Sheriff’s deputies shot nearly 50 wild animals – including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions – in a big-game hunt across the Ohio countryside Wednesday after 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.

oh my god…why would you even

yes they are wild but you could’ve…this could’ve been handled so much better 

disgustingly repulsive… god i hate seeing posts like this. god i hate hearing that this is going on in the world. 

It wasn’t like it was just for shits and gigs, they tried to tranquilize the tigers first and it didn’t work. The tigers became even more enraged. Obviously a small town wouldn’t have the capabilities to tranquilize 48 large animals all weighing in excess of 300 pounds. Yes, it’s extremely sad, no, it shouldn’t have happened, but by the law, human life comes before animal life. These tigers attacked the gunmen trying to tranquilize them and so the order to shoot to kill was sent. It’s such a fucking shame they weren’t taken from the owner months ago after multiple claims of animal abuse. Humans failed them, yes, but what had to be done was done. I wish with every fiber of my being it could have ended differently but at the end of the day human lives were prioritized, as they always will be.

It’s a damn shame, but people shouldn’t act like it was just the humans fault. Wild animals will act like wild animals.

But it IS the fault of humans that they are dead. I realize they needed to be put down, that’s not what I am saying. Lawmakers state to state ignore cries from the Humane Society and general public to outlaw the ability to have these amazing animals as pets and in Ohio if you had room for a blue whale you could have it as a pet. That is insane. I hope this sparks something in our federal government to enact a law that prohibits people from owning exotic animals like this. 3 years ago in February the biggest story was about the chimp that lived with a woman and it tore her friend’s face off. She had the thing hopped up on prescription meds and slept in bed with it.

I’m saying. You can’t just start a zoo on your own. This is why.

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