Americas Most Dangerous Exotic Pets and Exotic Pet Owners is airing in the UK but not available on TV in the U.S. yet. The BBC really did an excellent job of showing what life in captivity is really like for wild cats, bears and primates in the U.S.
If you think about every question you would want to ask of an exotic animal breeder/ dealer/ owner, they ask it in this show and get some scary answers.
Big Cats make BAD pets because male or female, neutered or not, they all spray bucket loads of urine to mark their territory. There is no way to prevent them from doing this natural behavior that they use to mark many square miles of territory; and that means they are built to pee all day.
Pound for pound, big cats are 12 times stronger than a man, so when they have contact with people, even in play, the results are often tragic. Big cats grow fast and quickly become the hard wired killers they were designed to be. After the novelty of owning a big cat wears off and you no longer want it, nobody will take your big cat. You’ll be left with an animal you can’t get rid of that costs you thousands of dollars each year to properly maintain.
It’s just not fair to the cat either. They were meant to roam free, choose their own mates and make their own choices. Life in a house or a cage is like living in a jail cell for a crime they didn’t commit.
If people just Say NO to buying exotic cats as pets, then abusers won’t be breeding them for lives of confinement and deprivation.
Tell your member of Congress to StopBigCatAbuse.com
Far From The Forests Of The Night was a feature article of Natural History magazine detailing America’s privately-owned tiger crisis and debunking the claims of exhibitors. It contains lot of good quotes from experts about how “captivity does not equal domesticity” and how privately-owned tigers “should not be used as an excuse for complacency about the need to conserve a natural, native habitat for their wild-dwelling brethren.”