Originally Posted by blondrebel76
This is supposed to be a santuary for abused neglected exotic animals. I really feel sorry for the poor animals. But my question is why where they all in the same little barn? Something dont sound right here. We have one of these places a few miles from us, and another one in a town just west of here, besides this one. Then there is a "camel farm" a few miles from here also where you can drive through and look at the camels and lamas ect. It seams funny that all these "neglected" exotic animals are all popping up in these safari places all of a sudden. The place near me that i wanna check out they let you pet the tigers and take pictures and its supposed to be really neat. But they wont open until spring time again. Surely not all of these animals have been rescued as they claim?
I doubt these animals were in a little barn, but may have been in a building for the night, this is for their safety. Many places do this, even zoos. Most will move the animals out of exhibit into a building for the night. Want to know why all these animals are showing up? True, some just because a person did not do the proper research before getting such an animal. But, the real reason is many people are losing their rights to keep these animals. A ban law gets passed, without any grandfather clause. Which means, even though someone may have been taking excellent care of their animals, now that the ban law gets passed, they must get rid of it. This is wrong!! In my state, we were faced with such a ban law. Lucky for us, for now that is, we were able to educate our legislators and we stopped this law. Many here on TCS were a great help as well
But, with the extreme animal rights groups, I am sure we will be faced with another ban law. The law I was facing was so bad, that if I could not get rid of my cats, they would have been killed at my expense!!!!
By the way, this law was written and supported by the animal rights group API (Animal Protection Institute). It was supported by other AR groups as well. Yep, that animal rights way of thinking. Better off dead than living with people who love them and care for them properly. As for that place by you that allows you to pet tigers, where is it and what is the name of the place? Are they adult tigers or cubs? If they are a cub over 3 or 6 months of age (I have to look up the exact age), it is ILLEGAL for them to allow you to pet that tiger!! If they are USDA licensed that is, which they need to be, if the are exhibiting to the public.
|It seems people abandon or "lose" exotic animals quite often.
Not true. As stated, most people lose their right to keep their animals do to these stupid ban laws. At times, these so called "dumped or abandoned exotics" are placed there by the AR groups trying to get their agenda passed. Yes, just as with anything, there are some irresponible owners. They need to be educated before making a choice to live with an exotic animal. As for the tiger in California. Had the owner been allowed to own that animal, they wouldn't have needed to go into hiding for fear of getting into trouble.(California is a ban state) It should be pointed out here too, that no one was injured or killed by that tiger and no pets were injured or killed by that tiger. In fact, that tiger had nothing to eat during it's entire time it ran loose. Yes, the owner was stupid. They should have come foward. If any of my big cats would get loose, I would report it, so that if the animal was spotted, I would know where to go to catch him/her. I would also be willing to be fined, for the escape and animal at large, if it was my fault, that the cat got out. (However, this should be true for ALL animal owners, not just exotic animal owners) It is my right to keep these cats, but it is my duty to make sure they do not run free. Of course, I do not live in a city either, where a big cat like a tiger should never be kept. Now, if my enclosure should be damaged by an extremist animal rights person, then I am not responsible for that escape. The person who caused the damage is.
As for these animals killed in that fire, it is a tragedy. I wonder how the fire started. I know they said it was an accident, but when something like this happens, it makes me think of the AR. They have been known to do things like this. But from what I understand, there was no sign of foul play here.