Thoughts on the Ohio “Exotics” Fiasco

Ohio Animal Tragedy Calls Attention to Loopholes in U.S. Captive Wildlife Laws | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network.

If you didn’t hear about the insanity that was the “exotics” loose in Ohio, you can read up on it here. Needless to say, the killing of so many animals was completely unnecessary and certainly could have been avoided. I understand that Ohio isn’t exactly a normal place for someone to encounter a tiger, but 40+ deaths is unreasonable. I don’t believe that there was no chance that some of them could have been subdued with a tranquilizer and relocated to a proper facility. In one of the articles, I read that they shot an animal after it reacted poorly to being hit with a tranquilizer dart. Seriously? That’s sort of how that works. You would be ornery too to get a dart in the butt.

I’m not trying to say that if charged by a lion, I wouldn’t freak out and shoot, because I probably would. This whole thing calls into question the law, as is outlined in the link above. Not being strict with the sale, ownership and other facets of “exotic” animals is obviously resulting in carelessness. This sort of event could push people into thinking that all “exotic” pet owners are foul, incompetent people when it’s probably not true. With the right research and facilities, the dangers associated with exotic ownership could be greatly decreased. Saying that they will be nonexistent would be a lie.

I have mixed feelings about this sort of thing, but I’ll go so far as to say the combination of unfit owners and a poor control plan is devastating to public safety and the reputation of credible exotic centered facilities. I’ll keep an eye on the going on in Ohio…

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Vet Hospital updates:

  • Barkley has officially been adopted! …they renamed him “Jake”. He’s almost 2…
  • There have been prospects for Obi, Tibbles and Abigail!
  • This is just really cute:

    Lulu and Obi (left to right) after the cat party settled down

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