First of all, Terry Thompson was murdered. He did not let his animals loose and then commmit suicide as the authorities would have you believe. I don't know of any suicidal people who would let tigers and lions loose, then pull their pants down, mutilate themselves, then lay down in a prone position, put a gun to their heads and then pull the trigger. That just does not happen. Secondly, there are more people mauled and killed by their pet dogs every year than have been killed by an exotic animal in the past ten years. Thirdly, if your neighbr's dog is vicious, you don't ban ALL dogs. We have vicious dog laws on the books to ensure that people control their "vicious" animals. There is already strict liability for dog bites, and this can certainly be applied to exotic animal bites, as well. Most exotic animal owners are extremely careful to not let strangers come into contact with their animals because they don't want to lose those animals. These animals are not left to roam in fenced yards, like dogs, where any child on its way home from school can walk by the fence and tease the animal or put his fingers through the fence to "pet" the animal. Most of the time, the neighbor is not even aware that an exotic animal is housed next door because the owners keep their animals in a "secluded" area of their home or yard to prevent interaction with other people. So, all of you who have fallen prey to the Animal Rights Activsts false threats of harm and/or alarm, should sit back and think about this logically. Don't be led around by your nose and don't drink the kool-aid.
November 26, 2012 at 12:03 p.m.
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