Massive (KILL) hunt in Ohio for escaped zoo animals
This story was linked on my Facebook feed this morning, and I couldn’t be more angry. Or sick. Or disgusted.
An Ohio town was on lockdown early Wednesday after dozens of dangerous wild animals — including lions, tigers and other large carnivores — escaped from an exotic farm and were on the prowl.
Police with a shoot-to-kill order overnight hunted down about two dozen of the animals overnight in and around the town of Zanesville, Ohio, but officials said an undetermined number were still at large early Wednesday. (read more)
I’m sure the animals are better off dead (honestly – life in a zoo is no life for a wild animal) but I don’t understand why the first reaction to this escape is kill everything immediately – at the very least, could they not “shoot” these animals with tranquilizers and humanely recapture?
It wasn’t that long ago that I still loved zoos. Being vegan for me has been an ongoing learning experience – you’re exposed to the worst of it and you try to change, but it’s not after realizing how many animals are truly exploited and mistreated in all aspects of life that your really discover what other institutions and activities you need to be avoiding.
For some, avoiding zoos may have seemed obvious – but it wasn’t for me. I’ve loved animals since I was a child, and I loved to see them. I never really put two-and-two together – that loving animals means letting them have what’s best for them – and it wasn’t until my last trip to the Toronto Zoo a few years ago that this really hit me. I used to think the animals there were well-treated and happy. And I’m sure they’re well-treated in the sense they’re fed, given healthcare, etc. – but they’re not happy. I saw the large cats pacing…. back and forth, along their fences or glass walls. Anxious. Bored. Unsettled. It truly broke my heart… and I finally understood what was so wrong with zoos.
I understand that in this particular story, it’s an exotic farm (whatever that is) and not a zoo – but the sentiment is still the same.
These animals do not belong in captivity for your entertainment.
They do not belong in captivity, period.