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Tell Ohio It’s Time to Ban Dangerous Exotic Animals

GraceyYesterday, not too far from my habitat, innocent animals that had been living in deplorable conditions were set free from their cages and their owner was found dead on the farm where he kept these animals. The media began reporting that lions and tigers and bears were on the loose in Muskingum County.  But the truth was that most of these animals were still nearby their habitats. I bet they were frightened and confused.

In total there were 56 animals. 48 were killed right away:  18 tigers, 17 lions, 6 black bears,  3 mountain lions, 2 grizzly bears, 1 baboon and 1 wolf.  While many were criticizing the Sheriff’s department for putting the animals down, with only one hour of daylight left, and the possibility of  large carnivores escaping into the night, the Sheriff did the best that he could do. The safety of people in the surrounding area had to come first.

The Columbus Zoo was able to transport  3 leopards, 2 monkeys, and 1 grizzly bear.  For a period of time the news reported that only 1 grizzly bear, 1 mountain lion and 1 monkey were still on the loose but last report in, all the animals have been accounted for; 50 animals dead and 6 being cared for by the capable staff at our Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

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The Elephant in the Living Room Review & DVD Giveaway

The Elephant in the Living Room The Elephant in the Living Room will take you on a journey into the depths of the controversial American subculture of raising and selling some of the worlds more dangerous animals, as household pets. The critically acclaimed documentary  by  Michael Webber, an award winning director, follows the lives of two men caught up in the  middle of the issue,  Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet and Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted guy who struggles,  self-sacrificing his own needs to raise two pet African lions that he loves like his own family.

At the beginning of the film, you might have the tendency to think the worst of Terry for keeping Lambert and Lacey, two grown African lions in his back yard. But as the film progresses, you will begin to understand the complexity of the situation as you ride the emotional roller coaster with Terry about what is best for the lions, for him and  for the rest of his family.

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