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The pending Ohio ban on exotics

Hi guys,

Somebody on a forum asked if somebody could write them a blog entry about the pending Ohio ban on exotics.  I wrote one and have decided to post it here as well.  Also, I reccommend you visit her blog, as she has tons of awesome information on keeping exotics;

http://www.thepetfox.net/

Here is the entry;

“Hello everybody,

I am not normally the blogger for this page but it has been requested that somebody write a post on a subject that is very close to my; the blog owner’s; and the rest of a large community’s, hearts. Earlier this summer, HSUS made an agreement with the farm bureau and Governor Strickland of Ohio on some regulations that would be passed. Included in this agreement was the prohibition of the acquisition of exotic animals. Effectively, Ohio, which has long been a state of freedom for exotic animal owners, was going to do away with that freedom without giving any warning or time for opposition. It was an extremely underhanded deal. HSUS failed to pass their last bill banning exotic animal ownership because of our community and so now they’re trying to slip it in without giving us time to react.

Perhaps a good thing to explain now; is how animal rights groups like HSUS work, and what their true objectives are. They want owning any animal to be banned. The reason they aren’t taking on the whole pet owners community is because they are cunning. They know that there is no way that they would be able to take on a group so large and win so they resort to following an old proverb; divide and conquer. They pick out the minority group and go after them; in this case, the exotic animal owners. The thing is, because those groups use bullying and intimidation tactics, the rest of the pet owners are nervous that they will have their pets taken away and therefore are more willing to agree with the AR groups in the hopes that they and their pets are left alone. The groups know this and use it to ostracise the minority group until it’s easy to take away their rights. This also ensures that once other groups are being targeted, the groups before them will not help them due to the fact that they were not helped when they were targets.

MAKE NO MISTAKE; AR GROUPS WILL EVENTUALLY GO AFTER EVERY PET OWNER. DO NOT LET YOURSELF GET SUCKED INTO THEIR MANIPULATION. BAND TOGETHER!

For those of you who are not already involved in the exotic animal community, here are some statistics to chew on. Approximately one person a year dies from a captive big cat attack, and one from captive venomous and non-venomous snake attacks(Deaths from other captive exotics are so small that they are not statistically significant). Approximately thirty three people die from dog attacks each year. Approximately sixty two people die from skydiving every year. These statistics illustrate two very big double standards. If thirty three people die from dog attacks every year, yet owning a dog is still perfectly acceptable, how does it make any logical sense to ban exotic animal ownership because of two deaths a year? And don’t try to use the ‘well, there are more dogs kept than exotics so the numbers pan out’ argument. That is a very flawed argument. You see, that argument assumes that as the numbers of captive exotics grows, so too will the number of deaths. Life does not work in perfect mathematical fashion like that. Yes, the number of deaths COULD grow, but they could also stay the same, or even reduce for all we know. So essentially, your argument is based on imaginary numbers. I’m pretty sure that politicians will agree that they want to base legislation on REAL numbers, not imaginary ones, and the real numbers tell us that more people die from dog attacks than exotic attacks.

The second huge double standard revolves around the fact that owning exotics is considered a hobby by a lot of people. You know what else is a hobby? Skydiving. Look back up at the statistics for deaths that come from skydiving; sixty two! Yet, nobody is calling out to ban that. Why is it that it is socially acceptable for a person to decide to skydive, fully knowing the risks, yet is not for a person to decide to own an exotic pet, fully knowing the risks. Well, I suppose you could say that not all prospective exotic pet owners know the risks, but I’m pretty sure I could say that about skydiving too. In fact, while it can be said that some people should not own exotic pets, the same could be say about dog owners and their dogs, and even parents and their children. The point is, people need to think about exotic pet ownership in the same light as similar hobbies, instead of singling it out, because that just leads to double standards and hypocrisy.

Last of all, I’ll leave you with this; exotic pet ownership is not a public safety issue as the AR groups would lead you to believe. If you search out the details of the twenty captive big cat attacks that have happened in the last twenty years (you can check this out at rexano.org), you’ll see that all twenty deaths were people that had voluntarily put themselves in that situation. Not one of them was a bystander.

-Daine”

So, I hope this has educated some of you who are not aware of the trials faced by exotic animal owners.

-Daine

Kevin Richardson and other stuff

Okay, I did my third exam today so decided to take some time to post a blog entry.

A month or so ago, I stumbled on an amazing video on youtube.  It’s actually a clip from a news show.

Intrigued, I searched out all the other videos on youtube about him.  You have to mention lion in the search box because apparently there’s a Kevin Richardson who used to be part of the Backstreet Boys.  Anyway, this person is a truly incredible individual and the relationships he has with the lions are awe inspring.  Probably the clip that reveals the most about how strong his relationships with the lions and lionesses are is this one;

Like the speaker said, lionesses are extremely protective of their cubs so the fact that one offered her cub to Kevin speaks volumes about her relationship with him.

After ferreting out all the clips I could find, I discovered that he had written a book with someone else; basically an autobiography of his life with the lions and how he came to start working with them.  As soon as I could, Iwent to the local Chapters and bought it.  It was fantastic!  Such an enjoyable read.  He had little individual stories for each of the different animals he’s formed relationships with.  The only thing I would say was a bit of a downside to the book was that it hopped along the timeline rather than following it chronologically.  One story would lead into another story which came years after, which would lead to another story years before and it could get a bit confusing sometimes.  That’s my only complaint though and it’s technical.  The actual story content is awesome, I had to fight to make myself put it down so that I could study for midterms.

I have looked through all the courses available to me through my animal biology major and I have decided to take the two animal behaviour courses available, largely because Kevin’s work has reall piqued my interest.  I have also been interested in psychology for a while so this is a good way to tie it into what I’m doing.  Kevin Richardson has been a great inspiration to me and I hope to sometime be able to do something like he is doing, that would definitely be my dream.  Even if not professionally,  I now know that I can hope to acheive a relationship like that with any exotic animals I decide to raise.  Believe me, I know what it’ll take and I am willing to put it in.  I could go on right now about how raising an exotic animal and raising a child might not be all that different but I’m going to leave that for a future post as it will be rather lengthy.

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On to the other stuff I mentioned.  I found a youtube clip I love and think you’ll like too;

I thought I’d put that as your humour source since I’m too exhausted to put up a quote from “How to be a Canadian”.  I probably will in future posts though.  Until next time.

– Daine