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EXOTIC ANIMALS: Deregulation begs for catastrophe

Letter by Annie E. Russell, Gig Harbor on Oct. 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm with 4 Comments »
October 27, 2011 10:18 am

The Zanesville, Ohio, massacre of 49 beautiful, precious and completely innocent animals has me seething. What insanity is this? Let’s start with the moron who collected guns and such “pets” as tigers, lions, leopards and bears.

This “Marlboro Man” wannabe was well known as a troublemaker, and recently served time for illegally possessing over 100 firearms. Then he commits suicide, but only after opening the cages of all of his “pets.” They escaped and local law enforcement executed all but six of the 55 exotic animals. A shocking photograph of dead tigers, lions, bears and cougars captured for posterity the carnage.

We know the world is populated by a contingent of crazies who will do anything. Anything. But what is perhaps even more infuriating is that common sense did not handle this appropriately before the tragedy.

Thompson was a known danger to the community, but it turns out Ohio is under the spell of a political delusion that highly regards property rights and disdains regulation. Republican Governor John Kasich refused to extend an emergency order by his predecessor (a Democrat) that restricted the ownership of exotic animals. That law might have prevented this debacle.

It’s not a stretch to see the similarity in the carnage wreaked upon the economy by banksters, also a known danger to the community, who were likewise deregulated. This dysfunctional mindset must be cast into the cracks of doom from whence it came. The conservative mantra of “deregulation” begs for catastrophe.

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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    It’s very telling that “property rights” are not very high on your list. Move to Europe where the Elites keep their foot on the back of your neck, and control every move you make…Or, don’t you remember a simple thing like the Bill Of Rights?

  2. aislander says:

    Just got a “stop-work” order from WDNR re cutting timber on my own land. What property rights?

  3. citizendoe says:


    Maybe next time have a point.

    All I got out your message was you’re a gun hater, tree hugger, that’s anti capitalism, and anti liberty…..

    Oh I know your doing that Hippie OCCUPY, Government make my woes go away thing.

    Sorry I missed that earlier.

  4. Why move to Europe – The US Corporate Elites have the jackboots on our necks right here in the good old USA.

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