Stories tagged with: Exotic Animal

May 16, 2012 - 9:32pm
4 years 14 weeks ago

Last month the president of the United States Zoological Association, Joe Schreibvogel, spoke out on the October exotic animal release in Muskingum County saying he didn't believe Terry Thompson killed himself, he thought Thompson was murdered as part of a conspiracy to ban exotic animal ownership.

Schreibvogel has also traveled to the state to lobby against Ohio's pending exotic animal legislation.

On Wednesday the Humane Society of the United States released the results of an...

April 30, 2012 - 6:07pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

The are strong reactions to the decision handed down by the Ohio Division of Agriculture.

Sam Kopchak vividly remembers the night of October 18th, 2011.

He was bringing in his new horse, Red, into his barn when he noticed the horse was spooked by a loose bear on the Thompson farm.

"The bear was running around the horses, and the bear took off toward the north," said Kopchak.

After corralling the horse, Kopchak continued toward the barn.

"I started...

March 14, 2012 - 7:15am
4 years 23 weeks ago

(AP) A proposal to regulate ownership of exotic animals in Ohio is getting its first hearing before State Senators.

Efforts to strengthen the state's law took on new urgency in October when authorities were forced to kill 48 wild animals, after their owner Terry Thompson freed them from his Kopchak Road farm and then committed suicide.

Republican State Senator Troy Balderson of Zanesville introduced the bill to ban new ownership of exotic animals in the state.

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