When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

8/13/11

Exotic Pet Ownership - dangerous and immoral

If you know anyone who is considering getting a wild animal for a "pet", or already has one, then make them think very hard about their choices. Only a rare few people have proper space and funds to provide proper care for their animals. The proponents of exotic pet ownership all claim that mistreatment is rare, and it is not their fault that a few are inadequately caring for their pets. Actually, the "few" are the many- the majority. Considering the inherent cruelty in how these animals are treated, as well as the looming danger of keeping such animals, it is only logical that this crazy hobby be outlawed. But a few people can make a lot of noise, and with any special interest -no matter how immoral- it has lobbyists and activists to help insure the truth is obfuscated.

There are estimated to be around 20,000 wild cats being kept as "pets" in this country. There are mainly tigers (7,000) and lions and hybrids (10,000), but also include leopards, jaguars, cougars, cheetahs, servals, lynx, ocelots, and others. Estimates are probably very much on the low side, since many people do not license or register their animals with authorities, nor do they put them on public display.

Most are neglected, abused, or just not contained securely. Even a mountain lion can jump straight up 18 feet, and make horizontal leaps of 40 feet. Many people also place their 600 pound tigers or 1,000 pound tigon hybrids in common dog kennels. Some don't even bother to put tops on these cages. These cats are rarely caged securely, and their treatment is almost never adequate. See this video of two tigers that are kept in an unlocked cage in Missouri. I contacted the local sheriff about the public danger of this, and was curtly informed that no laws are being broken. Quote from his email: " We have been in contact with the Conservation Department on this issue and researched the law. The only law we could find on the books is they have to report that they have those kind of animals in the county to the Sheriffs Office. They have complied with that law."  Perhaps after they escape and kill some people or cattle, then public safety will be addressed.

See this aggregative site listing exotic cat attacks. You will see how common they really are, contrary to what the abuse hobbyists will tell you. Their videos of playful tiger cubs and so on are intentionally deceptive. These animals get older, and eventually attack their owners at random times, with rare exceptions. Remember Siegfried and Roy? One of their lifelong highly trained pet tigers tore into one of their throats onstage without warning one night. (One of so many possible examples.) But can you blame them?[another good example here.]

It is common to hear complaints about super-max prisons that place humans in 5X8 foot cells 23 hours a day for years on end. Imagine doing this to animals 3 to 10 times our size: how do they like it? Especially when it is instinctive for them to roam hundreds of miles per day. These animals go insane from the confinement and as soon as a chance occurs, they will explode into what they always were: WILD animals!

This blogger firmly believes that it is immoral and unnatural to confine or control any wild animal. Unless a pet is a species that is already domesticated completely and therefore dependent upon human care, then there is no valid excuse to possess any other kind of animal. Dominion, as mentioned in Genesis, means responsibility for and stewardship, according to bible scholars; it does not mean dominate just because it is a similar word. Please consult a dictionary if you don't understand this. Since this is mainly an American fad, and most Americans claim to be Christians, this bore mentioning. They seem to put on their blinders when it comes to Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 "man hath no pre-eminence over a beast" in a nutshell. More completely and in modern English it says:  " I also thought: 'As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so does the other. All have the same spirit; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?' "

Further, the argument of preserving a species via confinement and breeding is fallacious at best. Taking them form the wild to establish a captive sample population is absurd. It is unnatural and removes the final barrier to the environment wreckers to get what they want. The environment will surely be destroyed more and more in direct proportion to these captive breeders operating capacities. It is a simpler and better idea to preserve the environment so the animals can live in it safely in the wild. This logic escapes the animal breeders.

While a few operations of this sort may be spacious, healthy, and respectful to their animals, they are few. And the few , while fighting for the legal continuation of their exotic hobby, are paving a path for the majority who do not properly care for these animals. It is a sad, vicious cycle, with the animals and the environment coming out as losers. 


see also:
AWA: animals weep aroundus
(and check links at the end of that post)

WATCH:
Elephant in the Living Room 


(c) james platt

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