If anything exotic animal owners represent hope and future dedication to our society. Did you know how many zoos actually buy exotic animals from private breeders? This is because private breeders have the means to devote to individual species and give them proper care unlike zoos which have limited space. Yet the media shuns these people. In reality animal rights activists want the idea of someone owning and caring for an exotic animal to be a silly dream and never a possibility no matter even if they would do a better job with personal interaction to that animal then a public zoo would. Zoos put these animals on DISPLAY. How are zoos the "only" reasonable place for an animal if not in the wild? Because it makes you feel better inside? Again feelings do not make facts. It will be a sad day when responsible private exotic animal owners become extinct due to bans. Does pushing your beliefs that these animals ONLY belong in the wild where they are often hunted and killed to the point of extinction due to human behaviors really "more right" then them living, thriving in someone's home where they get access to food, water, shelter from severe cold or heat, protection from predators and interaction...and oh my gosh love from an owner that wants to both protect the species in captivity AND in the wild as well as educate the public on them?
If you want to regulate exotic animal enrichment in private hands then shouldn't you also regulate domestic animals? I mean surely keeping a dog in a kennel all day every day while you work is not mentally good for that animal. An animal is an animal no matter the species. This may sound silly as so many people own domestics I mean how could they possibly regulate how people own them in their own private homes right?
So then where is the line drawn and what makes sense and is reasonable in regulation ownership of exotic animals?
I believe in REASONABLE restrictions. Nobody should own a full grown tiger, or elephant etc. in a tiny neighborhood backyard or tiny community apartment. And responsible tiger, elephant etc. owners KNOW this and would never themselves do this plain and simple! They are not crazy like the media continues to portray them they are dedicated and passionate individuals!
I do not believe in outright bans. But I also believe in restrictions that make sense based on facts and the specific species being restricted for concrete reasons that make sense and not on someones personal feelings just because it is not a domestic animal and definitely NOT based on money hungry agendas or lies that the media has the public so convinced on.
November 26, 2012 at 6:20 p.m.
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If you think about it what really is the difference between exotic vs domestic animals? Of course in owning one it is level of care but aren't they all animals with individual specific needs & different behaviors based on each unique animal or species?
Look at the difference between the needs of a husky verse the needs of a yorkie that people tote around in purses & put bows on their head. What about the people who live in apartments with a husky dog? It's very common everywhere you go for large dogs that really have specific drives to live with their owners in apartments, but is that fair to the animal even though it is a domestic dog? Who knows maybe the owner takes it to a dog park every day or maybe it just gets outside for restroom purposes.
If you have an exotic animal so many people immediately view you as you are denying that animal it's "natural right" to live freely in its natural environment and it does not belong in your home. But again what about that husky living in that apartment that never gets to freely run around & exercise basic husky behaviors. Does it belong in an apartment? I think "most" people would say no but they would not be offended by it necessarily or call that owner cruel. Overall it is ok because that animal is "domestic" right therefore the owner OWNS it & as long as its basic needs are met that's what matters to the general public? Yet an exotic animal thriving in private captivity automatically must be cruel and wrong!
My point is people's beliefs & assumptions prevent them from understanding the truth & accepting alternatives. They stereotype instead of opening their mind to the idea that things are not always the way they are "told" in the media. Owning an animal is not right or wrong. Stating so is subjecting your own personal belief & beliefs do not make facts.
People believe "domestic" animals are safe. Yet no animal will ever truly have the same mental capacity of a human and at the end of the day even domestic animals can behave in unpredictable ways. Look at how many dog deaths we have every year. Someone believes it is "safe" to leave their newborn child alone in a room with the family dog and then is shocked when something happens to it yet that same person would not hand that same infant baby to a 5 year old which has a much higher mental capacity then a dog without staying close by for fear that child could drop that newborn. Why is this??
What about domestic bulls....are they safe?
There is a big difference in the care & behaviors between owning domestic vs exotic animals. Just like there is a difference between that yorkie vs that husky. It comes down to the owner education & common sense!
The idea of taking away what makes people passionate & what they have devoted so much of their life and so much time & energy into because someone else who does not own this same animal believes in their mind this is "cruel" is not what are laws are made by.
November 26, 2012 at 6:19 p.m.
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