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I was going to title is large exotics but that doesn't really cover what I'm talking about.
What is your opinion on people keeping the non conventional (conventional meaning ferrets, chinchilla, rabbit, parrot, lizard, snake etc) exotics as pets? For example, tigers, lions, bobcats, skunks, monkeys, foxes, coyotes, wolves, etc etc etc.
I feel strongly about this. I think lions, tigers, monkeys.... are wild animals and they are not meant to be anyone's pet. They deserve to be out in the wild and not cooped up in somebody's back yard. JMO
I agree that these types of animals should not be kept in someone's backyard, but if you have the resources to set up some sort of refuge for animals like this, then I don't see anything wrong with something like that.
I believe that with any animal, if you have the means to meet their needs, the knowledge to provide care for the particular animal, and keep in mind that behaviors of certain animals can never be predictable, then more power to you. With some of these animals listed in the previous post, this could mean having TONS of space for the animal to roam, but if you are able to provide that, then I see no problem.
I was afraid this was going to get heated, but it looks like we're all in agreement.
My main issue with it is that people get a lion/bobcat/savanna/monkey/skunk/whatever, and then treat it like a domestic animal. They act like it's a house pet, or even worse, they treat it like a human. They don't keep in mind that this is a wild animal, with wild instincts. The animal doesn't think like a human, or a domestic pet. It isn't fair to them to treat them like something it's not.
I think a lot of the problem is also plain old ignorance and bad judgment.
There are a lot of laws prohibiting them, but interestingly enough, here in Oklahoma animals that are not native do not require a license or regulations of any kind. That includes lions, tigers, monkeys....and people here do own them. Animals that could be native to the area do require a wildlife license and/or license to breed. The owners are required to go through a class, and a gaming warden makes unannounced inspections on a regular basis to ensure the animals are being cared for. I still don't agree with it, but at least if it's regulated maybe the animals are going to be cared for.
Agreed, they should never be treated as a domestic animal, they are meant for the wild. My only exception is when it's some type of refuge for rehabilitation or something like that, but definitely not just throwing up some type of fence in your backyard so the animal can be some type of amusement. If they animal needs human care for some reason and you have the resources to care for them that's one thing, but chaining a wild animal up in your yard because you think it's "cool" is a whole other ballgame and is completely wrong IMO. It's sad that so maybe people want to keep these animals in their homes as some type of novelty or status thing.
It drives me nuts when one of these 'pets' attacks, mauls, kills someone and all over the news we here, why did this pet/animal go off? What caused this to happen? I want to call them up and yell, "hello, these are wild animals!" They will never be predictable.
And the worst part is that generally when things like that happen, the animal is put down because they are "dangerous". The only thing dangerous is the situation that the animal was put in by the people who want to keep them as a pet.
Animals like big cats, medium to large primates and bears should never be kept as pets. They are just too unpredictable and too big for an inexperienced (or even experienced) person to handle. Small mammals like skunks and raccoons don't really bother me as much though I think a class and/or permits should be required. My friend said his mom had a pet skunk for a while. He said it was kind of like a cat; it liked to play, be pet and cuddle and was a really cool pet. Of course I think you should only get one from a breeder and never catch one from the wild .
I think small primates like spider monkeys or lemurs are okay to keep as "pets" as long as you set up their own large, secure, outdoor enclosure where you can observe and interact with them safely and they aren't running around your house. Again I think permits/classes and cage regulations need to be met before a person is allowed to purchase them.