Gina Penn, unabridged.


I want to pause a moment and reflect on the tragedy in Zanesville. As a fellow Ohioan from the Cincinnati area and writer, I simply cannot help but say a few words about this event.

Jesus Weeps

Take a good look.
After you’ve looked once, look again.
Who are we? What have we become?
Those poor creatures are never getting up. They’re never going to smell fresh air again, never eat again, never fall asleep in the sunshine again.
Was this really and truly the only way to handle this? You mean to tell me we can put a man on the moon and make a guitar the size of a human blood cell but we can’t find a better, more humane way to contain an animal outbreak?
If this is the case, I weep for humanity.
The man running this “preserve” was a nutcase. And the authorities warned him numerous times.
Why was nothing done?
I mean, really, is there so much to do in Zanesville that the local police were willing to overlook this dire situation dozens of times? Over a number of years?
Someone in Zanesville needs to stand up, take charge, and accept responsibility and due punishment for the gross oversight he/she allowed to continue that caused the slaughter of those animals.
This is unacceptable.
Do you know how many tigers are left in the world? Less than 1400. And thanks to Zanesville, now there are even fewer.
I certainly hope the citizens don’t lie back and accept this. To do so would be an atrocity.
“It has become appaulingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” ~Albert Einstein
 “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” ~~ Horace Mann
“The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.” ~~ Gustave Flaubert
“We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity-romantic love and gunpowder.” ~~Andre Marois
“Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us and what will be here a long time after we’re gone. ” ~William J. Clinton
Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind-the only difference is the victim.” ~~Alphonse de Lamartine

“Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”
– Mark Twain  “The Lowest Animal”

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” ~~Mark Twain

“There are no wild animals until man makes them so.” ~~Mark Twain

14 responses

  1. Penny

    We have talked about this all day yesterday and today as well. What a sad day for sure. We all know that this was handled poorly all the way around.

    October 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

  2. My heart went out to each of these innocent animals that died for no reason. Had this been done by a citizen, they’d be in jail by now! Yet the authorities can get away with doing this in the name of safety? This area appears to have been empty of citizens that the authorities could have captured these poor animals and got them to a zoo!! Why does this happen when there are so few of them left?

    I’m sure we’ll never hear an apology nor know why this was done rather than a capture of each animal. Too often lately we see wild animals killed rather than a capture. I live in the Pacific Northwest and they’ve killed too many grizzlies in the past few months who have wandered closer to civilization….or humans have wandered into their area to bate them into attacking. The bears, elk and moose end up dead when they react…..will it stop? I doubt it.

    Thank you for posting this. I hope more see it and comment.

    October 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

  3. Thank you for stopping by the blog, Deanna.

    The world is becoming a sorry place. Unfortunately, time is not going to quench this disgusted feeling I have in the pit of my stomach every time I think of this tragic event. I can only hope that we learn from this and pass laws making it illegal for citizens to own these types of exotic animals.

    Your situation with the grizzlies is a little different. It’s sad that humans are overpopulating and taking over their homes, shooting them to make the “problem” go away. It’s no different from exterminating the Native Americans with disease-infected blankets (as a Native American myself, I’ve tried hard not to see this correlation but it’s unavoidable). It’s been over a hundred years and we still haven’t learned. That being said, I don’t have much hope for humanity.

    October 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

  4. there so many wild animals kept in NC like that. Makes me angry and sad.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:45 am

  5. I think the only answer to this situation is to ban the owning of ALL exotic animals. These are not pets. Let the REAL reserves who are liscensed and dedicated to protecting species have the animals, but not someone who just wants a pet.

    October 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm

  6. sickening situation. I’m sure good homes could have been found for them all!

    Some people shouldn’t be let anywhere near animals.

    My email

    October 26, 2011 at 5:25 am

  7. michael

    seeing that picture ruined my day!

    October 26, 2011 at 6:12 am

  8. My soul cries for their loss……completely needless slaughter.

    earthsbooknook at gmail dot com

    October 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  9. Very sad. I wish people would learn to leave the care of exotics up to zoos and nature preserves. The tiger is too majestic and beautiful an animal to be allowed to go extinct.

    erinoriordan (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

    October 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

  10. So very sad indeed. This was posted on my FB feed. No one other than liget zoo’s should posses wild animals period. This pic and article had me nauseous, when none of it should have happened in the first place. *shakes head*

    October 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

  11. Oh *face palm* forget email

    October 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

  12. I agree, so sad. I followed this story the day it aired and honestly never thought it would come to this. I kept wondering why there wasn’t another way that it could have been handled–surely, they could have come up with something that would have spared their lives 😦

    October 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm

  13. Former Zanesville Resident

    The simple fact is that people > animals. Having lived in Zanesville for many years, I agree with what Matt Lutz did – and most of the people in the town do, as well. What would you have had him do instead – let the animals run loose, potentially maiming or killing people? The area was not deserted; yes, it is farmland, but people still live there, and Kopchak Road (where the place was located) is not far from the town itself. Over 20,000 people live in Zanesville – how exactly would all of them been relocated, in the dark, at night, with dangerous animals on the loose? Where would they have gone? It’s not like we have a “exotic animals on the loose” shelter. I feel bad that the animals were killed, but in the end, it was the right decision to make. I support our sheriff and don’t think that he did anything wrong.

    November 9, 2011 at 12:18 am

    • You’re missing the point. Had he done something long ago, like removing the animals from that man’s custody, which would have been the humane and right thing to do, then that horrible decision never would have had to be made. Someone should still be held accountable. The world is horribly overpopulated with people; but on that day, due to your fine sheriff’s negligence, we lost 1% of the WORLD’S rare tigers. If you are still on his side, I really weep for humanity.

      November 9, 2011 at 5:54 am

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