On my other blog, I posted this last year….
Of course, domesticated animals such as dogs and cats have been bred specifically for that purpose….They would have a hard time foraging in the wild and have had centuries of pet life in their DNA.
A bigger problem is the keeping of wild animals, exotic animals as evidenced by the recent mauling of a woman by a pet chimpanzee….Of course, the owner of the chimp is a clearly mentally unbalanced woman who slept and bathed with her primate.
But I would argue there is no sane reason to keep an animal like a monkey or a large or poisonous snake or a tarantula or a scorpion….Some people even apply to keep an animal like a tiger.
These animals were not meant to be kept as pets….They are hazardous both to their owners and to neighbors if they escape….They were not meant to be kept in suburban tract homes….Of course, there are those people who are rich enough to afford better conditions for these animals but who would let an animal like a lion suffer the fate of ending up in some foul private zoo like Michael Jackson’s Neverland?
Again, what is the purpose here?….Is this freedom?....It is not overly restrictive to demand a nation’s citizenry not keep dangerous animals.
Currently in Florida, animal control and environmental officials are battling a growing feral boa constrictor population that is decimating local populations of birds, small mammals, reptiles….The origin of the introduction of these large snakes into the wild was through them originally being pets….The famous photo a few years ago of a snake that blew up while eating an alligator was one of these.
There is a growing lack of community among humanity, a growing selfishness and a growing isolation from the affect of an individual’s actions, this is just another example….The causes of this societal dislocation (especially in America)and the greater negative affects if they continue is another blog entry.
I think lawmakers should act now and ban all exotic pets not specifically bred for being a pet and/or a danger to humanity as well as the ecosystem if they were to escape.