Those two words are used very often when talking about exotic pets especially when the speaker is against them, and I just wanted to discuss them.
When speaking against exotic pets, a statement that is very commonly used is, ‘these animals shoul be in the wild where they would be happy’. Okay…I think people need a reality check. 1) The ‘wild’ is slowly becoming a month due to human encroachment, and 2) Do you know what it’s actualy like living in the wild? It’s not all happy and free like people try and make it sound.
The typical life of an animal in the wild is very short and involves constantly worrying about being able to feed him/herself, constantly looking over his/her shoulder for predators or rivals and then dying a very painful death due to either disease, starvation, or being ripped apart by a predator/rival.
Now compare that to a life where the animal has quite a large enclosure filled with tons of things to keep him/her entertained, doesn’t have to worry about predators, and gets fed and loved regularly; which life do you think that animal would choose, given the choice? If you still think that he/she would choose the wild, then you’ve got yourself extremely deluded.
Now I want to talk about the word ‘tame’ and the word ‘wild’ used as an adjective. I strongly dislike both words and the fact that people think that an animal has to fit in either category. ‘Tame’, I feel, implies servitude to humans, and then when an animal doesn’t want to do something a human has told it to do, it gets labelled as ‘wild’. AR activists always say that ‘oh, an exotic animal is a wild animal and will always be wild’. Well, an exotic won’t just do anything for you because you want him/her to and will lash out if pushed but then again, a domestic cat won’t either, and will probably lash out if pushed as well yet we don’t label them as ‘wild’. The only real difference here is size. Some people think that’s an adequate reason to ban exotics but I say, why should it be a problem? If you respect the animal like you would any other human, and you treat him/her like the companion they are, size shouldn’t be an issue.
Referring to animals as either ‘wild’ or ‘tame’ is both simplistic and shallow in my opinion and I think it’s one of the things we have to get rid of before we can live in harmony with animals.