals had to be shot by local authorities while two were eaten by the bigger animals. However, six animals were not killed and were taken to the Columbus Zoo. Almost immediately, Thompson’s widow hired a lawyer to get her animals back and has now won legal control of the survivors and will take them back to the very same hellish compound from which they came. For the Frog Blog's detailed coverage of this horrific tragedy in October, click here.

~ Zanesville residents worry about the return of wild animals.

It's clear the widow, Marian Thompson, is a hardheaded wingnut who should not get the animals back. But there are much darker and sadder reasons why the surviving exotic animals should stay at the Columbus Zoo. One important issue is that the wild animals on Thompson's farm were often not securely housed and were prone to escaping, posing a severe threat to the local residents of Zanesville and Muskingum County as a whole. In fact, Terry Thompson was cited nine times for letting animals run loose on his farm and his compound was visited by police 30 times since 2004. In 2005, he was convicted of animal cruelty.

~ Terry Thompson was a troubled, negligent man.

The conditions his animals had to endure were unspeakable. Wild animals that needed wide open spaces to roam were forced to be cooped up in small cages, full of feces and filth. Some of the primates were kept in bird cages. Some of the tigers were forced to live in cages that were only 6 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and 15 feet deep. And one of his bears was housed in a large parrot cage. In fact, that same bear survived and has gained 60 pounds since first being brought to the Columbus Zoo. Marian Thompson had full knowledge of the deplorable conditions at her husband's farm and therefore is unfit to care for the surviving animals.

Marian Thompson is planning to bring the five surviving animals (one died at the Columbus Zoo) back to the same house of horrors from which they came; and it has been reported that she has repeatedly denied animal welfare experts from inspecting the farm to see if the conditions there are safe for the animals and that the cages are secure enough to be no threat to the community.

~ Ohio's cruel trade in exotic/rare pets.

But out of this despicable mess may be a silver lining. Due to the Zanesville tragedy, Ohio legislators have significantly curbed the trade in exotic animals. And soon, humane standards will have to be followed before qualified people are allowed keep wild animals, hopefully protecting helpless creatures from abuse and neglect at the hands of callous idiots – people not unlike the Thompsons.

[Updated Insert – May 5, 2012: Yesterday, Marian Thompson transported the five surviving exotic animals by trailers from the Columbus Zoo back to the very same farm where the terrifying massacre took place on October 18, 2011. It has been reported that Marian Thompson has rejected requests from an inspector, a humane officer, and the sheriff to inspect the facilities on her farm. But Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said that at the first complaint, they will surely check into the matter. What, like last time, when neighbors called the police in horror over lions, tigers, leopards, bears, and wolves running amuck? Maybe phones should be installed in the cages so the animals could dial 911 and file a complaint if they were abused!]

~ Concerns and questions about conditions on the farm-from-hell.


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  2. Dear Sir / Madam,

    I would like to make a comment regarding the zanesville ohio massacure. I live in ohio and have many friends that are friends of the Thompson in zanesville and the likelyhood of mr thompson letting those animals out and killing himself are one of the most unlikely stories / facts. I agree that he needed to clean his place up but also feel that he was not always readily available to care for them due tohim being incarserated. I also know that many people have too many animals to care for but still are able too feed them much better that if they were in the wild. I have some exotics and we feed them well and have plenty of room for them to excersize and shelter and I have neighbors that are idiots and would not put it past them to let our animals out so we have locks on our latched and all is under lock and key. I think you as citizens need to keep your nose out of the exotic breeders business as the thompsons neighbors are the suspects in this situation

    Thank you !

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    1. It's not just about the food, even if it is as good as you claim. Certain animals need many square miles to roam – it's in their DNA. To place a great animal such as a lion in a cage, no matter how spacious, is like putting a human being inside of a closet for life. It is a pathetic and painful experience for a lifetime.

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