Find Seized Siberian Tigers Homes in Sanctuaries

Target: Ohio Department of Agriculture Director, David T. Daniels

Goal: Quickly place recently seized Siberian tigers in reputable sanctuaries to avoid exploiting or euthanizing them.

Five Siberian tigers need a home after they were recently seized by nearly 30 agents from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Ohio Highway Patrol. The owner of the Paw & Claws Animal Sanctuary was served with a warrant and voluntarily surrendered the animals despite an almost three-year fight to keep the animals at the sanctuary. The animals were tranquilized and transported to a temporary holding facility in Reynoldsberg.

In 2012, Zaynesville animal sanctuary owner Terry Thompson set dozens of lions, tigers, and bears free that were then hunted down and killed by law enforcement personnel. Minimal attempt at tranquilization took place and hunting parties gleefully massacred nearly 50 exotic animals. At the end of the slaughter, 18 Bengal tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, three mountain lions, two grizzlies, two wolves, and a baboon were murdered.

After the Zaynesville slaughter, lawmakers quickly signed a wild animal law which would take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The Ohio legislature passed tight restrictions on private ownership of dangerous animals and gave current owners of exotic animals sufficient time to become licensed as accredited sanctuaries. Those who did not become accredited in time have had their animals confiscated.

Despite the protracted three-year battle over these tigers, the Department of Agriculture has no plan yet on what will happen to them. The sheer number of responding heavily-armed law enforcement personnel to take possession of five tigers seems to suggest that they were anticipating, or perhaps hoping for, an excuse to hunt the majestic animals in a repeat of the Zaynesville massacre.

There is no central registry of exotic animals living in the United States and no tracking of animals sold. Many exotic animals are sold at auction to the highest bidder and are then exploited at roadside attractions, or worse, sent to hunting ranches where they are murdered in a canned hunt.

Arguably, no exotic animals should be privately owned, captively bred, or exploited for entertainment or amusement. The Ohio Department of Agriculture, however, has a duty and responsibility to ensure that these five Siberian Tigers are rehomed in an accredited sanctuary where they may live out their lives as naturally as possible.

The Ohio law seems to seek to eliminate the possibility of a Zaynesville massacre occurring again, however, they need to quickly determine a relocation plan for the tigers. Euthanasia is not an option. By signing this petition below, you will urge Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels to find homes for these five Siberian tigers.


Dear Director Daniels,

The five Siberian tigers seized in Marion County need to be relocated quickly to reputable and accredited sanctuaries for wild cats. After a three-year battle with the former owner of the tigers, the state of Ohio should have had a relocation plan in place before confiscating them.

There can be no other alternative for these majestic tigers. It was not their choice to be ripped from their mothers, raised by humans, and confined in too-small containment areas. These Siberian tigers should have spent their lives in their natural habitats, prowling forests and hunting for their food. As they would not be able to survive in the wild, releasing them is not a feasible option. You must ensure that these tigers find homes quickly in an accredited animal sanctuary.

I urge you to ensure that these animals are not euthanized nor sold off at auction to ranches where they will be victims of canned hunts. They deserve a better life, not the turmoil they are currently experiencing. Please find sanctuaries for these tigers immediately.


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One Comment

  1. Kathy Williams says:

    I signed this petition, only because it did not bring up the Zanesville (the petitioner didn’t even spell the name of the city correctly) tragedy that occurred on 10/18/2011 (not “in 2012”) while addressing Director Daniels. Although I’m generally not a fan of aggressive police force, quite frankly, I find the subjective, derogatory insinuations against those responding law enforcement officers extremely repellent.

    “Minimal attempt at tranquilization took place and hunting parties gleefully massacred nearly 50 exotic animals.”

    From Rough Beasts: The Zanesville Zoo Massacre, One Year Later…

    Former police officer Tim Harrison, who by himself has peaceably reined in more escaped exotic animals than all the law-enforcement officers in the state of Ohio:

    “Even if the sheriffs had tranquilizer rifles in their cars, they’d have to know how to dart. I do that all the time. You have to assess the size and weight of the animals as they’re running around in the dark, guess the right amount of medication, and inject it into the dart. Then, if you manage to hit the animal in the right spot, it still takes fifteen to twenty minutes for the drugs to take effect. That’s a lot of time with a tiger charging you or with the woods nearby for the cat to disappear into and then wake up later. People are crazy to think these animals could have been tranquilized.”

    With night and a major storm approaching, 73 acres near a major highway to track down dozens of predators (including bears, lions, tigers, cougars and wolves) and being tasked with public safety…I wonder what this petitioner would have done in their stead.

    “The sheer number of responding heavily-armed law enforcement personnel to take possession of five tigers seems to suggest that they were anticipating, or perhaps hoping for, an excuse to hunt the majestic animals in a repeat of the Zaynesville massacre.”

    To then further propose that these more recently responding officers had a latent thirst for blood/ulterior motive for now being prepared is equally inflammatory and repugnant.

    As Deputy Todd Kanavel – a very unenthusiastic, reluctant participant in Zanesville – eloquently stated in a sentiment shared by his colleagues:

    “I was sick, shooting these animals, because they didn’t ask to be there.”

    So while there is plenty of blame to go around for the heartbreaking decimation that resulted from the chaotic events in Zanesville – from Ohio legislators, and local & state wildlife agencies who allow people to enslave exotic animals, to federal agencies like the USDA and APHIS, to the local veterinarian who witnessed the animals’ deplorable living conditions while accompanying ATF officers during a 2008 raid – it is unconscionable of this petitioner to suggest that the officers at the scene had any other realistic choice in the matter – much less, enjoyed slaughtering these victims of mans’ selfishness.

    And I have to add just one more thing in the officers’ defense…

    A year later, the animals’ caretaker (John Moore) told the press that he believed he could have rounded-up/saved about half of the animals had he only been allowed because – essentially – “they respond[ed] to [his] love for them and love[d] [him] back.”

    Funny; the animals’ ‘owner’ (Terry Thompson) also claimed mutual love and affection and yet – when his body was found amid deliberately scattered chicken parts…

    “He was lying flat on his back off to the side of a dirt drive between the rear of his house and an adjacent barn, the top of his head blown open [self-inflicted], his pants pulled down below his knees, his underwear completely shredded, his inner thighs and genitals gone. One of the eighteen adult tigers that he and Marian [his wife] had raised from cubs stood by his fallen master, alternately guarding over and feeding upon him.” [1]

    Which only goes to show: You can take the animal out of the wild, but you can’t take the wild out of the animal.


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