This had been an ongoing issue in Ohio for some time. Stirred previously by such stalwart organizations as Peta & Hsus as Society's view and encroachment(Housing,Sprawl) of where these Operations have been previously more isolated changes,incidents and harassment of these operations have ensued. After a bear mauled a young man to death working as an employee in 2010,then Gov.Strickland rammed through 2 pieces of emergency Executive -Powered Orders. He essentially stiffed the entire Exotic Animal Industry in Ohio. Announced on April 4,2011 at http://www.ohiodnr.com
" A"Work Group" of 10 diverse Stakeholder Organizations has begun meeting on a monthly basis to consider how to regulate species deemed to be dangerous Wild Animals in Ohio. This process was ordered by the Kasich Administration due to the April 6,2011 expiration of Executive Order 2010-17 S and Emergency Administrative Rule 1501:31-19-5 " Banning the Posession,Sale and Transfer of said animals.
In my opinion,two bad abuses of Executive Power by Strickland that left all facets of the Wild Animal Industry high,dry and screwed in Ohio. If the Muskingum County Sherriff's Dept story about this guy,who purportedly lost his mind,set all 56 animals free on his 73 acre compound and then went into his home and committed suicide and had a Criminal record is true,then I want to hear it all. What type of criminal record? Were nearby Yuppies and insidious Animal Rights Activists hounding him and his wife? I still remember the Ecoterrorists out west who burned a ski lift and Lodge to the ground because it wasn't acceptable to them. I really want to see proof that this guy lost it and killed himself. The Authorities made this look to easy to explain. No,I don't trust them. I do however believe in People before Animals. If shooting them was the only way,well then so be it. I wouldn't want to see a cop mauled and killed. I want more details before closing the book on this travesty. At last report,a Grey Wolf and a Monkey were still on the loose. Zoo officials recommended shooting the Monkey because it is possibly infected with Hepatitus "B"....Helluva Day In Ohio