October 23, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Louisiana governor wins second term

 

Baton Rouge, La. – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday easily coasted to a second term, winning in a landslide election after failing to attract any well-known or deep-pocketed opposition.

The 40-year-old Republican overwhelmed nine competitors in the open primary, where a candidate wins the race outright if he or she receives more than 50 percent of the vote. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Jindal had received about 66 percent of the total vote.

His closest competitor, Tara Hollis, a Democrat from north Louisiana, garnered nearly 18 percent of the total vote. All of the other candidates were in single digits.

Reports say neglect rampant at zoo

Zanesville, Ohio – Newly released documents show that the exotic animals caged at a backyard zoo in Ohio suffered abuse and neglect – lacking necessities such as food, water and shade – while the public was repeatedly placed at risk by ramshackle enclosures and animals on the loose.

Lion cages often lacked roofs, leaving “nothing to prevent the animals from … escaping,” and other animals were kept in filthy, cramped pens, according to the reports by the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office. Pens were too close together, causing anxiety for the animals and sometimes injury: One tiger was missing its tail, most likely because an animal in an adjoining cage had ripped or bitten it off.

Moreover, the documents suggest that Ohio law enforcement officials were unable to put a stop to the situation. The state has been criticized by animal rights activists as being too lenient toward owners of exotic and dangerous animals.

Authorities say Terry W. Thompson, owner of the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, threw open the cages and pens holding more than 50 animals, including lions, tigers, grizzly bears, wolves and monkeys, and then killed himself.


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