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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    middleagedhousewife

    It's amazing what people will do to others in the name of themselves.

    by ABlueKansas on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 06:11:52 PM PDT

  •  I heard about it on the news and thought how it (0+ / 0-)

    seemed like the trailer for an "Andromeda Strain" type of disease disaster movie.

    I guess Ohio is the state to live in if you want to keep wild animals.

  •  Correct Your Title, It's Herpes Not Hep nt (4+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 06:17:36 PM PDT

  •  My bf told me that when I (4+ / 0-)

    half asleep. I thought he was making shit up about monkeys again. He does that a lot.

    sigh. Well, at least it aint Cleveland this time.

    "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

    by GenXangster on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 06:39:52 PM PDT

  •  Leave John Boehner alone!!!! (4+ / 0-)
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    sunbro, Betty Pinson, jan4insight, BachFan
  •  Reminds me of Planet of the Apes... He'll end up (1+ / 0-)
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    middleagedhousewife

    in my neck of the woods in Muir Woods.  I'm rooting for him.

  •  The photo there makes me sick and sad. (1+ / 0-)
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    avsp

    This has me really scratching my head:

    the owner of an exotic-animal park threw their cages open and committed suicide in what appeared to be one last act of spite against his neighbors and police.

    I have never seen suicide characterized as an act of spite.

    Then to have that sentence immediately followed by this one:

    The sheriff would not speculate why Thompson killed himself and why he left open the cages and fences at his 73-acre preserve, dooming the animals he seemed to love so much.

    Actually, you just did, Sheriff Lutz.  You said he did it out of spite.

    Weird, weird situation.

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 06:54:07 PM PDT

    •  I think the spite part was opening the gates. (3+ / 0-)

      He went so far as to cut the wire fencing so that the animals could not be re-penned even if someone had been able to round them up. More of the sad story that gives hints as to why:

      Thompson, 62, was released from federal prison just three weeks ago, after serving a one-year term.

      The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had raided Thompson’s Kopchak Road property in June 2008, seizing more than 100 guns. ...

      Under terms of his release, Thompson was confined to his home for a year.

      Thompson also was convicted in Muskingum County Municipal Court in 2005 of cruelty to animals, having an animal at large and two counts of rendering animal waste without a license. The charges stemmed from allegations that three cows and a bison had died on another property he owned, on Boggs Road in Perry Township, east of Zanesville.

      Neighbors there had lodged numerous complaints about him letting his animals wander.

      Columbus Dispatch

  •  It was eaten by one of the cats! (5+ / 0-)

    You could be listening to Netroots Radio. "We are but temporary visitors on this planet. The microbes own this place" <- Me

    by yuriwho on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 07:36:46 PM PDT

  •  Here's a link to the whole article (10+ / 0-)

    to the whole article

    There was a sin commited down here last night. But, no matter what anyone says, law enforcement were not the sinners.

    Some selected quotes:

    "The animals that were killed included 18 tigers, nine male lions, eight female lions, six black bears, three mountain lions, two grizzly bears, one baboon and two wolves, Sheriff Matt Lutz said. The escaped monkey poses a danger because it is infected with herpes, the sheriff said.

    The sheriff said it is possible that the missing monkey was eaten by a large cat.

    And the reason this happened?

    Ohio has no rules regulating the sale and ownership of exotic animals.

    Former Gov. Ted Strickland had attempted to enforce such a law, but Gov. John Kasich allowed an executive order to expire.

    "There really needs to be some legislation changed on how these things are going on in the state of Ohio," Lutz said.

    We need to start screaming loud and long until these private "zoos" are banned in this state.

    I live in the next county over, and there are some people who keep a black bear caged in their back yard about a mile from me.

    I can attest that this is also the puppy mill capitol of the nation. I've seen things down here that would make your flesh crawl. Animals kept in absolutely unimaginable conditions. It usually takes a neighbor or three complaining multiple times before anything can be done. By that time the animals in question usually have to be euthanized. It's unforgiveable.

    So, 49 innocent animals who never did a damned thing wrong, are now dead. All because some asshole survivalist wanted to play Tarzan. And it was all perfectly legal, 'cause "we don't need no gummint interventionists around here!"

    Unless of course you happen to be a public service worker with a union card in your wallet. THEN b'god, Kasich will be leading the intervention parade!

    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

    by Pariah Dog on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 07:37:55 PM PDT

  •  Leave these poor sick monkeys alone... (0+ / 0-)

    ...they got problems enough as it is!

    Whenever loyalty to the enterprise becomes more important than simple morality, there you will find evil functioning smoothly -Roger Ebert

    by boojieboy on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 08:42:55 PM PDT

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