Saturday, October 22, 2011
Tragedy in Ohio
This heartbreaking scene should never have happened.
We have rules about getting a driver's license, about having a beauty salon, and about owning a gun. Yet there are 12 states (including Missouri) that do not have regulations against people buying or owning exotic animals. Just look on line and you'll find out how easy it is to purchase a lion, tiger, bear, or ape.
These animals are not pets. They don't belong in cages. They need the freedom and dignity to live as they were meant to live in the wild or in animal preserves with managers who have the knowledge, funds, and ability to properly care for them.
In addition, these managers should be wise enough to have a plan for every circumstance. One that includes use of tranquilzing guns. A much preferable option to the wholesale slaughter of critters executed because of what they are.
It's past time for state legislators to wake up and do the right thing.