If you’re a lover of animals, you’ve probably heard the story of Mark “Coon Rippy” Brown of Gallatin, Tennessee. Mr. Brown describes himself as a wildlife rescuer, and his videos of him with former raccoon pal Gunshow and more recent raccoon pal Rebekah made him an internet sensation. He was lined up to star in a reality show with Gunshow just before the animal’s death.
But Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency agents confiscated Rebekah two weeks ago, because it’s against the law to possess wild animals in the state without a special permit, and Mr. Brown doesn’t have one.
Mr. Brown says he rescued Rebekah and has cared for her, and he wants her back. He’s launched a social media campaign, complete with Facebook page and numerous TV and radio interviews. Many people have signed on in support of his efforts.
But I say Rebekah should not be returned to him.
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