Veterinarian's plans for big-cat refu...

Veterinarian's plans for big-cat refuge await Kasich decision

There are 14 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Feb 22, 2011, titled Veterinarian's plans for big-cat refuge await Kasich decision. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

Dr. James Galvin, a semiretired veterinarian, touches the paw of Dudley, the second of two tigers he has brought to his 120 acres in Athens County.

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fiery buddha

Columbus, OH

#1 Feb 22, 2011
this guy should be allowed his sanctuary if he incorporates as a 501(c)(3). seems fair if that's the law. and the article reads as if he's very caring and responsible.
Juan

Columbus, OH

#2 Feb 22, 2011
This is crazy, we have tigers owned by nutjobs in this State? And how degrading is it for the animals to live in a cage as an exibit for visitors to view and tease. These poor poor animals should be put out of thier misery immediately, before they are abused any more, or worse, before they escape and eat someone.
Really

Columbus, OH

#3 Feb 22, 2011
Juan wrote:
This is crazy, we have tigers owned by nutjobs in this State? And how degrading is it for the animals to live in a cage as an exibit for visitors to view and tease. These poor poor animals should be put out of thier misery immediately, before they are abused any more, or worse, before they escape and eat someone.
Ever been to the zoo?
AnimalWelfare200 7

Bensalem, PA

#4 Feb 22, 2011
unfortunately, he thinks he has found a way of owning these animals, if the temp ban becomes a law. Just because he is a vet?
AnimalWelfare200 7

Bensalem, PA

#5 Feb 22, 2011
Juan - ever been to a state run zoo? and you are speaking of murdering them? think of it this way, the reason why the animals are caged, is NOT to protect the public from them, but it is to protect them from people like you.
Veronica Dickey from Ohio

Akron, OH

#6 Feb 22, 2011
Because of the places that breed and sale exotics for big bucks, there are many big cats and other exotic animals in desperate need of sanctuary. Go see the documentary, "The Elephant in the Living Room," and you will be shocked by the enormous problem we have with exotics throughout Ohio! I live only 30 miles from the largest exotic animal auction held in Ohio's Amish Country of Mount Hope, where an African Buffer Viper, the most poisonous snake in the world was purchased. Pretty scary!

What this kind veterinarian wants to do is open a sanctuary where homeless big cats can live out their lives safely with proper housing, feed and veterianarin care, a wonderful idea that a wise Governor Kasich will embrace! Dr. Galvin will not be breeding these animals, he is not going to make a profit off of them, he is merely providing a safe haven of humane housing until the animals die a natural death of old age. What Dr. Galvin is proposing is the exact opposite of the many places that currently exist and have created Ohio's exotic animal problem due to their greed! Such a place is the Mt. Hope Exotics Auction that needs to be permanently shut down.

So if you are a current non-profit sanctuary who safely houses and properly cares for a variety of exotics that you do not breed for profit, like the wonderful Noah's Lost Ark in Canfield, Ohio or if you wish to establish a new non-profit sanctuary for exotics like Dr. Galvin, than the new law that Governor Kasich will wisely make permanent, should not impact these benevolent non-profits.
Jeff

Columbus, OH

#7 Feb 22, 2011
Veronica Dickey from Ohio wrote:
Because of the places that breed and sale exotics for big bucks, there are many big cats and other exotic animals in desperate need of sanctuary. Go see the documentary, "The Elephant in the Living Room," and you will be shocked by the enormous problem we have with exotics throughout Ohio! I live only 30 miles from the largest exotic animal auction held in Ohio's Amish Country of Mount Hope, where an African Buffer Viper, the most poisonous snake in the world was purchased. Pretty scary!
What this kind veterinarian wants to do is open a sanctuary where homeless big cats can live out their lives safely with proper housing, feed and veterianarin care, a wonderful idea that a wise Governor Kasich will embrace! Dr. Galvin will not be breeding these animals, he is not going to make a profit off of them, he is merely providing a safe haven of humane housing until the animals die a natural death of old age. What Dr. Galvin is proposing is the exact opposite of the many places that currently exist and have created Ohio's exotic animal problem due to their greed! Such a place is the Mt. Hope Exotics Auction that needs to be permanently shut down.
So if you are a current non-profit sanctuary who safely houses and properly cares for a variety of exotics that you do not breed for profit, like the wonderful Noah's Lost Ark in Canfield, Ohio or if you wish to establish a new non-profit sanctuary for exotics like Dr. Galvin, than the new law that Governor Kasich will wisely make permanent, should not impact these benevolent non-profits.
Key phrase in your message is "wise Governmor Kasich". There isn't one of those.
Erin

Columbus, OH

#8 Feb 22, 2011
Let them live in the wild where they belong! All humans do is destroy this earth. Its sad.
Ellen Mens

Perrysburg, OH

#9 Feb 22, 2011
Dr. Galvin took Dudley because he was ill, and the owner did not want him anymore. He is well and alive now, thanks to Jim. Boomer is a friend and playmate fo Dudley. He is not going to show them or make money from them; he is simply a caring and honest man who truly loves animals of all kinds and wants to give back to animals that might otherwise suffer a cruel fate. Even being in the wild is not what it used to be, and Dr. Galvin is providing the best care for abused and unwanted cats. Before you make rash comments, you should meet him and get to know him and his plans.
howrad

Amelia, OH

#11 Feb 22, 2011
The state needs to stop this thing. Vinton County is having a problem with wild hogs that were suppose to stay on a farm and they got loose and there lies the problem, they get loose.
Veronica

Akron, OH

#12 Feb 22, 2011
Erin I agree that wild animals should remain wild. Exotics taken directly from the wild or bred in captivity for profit is wrong on so many levels. But once an animal has been raised by humans, they can no longer survive in the wild and thus the huge dilemma of what to do with these animals-there are literally thousands of them throughout Ohio! Dr. Galvin's plan, is already ahead of most, because he is a licensed veterinarian and can use his knowledge to care properly and safely with these big cats.

So Erin let us focus on the right people, those breeding and trading animals for profit! A good first start would be the Mount Hope Exotics Auction in Ohio's Amish Country.
Veronica

Akron, OH

#13 Feb 22, 2011
Howard I can understand your concerns about the big cats getting loose, but honestly if the set-up is done correctly the first time,(such a set-up is extensive and if you knew the details, believe me you would feel safe) cats getting loose simply doesn't happen. With an experienced veterinarian in charge, he will do everything with precision and most likely above code. People who own a single lion or tiger as a personal pet, or are breeding animals for profit (they may cut corners to save money) these are the people that should greatly concern you!

Google two sanctuaries: Big Cat Sanctuary in Tampa. Florida and Noah's Lost Ark in Canfield, Ohio. Check out their set-ups and have them address your concern about cats getting out.
howrad

Amelia, OH

#15 Feb 22, 2011
Veronica wrote:
Howard I can understand your concerns about the big cats getting loose, but honestly if the set-up is done correctly the first time,(such a set-up is extensive and if you knew the details, believe me you would feel safe) cats getting loose simply doesn't happen. With an experienced veterinarian in charge, he will do everything with precision and most likely above code. People who own a single lion or tiger as a personal pet, or are breeding animals for profit (they may cut corners to save money) these are the people that should greatly concern you!
Google two sanctuaries: Big Cat Sanctuary in Tampa. Florida and Noah's Lost Ark in Canfield, Ohio. Check out their set-ups and have them address your concern about cats getting out.
Send to FLA. There are wild hogs making a mess in Vinton County were to be held are a hunting reserve and they got loose. Animals do that. "The best laid plans", you following me here?
ABlackwell

United States

#16 Feb 23, 2011
I would like to see these animals returned to the wild and exotic animal selling/owning banned. If we can't return them to their natural habitat, I support this vet's efforts to give them a better quality of life for the situation that they are in now. At least he is taking positive action...good luck Dr.!

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