PETA, Humane Society, Jack Hanna address Zanesville, Ohio tragedy (VIDEO)

After the death of dozens of exotic and wild animals in Zanesville, OH, the public is expressing outrage over the killings, and both experts and activists are speaking out.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Humane Society of the United States and wildlife expert Jack Hanna have all made statements on the killing of wild animals that have escaped from Muskingum County Animal Farm, a private wildlife reserve in east-central Ohio.

Many people are furious at the killing of so many wild animals—up to 44 so far, according to Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz—but well-respected wildlife expert Jack Hannah agrees with the decision the sheriff made last night to shoot-to-kill in this case.

"You cannot tranquilize an animal like this, a bear or a leopard or a tiger [at night]," Hanna said Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning, America. Hanna, who is the director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, explained that a tranquilized animal could run off and hide after being hit by the tranquilizer. This could create an even more dangerous situation, making the already dangerous and elusive animals even harder to find, and an even greater risk, not only to officers, but to the public, as well.

PETA released a statement today, following the deaths of dozens of the escaped animals, which included bears, lions, wolves and tigers:

“The shooting of dozens of exotic animals in Zanesville is a tragic example of just how wrong things can go when people are allowed to keep wild animals. Keeping exotic animals is inhumane and unsafe for both animals and people, and it's time that Ohio did something about it."

The Humane Society of the United States also indicated that Ohio, known to have some of the most lenient restrictions in the United States on the housing of wild and exotic animals by private individuals, needs to do something to strengthen its laws, and do it quickly:

"Every month brings a new, bizarre, almost surreal incident involving privately held dangerous wild animals," Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, said to CNN. "In recent years, Ohioans have died and suffered injuries because the state hasn't stopped private citizens from keeping dangerous wild animals as pets or as roadside attractions. Owners of large, exotic animals are a menace to society, and it's time for the delaying on the rulemaking to end."

There was obviously concern regarding the killing of these animals, but "we do not fault them for using lethal force," said Debbie Leahy, captive wildlife regulatory specialist for the Humane Society of the United States to CNN. "What we're finding, in places where they have lax regulations ... rural sheriffs and local animal control officers are being forced to deal with issues ranging from rampaging chimpanzees to tigers running amok," Leahy said, and, typically, officers in these areas are not trained to handle these types of animals in these extreme situations. She also echoed Hanna's concern about tranquilizers, indicating that, while they are sometimes an option, they take time to work, potentially giving them time to harm a person or to get away and hide. Also, if the animal in question has a high level of adrenaline in its system, the tranquilizers can also work to simply make it more agitated and, therefore, even more dangerous.

Regarding first responders who have to man the frontlines to protect people and actually kill the animals, Leahy said, "We have found, in some cases, they're just as traumatized as the rest of us." Sometimes, she indicated, they will even require counseling following such an event. "They don't want to have to shoot these animals."

"People shouldn't be blaming (authorities)," Leahy said. "They should be blaming the Ohio government for not taking action to prevent this incident."

"People have to understand something ... human life comes first," Hanna told CNN. "No one loves animals more than me, but human life has to come first."

For those who would like to help the remaining captured animals, more information is available: Captured Zanesville, Ohio, animals transferred to Columbus Zoo (VIDEO)

Read more about the released wild animals in Zanesville, OH, and view additional video footage, on Huliq.com:
Lions, tigers and bears roaming I-70 in Ohio (VIDEO)

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Video: ABCs Good Morning, America

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
With friends like Jack Hannah, who needs enemies?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Amen brother, amen!

Submitted by sharon m (not verified) on
This is a very sad day to know that the inocent animal has to pay the price of the humans that keep them. This should not have happened to these animals. The laws for these animals being kept by the ordinary person who isa not working with the states to protect them has to change. This is another nash ordeal except the animals who did not want to be here are put to an end by people who hurt just as much to kill them as they had to do. So sorry to the police dept. in Ohio. And my prayersw are with you all.

Submitted by SUZANNE (not verified) on
Einstein once remarked that the "advancement" of man is directly proportional to his compassionate treatment of the animals and planet around him... Obviously we have a long way to go! IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE!!! From puppy mill issues to horse slaughter and factory farming (to name a few) we must step up and be responsible! This unfortunate tragedy must be the spark to begin a new era of animal law. We must start living sustainably in accordance with nature and respect all life. GO PETA! ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE, WHERE ARE YOU? I have been unemployed for 18 months and sacrifice to donate to you--PLEASE STEP IN! THE PUBLIC WANTS CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Seriously, SHAME ON YOU Jack!!!!!....So disappointed that you actually supported this. How many of the animals that were shot..............hours and hours later...(time to have tranqualizers and use them ) were killed that there was anyone in danger. Lets talk about the location in which the animals were spotted. No, the truth is there is so much more to this story that the general public doesent know. Huh Sheriff? You finally got your chance and you took it. Shame on you. This wasn't about public safety....and alot of people know. You are only convincing people who are unaware of your antics.

Submitted by bzb (not verified) on
you obviously didn't read a single word of the article. your ignorance is off the charts.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Are you guys really going to shoot the monkey too???

Submitted by Rob (not verified) on
This is just crazy ..... They say they couldn't use tranquilizers but don't they use tranquilizers to capture these animals in the first place. They weren't born in cages so just sounds like lazy redneck police work to me..Pulling Jack Hanna into this only proves they know they did something inhumane. Sadly this card trick method works on the average American so now everyone will think : "Oh Jack says its okay so it must be right."...so sad......I think the state and officers should be to blame..And I hope PETA takes more steps to ensure someone takes ownership on this catastrophe...

Submitted by AD (not verified) on
I agree. I truly do not know who this Jack Hanna person is, but what I gather about this person is that he is a former director of the Columbus Zoo and a TV personality and as such, I do not find him to be an expert on animal behavior in any way. Sure, zoo people are all about "humane" treatment of animals, right? Not! The fact that he is a TV "personality" says even more about his lack of care for animals and his willingness to exploit and oppress them for personal gain. They certainly could have used tranquilizers! It seems, they went trigger happy and were in a panic mode. This is appalling!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I've watched Jack Hanna on tv many times. I've seen him struggle to be comfortable around the animals his animal handlers put in his lap to impress some tv show host. This man does not know or understand animals and their species' natural behavior.... wild, exotic, or otherwise. I don't agree with PETA in most cases, but this one is a no-brainer. This "sheriff" reacted to the opportunity to gain some notariety without regard to or consideration of the appropriate options he could have taken. If he had done all he could to contain the situation instead of hunting and killing (first), he would have been a hero to everyone.

Submitted by dustyrivers (not verified) on
i hear people all over saying "jack hanna said so and so .... so it must be true" . lol, what a joke. I have my own mind and opinion . i will not let a person of fame dictate my thoughts and feelings. i'm lost for words and saddened .

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This whole situration makes me Sick, I am also sooooo Pissed Off!!!! Do you know most of these animals were sitting in front of their cages trying to get back in. They were scared!!!!! Ohio get your S****** together it's not just wild anilmals in Zanesville it's dogs, cats puppies and kittens. Our rescue can't keep up. We try to save your unwanted animals and YOUR puppy mills keep kicking them out!!!!! I have a Zanesville rescue dog. Thank God I got her before you could KILL her too!!!! MICHIGAN

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Hey, I just went on Jack Hanna's website. Did you know for a ten dollar donation you can text him and help him save animals. SCAREY, huh.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have lost all respect for Jack Hanna and cannot believe that they think the public will swallow this covering up of the slaughter. They could have brought in trained experts to tranquilize them in no time at all if they had asked for help in the news media. Experts from all over would have come immediately to save these beautiful animals. Shame on you Jack Hanna and shame on anyone who took part. I am not buying into the fear hype used to cover up.

Submitted by AD (not verified) on
Agree! Let us not buy into the fear hype! This could have been handled in a humane way! "Animals cannot speak, but can you and I not speak for them and represent them? Let us all feel their silent cry of agony and let us all help that cry to be heard in the world." ~Rukmini Devi Arundale

Submitted by AD (not verified) on
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" ~Gandhi (1869-1948)

Submitted by AD (not verified) on
Now, now, let us focus our anger on the real issues. (beneath anger are feelings of hurt and fear!) I am hurt, by the actions taken. However, I am still alive and I can speak on animal rights isssues! The bast way to do that, in my opinion, is to teach and isntill EMPATHY in your children and your community!

Submitted by mercmaster (not verified) on
I cannot believe these cops turned this into a big game kill for thrill. I hope God's wrath befalls them. The bengali tigers killed represent 1.1% of the total population left in the world. They could have waited until daylight and tranqulized them with the help of other counties and closed schools and highways that day. . The city where the incident occurred was rural and sparse--they could have easily rounded them up the next day and relocated them to refuges and zoos across the country like William Randolph Hearst did when he couldn't afford them anymore. People are mean---Lost all respect for Law Enforement today.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am a Wildlife Conservation Activist And I do not Support what Jack Hanna Is saying. We have so many wildlife protection laws and here they shot more than 50 wildlife. Why Did Jack Hanna Sent Some Ohio Animals To His Zoo in san diego and Allow theam killed the rest? There is only 1,400 Bengal Tigers left in this world and they shot 18 Total left now: 1,382 left.

Submitted by Mitch (not verified) on
I saw this Hannah guy bellowing out the fear hype on TV and must agree that he is full of it. Those Barney Fife redneck Pigs that killed those animals with their assault rifles in the back of Pickup Trucks with night vision goggles were playing safari from moment one. Getting off on Murdering those poor animals in the name of public protection. What about a Portable Fence to contain them and then tranquilizing. This could have been done faster than the murder rampage. And by the way; Regarding the owner; This guy was supposedly doing time in prison for animal cruelty, et al. If this were the case, why did he still have the animals? There is alot of covering up to this story. Did you hear the Mayor of Zanesville on a radio show last night putting all of ther blame on the County Sherrif!!! He knows what they are all about. Redneck panzies looking for something to use there toys on.

Submitted by Mitch (not verified) on
I saw this Hannah guy bellowing out the fear hype on TV and must agree that he is full of it. Those Barney Fife redneck Pigs that killed those animals with their assault rifles in the back of Pickup Trucks with night vision goggles were playing safari from moment one. Getting off on Murdering those poor animals in the name of public protection. What about a Portable Fence to contain them and then tranquilizing. This could have been done faster than the murder rampage. And by the way; Regarding the owner; This guy was supposedly doing time in prison for animal cruelty, et al. If this were the case, why did he still have the animals? There is alot of covering up to this story. Did you hear the Mayor of Zanesville on a radio show last night putting all of ther blame on the County Sherrif!!! He knows what they are all about. Redneck panzies looking for something to use there toys on.

Submitted by jalill A.Scott (not verified) on
I do not want to see you writing about my uncle like that those animals had to die because they could kill 1,000s of inicent people the only reason why he bought those animals is because he loves animals and he never went to jail that what people are just saying reply back. I want to here your side on this

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
how about your family gets killed then he deserves to die to

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If the owner was in jail for animal cruelty why didn't Jack Hanna make arrangements for the animals way before this happened--My God what a tragedy.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I don't get it why would this guy even kill his self when he knows that he has all of those exotic animals why kill yourself thats just so said to even think about. If it was me I would be glade to have all those animals

Submitted by jalill A.Scott (not verified) on
It is not his fault what happened I understand that he let them go just a hunch mabby he couldn't take living know more do you want to know why because he is sick of people Juging him that is my uncle and i loved him with all of my heart and sorry for my spelling it just makes me so mad hering this

Submitted by jalill A.Scott (not verified) on
send you comments to jalillscott@rocketmail.com

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I had not heard that many of the animals were sitting outside their cages wanting to get back in - how tragic! This idiot who committed suicide demonstrated his total lack of concern for the animals by opening their cages - he had to know what the outcome would be. Only irresponsible people keep exotic pets. They may claim they love them but they are totally ignorant and misguided. I agree that Jack Hanna should have intervened before this happened. Obviously the public was aware of this exotic "farm" and with Jack's notoriety he could have used his clout to ensure these animals were safely re-located to accredited sanctuaries (I know most are full but each one can always find room for at least one or two more animals). I can only hope that the good, compassionate people of Ohio will now demand their government to implement and enforce strict laws regulating private ownership of exotics. It is well past due. Innocent animals should not have to die because of human ignorance..

Submitted by Nony Maus (not verified) on
I don't understand why zoo officials, armed with tranquilizer guns and SPOTLIGHTS TO USE IN THE DARKNESS couldn't handle this. Was there a shortage of resources? There must have been a better way to get the situation under control. RIP, innocent animals.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
They reacted too quickly. The sheriff admitted the animals were only 300 yards from their cages when they were killed. They weren’t running everywhere. The local authorities had been dealing with this for awhile, and finally had a way to end it for good. Kill them all, monkeys and giraffes included, problem solved.

Submitted by Z-ville Ohio (not verified) on
Look it sounds like none of you were there so here it goes - The police that responded to this were not trained for this situation in our area (z-ville), they don't carry there own tranquilizers or live capture equipment. We do have the Wilds (which I worked @ and imo wouldnt be staffed enough to deal with it) and the Columbus zoo ETA about hour and a half and people had to be mobilized and travel to our area which takes even more time. Initially when the first deputies arrived they were not prepared for the situation. This guy (and his property) have been notorious problems. I'm sure it was a frighting situation to see these animals out of there pins and there duty after upholding the law is to protect the public. I don't want to see these animals put down any more than anyone else, but until your looking at loose exotic animals next to you and your only tool is a firearm then you can talk about what to do. Also what apparently isnt being told nationally is yes some of the animals were close to there cages, a few others though were trying to cross the highway, plus we didn't have solid numbers about how many animals he had at first and didn't know how long they had been loose before anyone knew (could have been hours etc). It was near chaos in the beginning. The main point is that I don't blame local law enforcement. I do blame lax laws to an extent, this owner who committed suicide had been brought up on animal charges in the past, as well as weapons violations. Having worked around animals though, I honestly have to say if someone has full access to all the gates in a place like the wilds(which admittedly few do) and really wants to release at least some of the animals and kill themselves they could.

Submitted by Z-ville Ohio (not verified) on
Jack Hannah is an authority on animals that holds a lot of weight in this area, he went to Muskingum University (as did I) and he has done a lot of local work for animals, obviously the Columbus Zoo and not to mention his TV show promoting the message of conservation. So as an authority when he expresses that he doesn't recommend these animals be tranquilized @ night, that he understands the need to put them down quickly and he defends that position nationally... Like I said just dont be so quick to attack or hate local law enforcement, and for the guy who was talking about spot lights, we had a helicopter with thermal vision optics as part of the search, swat teams with night vision from licking county etc. But like I say all the equipment was designed for one thing and it wasn't to capture live animals.

Submitted by joan marie (not verified) on
Everyone is missing the point! Is the crime... that endangered species were killed? that exotic animals were permitted to be owned? ANIMAL LAW MUST BE CREATED, ENFORCED AND POLICED! Animals suffer at the hands of greedy, negligent and irresponsible humans every day. When will we acknowledge that humans are the only animal that takes more than they need to survive? We must be the voice for the animals.

Submitted by joel (not verified) on
want to help? There are several animal law charities that need YOUR donation to put new animal legislation into place. Here are 2 that you can look up online: ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, HUMANE SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE FUND. We also have a moral obligation to teach our children animal compassion--THE NATIONAL HUMANE EDUCATION SOCIETY needs donations to do this. Times are financially tough but even a small donation is a step in the right direction. Come on people, it's up to us...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Killing innocent animals that could have been tranquilized and saved shame on you! It's sick to know a human is capable of so much evil. Don't know how you can look in a mirror at yourself! Rip animals

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Killing innocent animals that could have been tranquilized and saved shame on you! It's sick to know a human is capable of so much evil. Don't know how you can look in a mirror at yourself! Rip animals

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If OHIO is going to allow wild animals to be kept you better make sure your police officers know how to handle them. Hanna may carry weight in OHIO, but he paniced, you take him out from in front of a camera in a controlled situation and he DID NOT know what to do!!!!! I don't blame the police officers that were given an order, I'm not even sure I blame the sheriff, afterall, he did try to call in an expert. the problem is he didn't get one!!! People are not Pi****ed that some animals may have needed to be distroyed if human lives are in danger. What people are sooooo upset about is the animals that were distroyed sitting in front of thier cages or just walking around still in an enclosed area. people weren't in danger they were told to stay in their homes. GOD forbid they should have to stay there for tooo long, while something other than distroying these animals could have been considered. This is soooooo wrong in soooo many ways!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
First of all, all of you people complaining about them killing the animals too quickly, how would you feel if you lived right down the street from this place?? You cannot tell me you would be afraid for your life, and you wouldn't shoot an animal charging you? No, I do not believe these animals should have been killed, but it's true human life comes first. They're lucky no one was hurt at all. And if you would have read the news articles, it said the tranq would have taken up to 8 min on some of the animals, because of their size. I highly doubt you would want to risk 8 minutes after shooting a large angry animal. Secondly, why are you blaming the police and Jack Hanna for this? Why are you not blaming, number one the idiot guy who decided to keep these animals, and then treat them poorly and neglect them, and then RELEASE them before killing himself?? REALLY! Because I'm pretty sure this is all his fault!! And number two Ohio for not having stricter laws!! And lastly, none of you personally know Jack Hanna, and I have no idea why you feel the need to say such rude things about him. He has spent his life saving animals and spreading knowledge to people about animals. If you're really that angry about this, call Ohio's governer and urge him to set in place emergency laws and get this issue taken care of so it doesn't happen again! Because you are highly mistaken if you think that 100's if not 1000's of other animals living in these people's houses throughout the country are being poorly treated, neglected, and probably killed when they can no longer care for them.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think you should know that I do live down the street from this place and I also know that there were 35 reported incidences called to the sheriffs office over the years. I think they handled the situation so wrongly and they sheriff had no intentions of saving these animals. If people can go to other countries and tranq a wild animal why couldn't they tranq one to save its life. And no, I was not afraid and never have been,neither was the neighbor beside him. The point is there was no effort to save any of them and the ones that were saved (6 out of 50) only because Jack Hanna was there to save them.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Sorry but it was HIS advice to KILL these animals. People were no longer in danger if they did what they were told to do. Stay in their homes.Lets see ill corner you, point a weapon at you and shine a large light on you, what than would you do?

Submitted by bzb (not verified) on
It was NOT Hanna's advice to kill you fkng moron! Most of the animals were already dead by the time Jack got there! It was Sheriff Lutz's orders b/c the scene was completely chaotic once officers arrived. Jack was in PA when he got the call & drove there immediately to try & help.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am outraged that the State of Ohio did not have a handle on the situation of these animals to begin with.. Leaving the fate of such beautiful species to an ownership of a "person" instead of being monitoring what was going on to begin with. I am sick over this and it just reminds me that some states in our country just don't give a damn. No effort was made to try and save some of these animals, instead it was a blood bath. And who is the true animal? Man or beast?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
These animals were massacred by scared little men. Sheriff Lutz furthered the chaos by his shot to kill orders. Most of the animals were shot on the property hanging around the cages and he wouldn't let the Zoo nor Wilds preserve people use their tranquiliz­ers unless an animal was found in a residentia­l area. HE OVERREACTE­D, caused the chaos and massacre of innocence animals whilst terrifying his community. Even Africans who live near lion preserves are appalled by his irrational fear. I run into black bears about once or twice a month - and these shy creatures RUN THE OTHER WAY unless severely cornered and provoked. THEY BLUFF CHARGE. HE SHOULD HAVE HAD A PLAN. HE KNEW THE SITUATION FOR OVER THREE YEARS. Starting with letting the black bears, wolves hide and know that they weren't an immediate danger. I guarantee you the black bears and TWO wolves (not a pack) were trying to get away from the tigers. And he should have focused on tranquilizing the tigers & lions and then rounded up the other animals in a rational manner. I've read their local newspaper and am shocked how scared and paranoid these people are - today's headline is "Large cat ATTACKED Thompson after he shot himself: Sheriff' (I really don't think a dead man cares. And it was a single bite to drag Thompson a few feet. ) - I hope they learn something about animals - because Slaughtersville is less than 1/2 hr from a reputable 10,000 acre wildlife preserve. I have no words for Jack Hanna except that I'm extremely disappointed.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Anyone complaining about the actions of the police department in Zanesville Ohio are either naive, idealistic (or a complete douchebag who believes the life of a tiger is more important than a human being). I guarantee that even members of peta would have been complaining, why didn't the police shoot the animals, if one of you had a child that ended up dying in this event because the police decided to wait to tranquilize the animals. Why should the cops have to put themselves at unessecary risk by trying to tranquilize the animals? The real problem as others have mentioned, is that this guy was able to own the animals in the first place. Also, for those bashing Jack, I am pretty sure that he (and in part due to his notoerity) has done much more to help animals then any of you. For one thing, Jack will be helping to shape a bill to ensure this event never again happens in ohio. For those of you bitching about him, what claims of the sort can you make? Finally, while the event is sad, I find it funny that people are complaining about us killing exotic cats, when you can be damn sure they wouldn't of had moral qualms about attacking a human.

Submitted by andyourpointis (not verified) on
The animals were dead when Hanna showed up. What was he gonna say? Nobody did good, or did right. Nobody.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Why would the sheriff or anyone want notoriety for this? I have a hard time believing that anyone would want to take credit for killing these animals...if for no other reason than the horrible criticism he was sure to (and obviously has) from peope who have no knowledge of the subject. Ohio needs to fix it...dangerous animals need to stay in zoos w/ some sort of accreditation to them...Jack Hanna should keep on doing what he's doing (protecting the rights of animals while ensuring that human life is FIRST)...and PETA, well, they need to go eff themselves. Crazy, cause hungry, attention seeking losers. Get a hobby, volunteer at a shelter, be vegan all day long for all I care...but turn down the crazy. If my babies or any other loved ones would've been put in danger by these animals b/c the police dept and others failed to act...they would all wish that they WERE eaten by tigers, b/c my wrath would make them look like kittens.

Submitted by roni (not verified) on
Did anyone catch Good Morning America this am? Video footage of the owner with his "WILD ANIMALS" displayed him kissing a bear, wrestling with a lioness, and wife in bed with one of the primates to name just a few... These animals were as tame as your family pet!!!! And what about GMA's comment that several of the animals were shot while standing peacefully in front of their cages as they waited to be put back in? Do you all know about the auctions that take place in the US everyday selling animals for profit? I did not realize that the US, a world leader, would stoop to the actions of third world countries... The laws regarding animals--not just in Ohio but the entire world--need to be instated. PETA, as a member who donates regularly(including my will), PLEASE, PLEASE HELP!!!!

Submitted by tanya (not verified) on
Listen up ladies! It is our responsibility to change the world!!! It begins at home--teaching our little boys to be real men--intelligent, compassionate and problem solving cooperative leaders. Those redneck Ohio boys had themselves a fun safari hunt the other night preying on innocent animals that had no choice or voice in the matter. There is no reason why those animals had to be killed. That early in the am all folks were home in bed. Until daylight they could have been thermally tracked and then tranquilized. Come on PETA, step up the education process. It's time to put "animal times" not just in print for members, but for schools, tv, etc. How many of you know about shipments of monkeys from china to the US to be used in cruel animal experiments? Or the fur farms that anally electricute and skin the animals while still alive? Closer to home, has anyone ever visited a factory farm that supplies the meat on your dinner plate?? If you knew the suffering they endured you would go vegan for sure. Ladies, it's hard to believe but we can no longer ignore the facts. PLEASE educate yourselves and your children. A great place to start is with PETA's FREE download "Effective everyday advocacy" at PETA.org. Simple tips for incorporating animal rights activism into your life and the children you are morally obligated to teach!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I live in Zanesville and work about a mile away from Terry Thompson's farm, that morning I was carrying a gun. If an animal had confronted you as you walked from your car to the building, what would all of you do in this situation? The animals were shot for public safety. You can play armchair quarterback from California, but if you were you might have a different opinion. I would also like to invite everyone to a wild game feast at the Moose Lodge just down the road. Only kidding, lighten up.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Of course if it was threatening you,you would shoot it. duh. Most were just standing or trying to get in their cages,not a threat.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Of course if it was threatening you,you would shoot it. duh. Most were just standing or trying to get in their cages,not a threat.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I live in Zanesville and work about a mile away from Terry Thompson's farm, that morning I was carrying a gun. If an animal had confronted you as you walked from your car to the building, what would all of you do in this situation? The animals were shot for public safety. You can play armchair quarterback from California, but if you were you might have a different opinion. I would also like to invite everyone to a wild game feast at the Moose Lodge just down the road. Only kidding, lighten up.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Gotten in the car or backed back into the house. I live in bear & wolf country, encounter these animals about once or twice a month and you just give them a wide perimeter (and yeah, most times I keep on walking and they walk the other way.) I don't understand why your town acts if these animals were on a rampage after YOU (for lack of better example) or your children. And why you wouldn't have enough respect for other species on this earth - not to allow a day, or two or even a week to round them up properly. Would your livelihood have really been that interrupted? YOUR IRRATIONAL FEAR IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANY ANIMAL EVER WILL BE. Please learn about these species. Good news - I hear rumors that The Wilds are trying to set themselves up as a safe haven for the exotic animals that will be turned in. That preserve is within an hour from you - correct? Please learn about other species on this planet before annihilating them.

Submitted by gwen (not verified) on
There is one person responsible for this senseless tragedy, his name is Terry Thompson. Apparently, he had threatened officials for years he would let someday open all the cages. I am sickened by the death of all of these gorgeous animals, it's Terry's fault and no one elses. I feel badly for the ones that had to shoot to kill, I really do. My heart goes out to them. Let this be bring awareness to owning exotic precious animals.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I love all animals, but I listened to some of the 911 calls from citizens seeing wild animals and that would terrify me. I love my children and if any person or child had been harmed or killed by one of these exotic animals then there would be outrage of why the police didnt do more to protect the public. Protecting the public is there job, they are not trained to protect and capture wild animals. They did what they had to do to protect the public and I dont think they enjoyed what had to be done.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I love all animals, but I listened to some of the 911 calls from citizens seeing wild animals and that would terrify me. I love my children and if any person or child had been harmed or killed by one of these exotic animals then there would be outrage of why the police didnt do more to protect the public. Protecting the public is there job, they are not trained to protect and capture wild animals. They did what they had to do to protect the public and I dont think they enjoyed what had to be done.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Wikipedia: Though unable to secure zoning as a zoo for his father's farm, the two opened a pet shop and petting zoo. In 1973, a three-year-old boy was mauled by a lion at Hanna's farm and lost his arm.[1] Hanna settled the subsequent lawsuit out of court, shut down the petting zoo, and moved his family to Florida.[citation needed] He then worked for a wildlife adventure company. Hannah in his silly little safari suit is an idiot who was lucky enough to be liked by celebrity talk show hosts because he is a bumbling fool. He has no respect for animals and has ALWAYS profitted off of them. He doesn't want to shut down the wild animal brokers in Ohio because he is ONE. Hannah claims to have been working with officials for months about a bill to protect wild animals but he was in no hurry to do so. THESE ANIMALS SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE IF HANNAH AND THE POLITICIANS HAD DONE THEIR JOBS!!!! If Hannah is so concerned about the welfare of the animals, why hasn't he ever done a damn thing about the horrible puppy mills in his own backyard? This was a terrible situation but the police reacted too quickly by slaughtering the animals. Ohio officials should be ashamed of themselves. I bet the laws will be put on the books fast now, but too late for these animals that were mistreated their entire life only to be hunted down like a canned safari. Hannahs advise in the animal word means nothing, never has...never will.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am trying to connect the dots. Hanna in Ohio = lose laws about keeping wild animals in Ohio. Did Hanna ever go to this compound and do a video for his PR machine? I am ashamed of you Jack Hanna and thankfully you didn't kill off those grizzlies you encountered in Glacier National Park last year. I have lost all respect. I agree people could have stayed in until daylight and they could have found a lot more animals instead of playing out a rampage of shooting.

Submitted by CB (not verified) on
I have a questions. Were there baby animals there? If so what happened to them and is there a report on them. How does anyone know for sure that Thompson committed suicide? Why were there chicken parts around his body? Why were there holes cut in the fences? How is it the officers felt comfortable shooting into the dark to kill an animal and not feel comfortable enough to trank them? Why did Lutz say at first there was suicide note and then the next day say there wasn't? I think Hanna and Lutz should answer for their part in the murder. Both should be removed from their offices without pay and have to do time in jail. Harsh maybe but if this can happen to animals where does it stop? Who will be next when the police pannic again? (Woh watches the watchers?) In other words who will keep the panniced police in line? Cooler heads could have had a better out come to this. But as Lutz said they are not trained to handle something like this and as such decided it would be easier to just shoot to kill. I am sorry but I do not feel sorry for Lutz or his deputies or Hana as they are trying to get people to do. I for one will not have another membership to the Columbus zoo or the Wilds as long as Hanna has any connection to them.

Submitted by Cappy (not verified) on
I have a questions. Were there baby animals there? If so what happened to them and is there a report on them. How does anyone know for sure that Thompson committed suicide? Why were there chicken parts around his body? Why were there holes cut in the fences? How is it the officers felt comfortable shooting into the dark to kill an animal and not feel comfortable enough to trank them? Why did Lutz say at first there was suicide note and then the next day say there wasn't? I think Hanna and Lutz should answer for their part in the murder. Both should be removed from their offices without pay and have to do time in jail. Harsh maybe but if this can happen to animals where does it stop? Who will be next when the police pannic again? (Woh watches the watchers?) In other words who will keep the panniced police in line? Cooler heads could have had a better out come to this. But as Lutz said they are not trained to handle something like this and as such decided it would be easier to just shoot to kill. I am sorry but I do not feel sorry for Lutz or his deputies or Hana as they are trying to get people to do. I for one will not have another membership to the Columbus zoo or the Wilds as long as Hanna has any connection to them.

Submitted by jalill A.Scott (not verified) on
Apparently none of you are understanding anything those animals could literally kill you and your family. I get it there killing the animals I really get that And there also killing Bengal Tigers one of the endangered species that is why they captured 10 Bengal Tigers and had to kill 18 of them because they was on the hunt for food and if that big cat were to see you it would think you were food and run after you. As soon as it sees you just hope that you are with someone because you would be dead in less than 30min I learned so much about these animals I was super pissed of when they killed 18 Bengal Tigers seriously I was just super super pissed but then I started understanding that these animals can kill lots of people 28 Bengal Tigers can eat alot in one day just imagine how many people would die your mom,dad,brothers,sisters,grandpa,grandma,aunt,cousins so many of your family dyeing because of wild tiger attacking them these animals are extremely dangerous I would be so furious if any of my family members died from an animal attack.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
We Have wildlife protection acts Laws In the USA and they was allowed to shot more than 50 wildlife.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am a Wildlife Conservation Activist And I do not Support what Jack Hanna Is saying. We have so many wildlife protection laws and here they shot more than 50 wildlife. Why Did Jack Hanna Sent Some Ohio Animals To His Zoo in san diego and Allow theam killed the rest? There is only 1,400 Bengal Tigers left in this world and they shot 18 Total left now: 1,382 left.

Submitted by Mercmaster (not verified) on
that sheriff lutz is a pig. Dumb hillbilly. people in law enforcement should have an iq above retarded. This incident has left me speechless, depressed and sick.

Submitted by bnj (not verified) on
I am a huge aimal lover, I have been to many national parks just watching the wild animals from a distance. What made this situation so bad was the fact that these animals were aggressive and accustomed to humans being around them, therefore there fear of humans is gone like true wild animals have. With there adrinaline high the traqulizers probably would have just made this harder. Also I know a bit about zoo's and how they work. The begal tigers that were killed would NEVER be able to be used for breeding purposes in zoo's because no one knows how there bloodlines are. The zoo's do selective breeding for endagered species, and without knowing about imbreeding or bad gentic health they wouldn't allow the animals to be breed. So in a since the endagered species are almost usless as far as helping the species goes. It's a tragedy that so many animals lost there lives, but human lives do come first. Even in a zoo if a freak accident were to happen with a keeper and an animal when it comes down to it they would do whatever it takes to get the keeper out safely. In this situation they needed to do whats best for the public. If we want to do anything to make a difference we need to stop the housing of exotic animals for the general public!

Submitted by I call BS (not verified) on
I totally call BS on this one. They could have saved the animals. Can't brainwash me. Hope you are all not easily brainwashed either.

Submitted by I call BS (not verified) on
We humans think our lives are so important and animals lives are insignificant. There had to be a better way. They acted too hastily without thinking or caring.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Men must have GOD and not DOG consciousness to have the ability to respond ... Our Response-ability is to Nurture the planet so that it continues to produce for future generations ... To Protect Endangered BE-ings from being SLAUGHTERED by the Dog Packs of Meat Eaters with Guns! Dog Pack Men-tality is to Kill as a Predator - God Consciousness to be a Protector .

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This nightmare is unequivocally equal to Ancient Empires' treatment of wild animals. The animals put down as humanely and safely as possible, in pitch darkness, were hand raised, hand fed and exhibited on international television programs by their owner, trainer and all-time personal best friend = Jack Hanna. I would imagine that NOBODY knew of the confusion, isolation and self-destruction going on inside the mind of the man known as Jack Hanna. A man whom, throughout his life, and until his death was one of the most respected and well-known owners and trainers of exotic animals on this planet. Known just about everywhere that people watched animals on television, poor Jack Hanna, brought his life into the public domain, which he shared with small, medium sized and giant animals out of their cages. He showed them to studio audiences and wildlife commentators wherever he could access a time slot. Little did anyone suspect that the loneliness and odd pattern of behaviour typified by this man would result in the wholesale destruction of a menagerie from practically every continent in the world.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This nightmare is unequivocally equal to Ancient Empires' treatment of wild animals. The animals put down as humanely and safely as possible, in pitch darkness, were hand raised, hand fed and exhibited by their owner, trainer and all-time personal best friend = Terry Thompson. I would imagine that NOBODY knew of the confusion, isolation and self-destruction going on inside the mind of the man known asTerry Thompson. A man whom, throughout his life, and until his death was one of the respected and known owners and trainers of exotic animals. Little did anyone suspect that the loneliness and odd pattern of behaviour typified by this man would result in the wholesale destruction of a menagerie from practically every continent in the world.