Exotic pets: HuffPo and I agree for once…almost
Personally, I would not give a fig for any man’s religion whose horse, cat and dog do not feel its benefits. Life in any form is our perpetual responsibility. ~S. Parkes Cadman
I agree with the sentiment here. As much as I dislike more governmental regulation in our lives, exotic animals need to be more strictly regulated.
Mr. White mentions the “common” iguana. What many people who buy an iguana don’t realize is that these are BIG lizards. Huge lizards. They will get five feet long. My cousin had one when he was younger. In various apartments he dedicated entire rooms or even once a large chunk of his living room to the iguana. Like pythons, this is not an animal that should be sold to any idiot off the street. But not only is it sold, it’s occasionally given away as a prize in county fairs. More than a few people in Brenham, Texas, got a surprise when the pet store owner informed them that the innocent little lizard they’d won at the fair was in fact contraband within the city limits. Then he told them how big they get and how strong they are. I don’t know what happened to most of those iguanas. If they’re still alive, they’re probably pretty miserable.
And the more exotic you get, the stricter the screening needs to be for potential owners. Spend some time talking to the folks at Mission: Wolf and they can tell you just how badly you don’t need a wolf for a pet. If I recall correctly, they’ve turned down more than 400 animals.
The majority of people don’t need anything more exotic than a parakeet. Even the larger parrots and macaws are pushing it, as far as I’m concerned. I strongly suggest that people stick with just dogs, cats, and livestock. Some people have trouble with those, even.
The reason for the “almost” qualifier in the post title? This right here:
“We should mourn the fate of these animals. But we should also recognize that those few moments of freedom just before being shot were likely the best moments of their lives.”
The best moments of their lives? Hardly. Those animals were probably scared to death and fleeing for their lives in a place very unfamiliar to them.