Originally Posted by lmunsie
IN ANY CASE - amber the bobcat can probably answer this best, but how does one even go about LEGALLY buying or obtaining an 'exotic'. Especially in the case of the chimp, it must be illegal to breed them for pets (God I hope so) and taking them out of the wild is a disgusting thing to do, so UNLESS they are rescued can you even obtain a chimp legally?? (out of interest sake how do you get your cats?...... I imagine it's a bit different?) But a chimp....... I mean really. AND if the government does allow individuals to keep RESCUED chimps (or other like primates and dangerous animals) then it should be strictly regulated and there should be a governing body to oversee HOW they are kept, in a manner where they can still be an animal, so it is much less likely that something like this horrific incident can ever happen. However, good luck convincing the tax payers that is a good idea. I strongly however believe that chimps should live in groups, so you should either have a whole group appropriately maintained, or NONE. Oh course that is specific to chimps who live in families.......
Annnnnnnnnywho.. thats just IMO
First, let me explain something here. I'm not sure how well this woman cared for her chimp or if she had the proper safety measures in place. Once a story like this hits the media, the media puts a huge spin on it and the real truth is never known. In any case, this woman should have had the proper safety measures in place as I and other responsible exotic animal owners do. These safety measures include protecting the animal from the public and the public from the animal. I follow all of the guidlines. At no time, even when my cats are out in their enclosure can people come into contact with my animals. At no time do I ever let anyone handle, pet or interact with my cats other than other experienced owners and the vet.
To answer your question, where do they come from?? They come from breeders and not from the wild, as do my cats. However, I am not sure where this woman in question got her chimp or if in fact, it did come from a breeder. I am not as familiar with primates as I am felines. But, I do know that monkeys that people keep as pets, do come from breeders (in the USA). Most of these breeders are USDA licensed or should be. I do not know of any chimp breeders, but as stated, primates are not my specialty. I do not support aggressive or strict goverment regulations, but what I do support are fair regulations that promote the health and welfare of the animal and protect the innocent
public. If a member of the public breaks the rules of the animal owner, by climbing over fences and barriers, cutting fences or releasing animals, they are at fault and should be dealt with by law. (These are the not so innocent public) I fully support ALL private ownership. However, the owner has the duty to protect the animal and the public. The law should also protect the animal owner from anyone not following the owners rules. Part of the problem too, are the breeders. Just as with domestic animals, some breeders see the animal as a way to make money. (not all, but some) However, with exotic animals, if the person buying has no clue as to the proper care of the animals, accidents can happen. That is why I feel that breeders of exotic animals should require some sort of proof that the owner is legally able to own the animal and that they have the experience with the animal they wish to purchase. This, coupled with fair regulations, would allow RESPONSIBLE
exotic animal ownership to survive.