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This case is a matter which strongly intersects both animal rights and LGBT rights. A man in Ohio is mourning because of the violent murders of his horses by a hateful human being who hated his sexual orientation. Read more from the Zanesville Times-Recorder.

On April 25, Brent Whitehouse of Morgan County, OH was alerted by his dog to an orange light emanating from his barn, ran to the barn to open it, and saw massive flames emanating from the roof. He could not save his seven adult horses and one one-week-old foal from the flames, and they were engulfed by them in less than five minutes. Worse, fire fighters and police officers who arrived at the scene saw that the apparent arsonist had spray-painted "F*GS ARE FREAKS" on the side of the barn, explicitly referring to Whitehouse's sexual orientation. 

The Morgan County sheriff has ruled the incident a case of arson, and Whitehouse's friends are considering the event a hate crime directed against Whitehouse and other LGBT people. 

 These animals did not do anything to hurt anyone, and the owner of the farm is a simple farmer and insurance salesman who apparently did nothing of similar magnitude to warrant the destruction of his property and the killings of his friends. His sexual orientation did not warrant such death and destruction.

Hold the Morgan County Police Department to account. Demand a full and impartial investigation into the murders of these gentle animals and the motivations behind their deaths, and demand that local and state animal and human rights hold the state and local governments to the task until justice has been served to the perpetrator of these hatefully-(mis)directed murders.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Morgan County Police Department
    Tom Jenkins
  • Ohio SPCA
    Ohio SPCA
  • State Fire Marshal
    Larry L. Flowers
  • Ohio State House
  • Ohio State Senate
  • Ohio Governor


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