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  •  As a kid a couple of years out of high school, (3+ / 0-)
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    I had a door to door sales job selling satellite systems in rural areas where nobody was running hard line cable.  My territory was in and around Frazeysburg, Ohio (I quit when this happened and the boss wouldn't give me a different territory).  It was a great job for me at the time.  I drove around out in the sticks with no supervision, smoking dope and knocking on doors collecting leads for base pay and accidentally selling a system on occasion.  

    One day I encountered a man who had a 150 pound female mountain lion in a fenced enclosure in his back yard.  He had a permit from the state and went on and on about how much cat food it ate and how much maintenance he had to do.  He said it was a pain in the neck.  I thought he was an ass.  The puma thrives in the Ohio hills and forests.  Why keep it captive?

    Picture a bright blue ball just spinnin' spinnin' free. It's dizzy with possibility.

    by lockewasright on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 09:07:17 AM PDT

    •  Ohio has one of the worst records (3+ / 0-)

      in the country for adequate regulation, licensing and ownership standards.

      Ohio mountain lion mauling renews call for ban on private ownership of dangerous exotic animals

      "Born Free USA has provided clear, documented evidence to Ohio officials showing that private ownership of dangerous exotic animals presents a real, and obviously ongoing, danger to the public," said Nicole Paquette, Born Free USA senior vice president and general counsel. "These incidents continue to corroborate our findings: the federal government is incapable of regulating exotic animal facilities and state legislation is required to oversee private owners."

      Born Free USA has repeatedly called on legislators to act on the public safety and animal welfare concerns related to exotic animal possession. In the last four years, the organization has filed five complaints with the USDA regarding Animal Welfare Act violations at five Ohio facilities.

      Other recent incidents in Ohio include the severing of a 4-year-old boy’s finger by a bear at the USDA-licensed Tuscawaras Wildlife Ranch, the near-fatal mauling of a woman by a USDA-licensed neighbor’s escaped bear, a man bitten by a monkey he had acquired as a pet and a USDA veterinarian attacked by a tiger owned by Lorenza Pearson, a USDA-license holder who at the time was on trial for more than 950 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

      Ohio is one of only nine states with no laws prohibiting the private possession of exotic animals such as wolves, cougars, tigers, bears, primates, and dangerous reptiles.

      Not to throw shoes is the crime. Not to be outraged is the crime.

      by the girl on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 09:12:50 AM PDT

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      •  I hope that they change it. This prick got the (3+ / 0-)
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        cat to come out from behind a bush and show itself by grabbing a dog and shoving it's nose through the fence that the pin was made out of.  The lion leapt to the fence and shrieked at the dog.  The poor thing was terrified.  I almost fought the man.  I LOVE dogs.  At the time I was in remarkable shape from 7 years of scholastic wrestling.  I should have decked him on the spot.

        Picture a bright blue ball just spinnin' spinnin' free. It's dizzy with possibility.

        by lockewasright on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 09:17:25 AM PDT

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        •  If you look at the websites I posted above (2+ / 0-)
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          you will see just how horrid this whole exotic pet thing is. Horrid. I have spent the past year of my life researching this stuff, and it makes me sick.

          We were able to close down a private "menagerie" here that was just a a hoarder of exotic animals who played on compassion and marketing to rake in public funding to keep breeding and buying her exotic pets.

          Anyone, she said, who spoke out against it, didn't 'care about the animals.' It was total bullshit, but it worked for her for a good six years or so.

          The newspaper reports charge for the archive, but this blog has published all the stories if you are interested.

          Not to throw shoes is the crime. Not to be outraged is the crime.

          by the girl on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 09:26:32 AM PDT

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      •  A couple of years ago (2+ / 0-)
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        A motorist in southern Ohio called 911 to report that a full-grown male African lion was on the loose. There wasn't any video of the lion himself but the audio of the 911 call was all over the internets.

        "You can never guarantee victory, but you can guarantee defeat."--Hall of Fame baseball writer Leonard Koppett.

        by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 10:36:59 AM PDT

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