So I’ve been following the whole Thompson Exotic Animal Farm thing for the last few days and feel like it’s something I should post about. I’m pretty sure just about everyone has heard about it by now, but for those of you who haven’t, all of the details can be had by looking at any of the local news sites (or national for that matter). I don’t really see a point in rehashing the news ad I wasn’t there so… Now it’s time for my thoughts.
When I first heard about the shooting, my first reaction was anger towards the police. I mean, I’m sure there had to be another way! I kinda figured they just in guns blazing in some sort of fantasy safari-style hunt (yeah…I’m..ummm creative, that’s it!). Well, of course that wasn’t the case. Tranquilizers were used and deemed too unreliable and dangerous. I also realized that I wasn’t actually thinking of the general safety of the community. “To protect and serve” after all. I finally came to realize that the police were only doing their jobs, and actually some of the animals were saved and were transferred to the Columbus Zoo (my home town!). I was happy to hear that as I always was a giant Jack Hanna fan as a child.
I think that in the wake of an event like this, it’s very easy to start throwing blame around. It’s Terry Thompson’s fault! It’s the police’s fault! It’s the government’s fault for not having better regulations! In the end, fault doesn’t matter. It’s an event that happened… a truly truly tragic event, but to dwell on blame only works to darken your own mind. A man died. Innocent animals died. We need to just send out good thoughts to those involved and suffocate any growing animosity with knowledge of the event and deep reflection on the reality of it.
After reading all the news reports on this, I’m left with this one final thought. I better go hug my dog NOW!