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Exotic Animal as Pets

Exotic animals as pets

Everybody likes petting animals and birds and that surely depends on the choice of an individual. Initially, the pets were used to release the workload but the trend has shifted away with the inventions of machines. Nowadays, pets are just pets, in a sense that a person can love it, feed it, and play with it. The most advanced version of petting animals is becoming dangerous as the exotic animals are getting into this category like scorpions, sharks, big cats, and even hissing cockroaches.

Sufferings & Abuses

You may have seen the exotic animals mainly in the circus, aquariums or the gymnastic concerts in which they play their part. Have you ever thought of it why the exotic ones? Well, the main purpose is to entertain the audience, no doubt. The audience knows how dangerous and rare they are, and thus appreciate the performance. The reality is that nobody knows how difficult is for them to live away from their natural environment. They are treated very hard by force and often given too little to eat.

During transportation, many of them die or become weak caused by malnutrition. Rare species of snakes are sometimes wrapped in a DVD covers while some are wrapped in suits to avoid walkthrough detections. For the big ones, the cages are so tight that they can barely turn around. Some exotic animals are so sensitive that they may die if not provided the required environment.

Consideration before exotic pets

The most important fact to keep in mind is that animals are animals. Their wild nature can never be replaced by the desired docile nature that humans prefer, no matter how much the animal is trained. Many cases have been reported that resulted in fatal injuries and often deaths of humans by these animals.

Ignorance is one of the most important factors. No matter how easy is to pet and love an animal, it must be in safe hands. Careless owners can surely make for severe conditions for a pet to survive. It was reported that a teenager provided calcium deficit diet to his cougar cub that resulted in deformation in legs. Sugar gliders die if not given proper socialization and a proper diet.

The low breeding rate is one of the worst cause of extinction of rare species. Pandas and Bengal tigers are near to be extinct due to lack of proper ecosystems. In the case of such pets, it is surely next to an impossible lifestyle to provide.

Lashing out cases are devastating. Many reports have been issued in which tiger tore out an arm of a boy, a pet lion killing dogs and a circus elephant killing the audience. Even the owners and professional trainers are unsafe.

Medication is also quite difficult to provide for the exotic pets. In addition, they carry some deadly diseases such as monkeypox, tularemia, salmonellosis etc. for the past decade, 70000 such cases have been reported.

So now what?

In the light of the discussion, please think twice before attending events that display exotic animals as they are not cooperative in certain situations. Show your love towards them but be aware of the limitations that come with owning an exotic pet.

witnessing animal abuse

What to do if you witness animal abuse

Understanding Abuse

Animal abuse can take many forms, including everything from neglect and failure to provide veterinary care to physical assault. According to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, an animal is in distress if it is:

  • Deprived of adequate food, water, shelter, ventilation, space, care or veterinary treatment
  • Injured, sick, or in pain or suffering
  • Abused or neglected

If you witness any of these things, it’s important to act quickly to prevent any further suffering for the victim.

Reporting It

In the case of an emergency, call 911 and report it to the police. Otherwise, call the Animal Cruelty Reporting Hotline at 1-855-622-7722 (open 7 days a week during business hours). Although some individuals feel more comfortable supplying the information anonymously, providing a testimony in court has the potential to make a huge difference if the case gets that far.

Document Everything

Take note of as much as you can and write it down. The time of day, location, description of the individuals involved, and any photos or video can be extremely helpful in creating a case against an abuser. Always ensure that you are not risking the safety of yourself or the animal when collecting any of this information. Provide as much information as you possibly can.

Prevention

Moving forward, the best thing to do protect other animals from the same situation is prevention. We at the Animal Abuse Defence Registry want to do everything in our power to ensure that convicted individuals don’t have direct access to potential victims.

What’s your story?

Have you ever witnessed animal abuse? What did you do and what happened? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

4 Things to Avoid when Advertising a Pet

1. Never use the word ‘free’ in your advertising

Even if you plan on giving away the animal for free, remember that there are still a lot of costs that come with taking care of an animal. The new owner should be able to afford the basic necessities of life for the animal, including proper nutrition and health care. By using the word ‘free’ in your ads, you could potentially be attracting someone who may not be ready to fully commit financially to caring for the animal.

2. Be careful of the photos you use to show the pet

There are a few things that can really make a difference between a great picture of your pet, and a bad one.

  • Make sure not to show the faces of any people in the photo. Not only should the focus be on the animal, but you also want to protect the identity of anyone who’s photo you use.
  • A large, high-quality photo will do you a lot of good. It’s better to have no image at all, than having an image that is too small or pixelated.
  • Make sure that it’s clear which animal is available for adoption if there is more than one animal in the photo.
  • Keep the background clean and simple
  • The fewer distractions in the photo, the better

What Not to Do

3. Don’t disclose your full name or address in ads

You may feel more comfortable setting up a new email account just for the process of handling the adoption. This will also allow you to keep everything organized and separate from your personal account.

4. Don’t try to guilt people into adopting the animal

Wrong: “If you don’t buy my pet by next week she will be put down!!!! Please stop this terrible thing from happening!!!!”

Remember, you’re looking for the best for this particular animal. Not everyone you meet will get along well with, or be able to care for the animal’s specific needs. It is worth the wait to ensure that the animal goes to a safe and caring forever home, than let it go to just anyone.

Bonus – Use proper grammar in your ads

This means no caps lock! Use proper structure when building your sentences, but still keep your ad straight and to the point.

Preventing Animal Abuse

Why You Should Never Pet a Baby Tiger or Lion

Did you know there are hundreds of places around the world where right now you can pay to pet, hold, bottle feed and even swim with a tiger or lion cub? You’re first reaction to this news might be, “I’d love to hold a baby tiger! Where do I sign up?”

TigerCubThis reaction is exactly what exploitative breeders and exhibitors of cubs are banking on… literally banking on. From South Africa to Thailand, Mexico to the United States, exploiters of big cat cubs have figured out that the naïve public will quickly buy into their scheme of charging people for the chance to hold an exotic animal.

All the exhibitors have to do is lie and claim that the cubs are “educational ambassadors” for wild tigers and lions, or that part of your donation to hold the cub goes to conserving big cats in the wild. These abusers are well versed in telling their lies, and since most people would love to think that their participation is actually helping big cats, people are easily duped. These lies and exploitation also happen with baby bears and primates, but I’ll stick to talking about big cat cubs as that’s my area of knowledge.

So why is petting or holding a cub so wrong?

Baby tigers and lions are absolutely adorable. And without knowing the facts, holding or feeding a tiger or lion cub can seem like a fabulous once-in-a-lifetime experience. But that 10 minutes you spend interacting with a cub can equal a lifetime of abuse for the cat.

“As a result, the vast majority of big cats live in conditions that any compassionate person would view as cruel and inhumane.” -The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

Unscrupulous exhibitors breed and house baby tigers and lions so they can be handled and photographed by paying customers. To facilitate this public handling, the cubs are pulled from the nurturing care of their protective mothers shortly after birth – an inhumane and unhealthy practice that can lead to life-long physical and psychological problems for the cubs and even death. These facilities almost always lie and say the mother rejected the cubs. It’s abuse for the cubs and there is no legitimate reason in the world for these people to be breeding cubs for a lifetime in a cage. It’s cruel and pointless.

So what happens to the once-cute cubs? After the cubs become too big and dangerous for public contact and can no longer be used as money-making photography or play props – which happens in just 3 months – they are often discarded. The cubs have become a very expensive liability for their owners.

Most end up being warehoused at shoddy roadside zoos, at pseudo-sanctuaries, or in the hands of unqualified people. They can even be supplied to places that offer canned hunts or euthanized.

So what is the solution?

How can caring animal lovers stop this horrid chain of events? The single most important action you can take is also extremely easy: Never pay to hold or touch a big cat cub. When the demand to pay to pet cubs stops, so will most of the breeding.

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Big Cat Rescue is part of a national coalition in America working to enact Federal legislation banning the private ownership of big cats and cub petting in America. The Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act is pending in Congress (HR 1998 / S 1381). If you would like more information about the bill, visit www.StopBigCatAbuse.com.

I hope now that you have the facts, you’ll not want to ever pet a big cat. And I hope you’ll even go one step further and become an advocate for these magnificent animals. We are their only voice.

Animal Abuse Defence Registry

Interviewing Potential Adopters

These are generalized questions that may help you sift through the good and bad potential adopters. Remember that it’s your job to find the best home possible for the animal. It has to be the right fit for both parties in order to be a successful adoption, so if you’re feeling uneasy about things, follow your instincts. Let’s get to it!

Have you ever had another pet? What happened to it? Ideally, they will explain how their old pet died of old age, or that it passed away of complications that they did everything in their power to prevent. Anything preventable or along the lines of ‘they ran away’ or ‘we gave it away’ are huge red flags.

Do you have a pet now? If so, how will they get along? Is it up to date on vaccinations? If an existing pet is territorial, likelihood of it welcoming in a new pet is minimal. Also, making sure that the existing pet’s health needs are being taken care of is in the best interest of both the existing pet and the new one.

Who is going to be the owner/taking care of the pet? The person who you are meeting with may be obtaining the pet as a gift to someone else. If the pet isn’t going to either the individual you are meeting with or someone directly in the family (such as parents buying a family pet), please INSIST on meeting with the future owner. Animals should never, ever be given as a surprise gift to someone who isn’t prepared for it.

How do you plan on disciplining the animal? Rubbing their nose in their urine and screaming “bad pet” is not accepted as an effective correction. Many training methods exist, such as group or one-on-one training. An answer you’d like to hear is one that suggests patience and consistency. It is NEVER appropriate to hit, spank, slap, kick, or humiliate a pet. This psychological damage is a result of stupidity on the part of an abusive owner who didn’t know how to house break a pet.

How long will the pet be alone each day? If the owner will be gone from home 8-10 hours a day, they need to also be able to provide appropriate exercise and attention to the animal. Also asking if they vacation often, or are away for multiple days at a time on a regular basis is also a good way to gauge if they are ready to take on a new family member.

What kind of exercise will be animal get each day? How long will they be outside for? Proper exercise and time outside the house is important to both their physical and mental health.

Do you have children? If so, how will they interact with the pet?

Are you financial prepared to take on a new family member? Remember, anyone adopting a pet should be stable enough to provide for the proper diet, exercise and health requirements that the animal comes with.

Tips for individuals adopting out a pet

Health Records

Ensure that the animal is up to date on all of their vaccinations, and are spayed and neutered. Make sure that their veterinarian records are ready to be passed onto the new owner.

Advertising Your Pet

Never use the word ‘free’ in your advertising. Even if you plan on giving it away without cost, you’ll attract a lot of attention from the wrong kind of people. Remember, anyone adopting a pet should be stable enough to provide proper diet, exercise and health requirements that the animal comes with.

Last Resources

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from local shelters, and care societies. If you have to find your animal a new home fast and are having trouble, you can take the pet to these places as a last resort. If you contact them ahead of time, they may be able to include your pet in their advertising for pets available for adoption.

Overall…

When it comes to finding the right home for your animal, trust your gut instincts. If you’re not 100% convinced that you’ve found the perfect fit for both the new owner and the animal, your subconscious is likely picking up subtle hints to cause any uneasy feelings.