(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
The Ohio Sheriff’s Department had the chance to go big game hunting without even having to buy airline tickets to Africa:
Ohio farm owner killed himself after letting animals loose, police say
Police say the owner of a wild animal preserve set wolves, bears, and lions free before dying from a self-inflicted wound.
This story is in The Guardian.
In all, so far, the authorities have killed :
18 Bengal Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 1 Wolf.
The sheriff is advising that all animals, including monkeys, must be killed because they are dangerous, aggressive, or a health threat from being infected with Herpes virus. According to authorities, the animals were freed by the farm’s owner who was disgruntled over many disagreements about the farm. The owner then “killed himself,” although there is no information about how.
I don’t really know anything about the history of relations between the owner of the Exotic Animal Farm, the Sheriff, and the community. I can’t help but think, however, that there could have been a better way to handle this than getting to the point of finding it necessary to kill these animals. Bengal Tigers, as davidseth has so eloquently pointed out, are an endangered species. For me, I believe that all animals, all life forms are my brothers and sisters. We must not kill them. How did they let it get this far?
A peek at the web site for the Muskingam County Sheriff gives me a clue. It seems to depict a very paranoid, security – law and order obsessed mind set. In addition to it’s prose introduction, the site offers 7 clickable links, only two of which are benign: 1) Area radar weather map, 2) Drug task force tip line, 3)Homeland Security Advisory noting that the threat level is “Elevated,” 4) Clickable link to the “Drug Free Action Alliance, 5)Amber Alert Ticker, 6)The “Family Watchdog: “Find Nearby Sex Offenders, and 7) Link for the hearing impaired. This seems to me, to say the least, just a tad one-sided. Everything’s a threat out there folks.” If interested, here’s the web page:
On behalf of Sheriff Matt Lutz, we would like to welcome you to the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office web site. The purpose of this site is to provide the residents of Muskingum County information regarding the Sheriff’s Office and its role in keeping Muskingum County safe. Our web site has been designed to be informative and to provide you with tools to assist our agency in providing better law enforcement services to our area.
The Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association has created a Facebook page and a Twitter account that lists felony arrests made in the state of Ohio. You can view these pages by visiting the links below:
Founded March 1, 1804, Muskingum County is located in east-central Ohio, approximately 45 miles east of Columbus. We have a population of over 85,000 in an area of 664 square miles.
The Sheriff’s Office employs approximately 120 people. Our duties include Law Enforcement, Court Security, Service of Papers, Jail Operations, Extradition Process and Transport of Prisoners.
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is to promote, preserve, and deliver a feeling of security, safety and quality in services provided to all members of our community.
(CODE AMBER ALERT TICKER)
emphasis mine. Find it here
I guess the animals are not members of the community.
I don’t want to minimize that wild animals, especially big cats, can be dangerous: I do hope to appeal to a little more balance instead of such a shoot first attitude toward every rustling in the leaves.