Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
I'm really torn on this issue.
I firmly believe that large cats belong in the wild and should not be domesticated
This is a little off topic, but I need to ask, why do you feel this way? Just wondering
Just to make things a little clear. These cats, as well as the mjority of exotic cats held by private owners, no longer come from the wild. They are born and raised in captivity. However, these cats are no longer safe out in the wild. Humans are destroying their habitat at an alarming rate. Everytime a human violates a wild cats territory and gets injured, the cat suffers the ultimate fate and is hunted down and destroyed. So, they are not really better off in the wild any more. Of course, we humans also kill them for their fur or just for the thrill of hunting bigs cat. Yes, these cats should be kept alive and thriving out in the wild. But, I also feel it is my right, as well as anyone elses right, to own such cats, as long as you do it responsibly, can provide for the total welfare of the animal and the safety of the public. In the future, if things keep going the way they are, with humans destroying the last remaining wild places, the only place you will be able to see these wonderful cats, is in captivity by private owners. However, if the animal rights groups keep getting their way, by pushing for these stupid ban laws, these cats will go extinct. They will die out in the wild, because there will be no place for them to survive and none of them will exist with private owners. This also means zoos and private breeding facilities. This would be a very sad day indeed!! I can go on, but that is not the topic of this thread. I was just trying to shed a little light on the responsible ownership of exotic/wild cats. I also firmly believe, that if you could experience one day with me, along side these wonderful cats, you would change your mind. There is nothing like waking to the sounds of bobcat talk and having a bobcat strongly bond to you or being hugged, groomed and loved by a purring cougar. Please check out my experiences here on this thread http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76630