When this happened the other day, there were a lot more upset people than I thought there would be. I hate news stories like this about animals and most times I have to leave the room or turn the channel. Puppy mill stories do me right in. But there was no getting away from this one. It was EVERYWHERE. When I saw all those magnificent animals laying dead, one after the other, it nearly killed me to see it.
Who does this? What makes a person decide to “collect” exotic animals? I could “maybe” understand if you got or had 1. But not to this extent. What would make this man collect all these animals and then free them and kill himself? He had to know what was going to happen. Here are the laws of Minnesota.
The next question has me thinking why would any SANE person not do something about this BEFORE this tragedy had a chance to happen? The police had been called there on a few occasions for minor things and a few of the animals had gotten out a few times so why didn’t someone do or say something? This is just wrong. Neighbors interviewed said this was a nice guy. But they did get afraid at times thinking some of those big animals would get out. How could you not always have that in the back of your mind. Any lion, tiger or bear could just pop out at you any time, day or night. How could you even live like that?
I really think this is a law that needs to change. I don’t think anyone should be allowed to have their own zoo. It’s not fair to anyone, animals included.
What do you think? It doesn’t look like the outcome of this one could have been avoided.