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originally posted by: intrepid
The problem with wild animals is that few have the resources and knowledge to keep these animals safely, including for animals. Having a tiger seems like a cool thing. It's my fav but don't have the space to keep. The money to feed and the knowledge as to what they need to keep them healthy. If one has the resources and will to keep them healthy fine. If not? Not a good idea.
originally posted by: Akragon
a reply to: Ashirah
I find it rather irresponsible to keep wild animals in captivity in general... the very idea of a zoo makes me ill
Though I do find it amusing that the same people who keep wolves or other vicious critters as pets, then end up getting their arm ripped off always wonder why it happened... and the animal is usually destroyed because of said persons stupidity
there is a reason why we have "domesticated" animals as pets... the wild is bred out of them...
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
originally posted by: Night Star
I know someone who has had wildcats and cares for them wonderfully.
I want a boymonkey as a pet. I hear they are quite fascinating.
I will teach it how to smoke and drink and...
originally posted by: Ashirah
Some recent discussion here in the pets forum has compelled me to create this thread.
What do you think of the act of acquiring wild predators or perpetuating the hybridization of them for the sake of pet ownership? I know there are many people that advocate these things wholeheartedly and those that disagree.
I'm not attacking anyone, just would genuinely like to hear people's reasoning as to why its OK to keep cougars, tigers, wolves, bears etc as pets because I can't personally think of any good reasons myself. Enlighten us that disagree?
originally posted by: DigitalJedi805
a reply to: Ashirah
I'm a fan of ownership of big predators like you're referring to; but in order to own one you must understand what you are dealing with, and how to properly deal with it.
As for Wolves and Hybrids ( seems to be a hot topic the last couple of days ), there is a lot of structure that you must implement to attain cohesion between yourself and the animal. You must also understand that it is very much still a wild animal, and will have tendencies that reflect that, that you may or may not have to combat.
Per other predators, cats and bears; I haven't owned either - but I have to assume that the same principles apply, and unless properly brought-up, you will have problems.
In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with owning such an animal; but it MUST have the proper environment and upbringing. To be a little more thorough with my take on this though; I do disagree with the private ownership of endangered or otherwise limited species.
Any species of the latter sort should be granted asylum in their native regions, and breeding programs should take place in controlled environments - but these environments must limit human interaction and replicate their native environment almost exactly, or we are altering behavior.