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post #31 of 37
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If I keep in mind that the snake needs to eat, I can feed him live. That is how he lives and I love him and deal with it. I do like rats and, as I said, I was kind to the rat. I've had them as pets before, along with mice and hamsters. But that doesn't mean I feel against animals eating them that are supposed to eat them. I like chickens, I think they're adorable, but I still love to eat chicken.

This is no longer the point of the topic, so I'm done here. Thanks for everyone's opinions!
post #32 of 37
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As would my snake. He has never had anything other than live food and I don't feel he ever should. That is how it is in the wild, it is NATURAL.
You can't fall back on what is "natural". It isn't natural that your snake lives in a tank and has to be given rats from the store because the snake is NOT living in a natural environment.

I am not for or against feeding live prey - I have no animals that require it so I have no oppinion really, I just wanted to point out it has nothing to do with being natural because it isn't natural for your snake to live in a tank and have to rely on a human for food.
post #33 of 37
What live feeders forget is that these are domesticated rats and have been for over 100 years, they are not natural "wild" prey.

All of you are right, you are entitled to your own opinions, even those that support animal cruelty.

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I was kind to the rat
Throwing it in the tub with cats and then in with a ferret, that is in no way kind.

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I like chickens, I think they're adorable, but I still love to eat chicken.
So you eat those live then? You cannot compare what you eat to the way you are choosing to feed your snake, not even remotely the same.

This has gotten way off topic....enough is enough. I think we have all made our points on the subject, even though it was never intended to go there *sigh*
post #34 of 37
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Originally Posted by anita1216 View Post
What live feeders forget is that these are domesticated rats and have been for over 100 years, they are not natural "wild" prey.

All of you are right, you are entitled to your own opinions, even those that support animal cruelty.



Throwing it in the tub with cats and then in with a ferret, that is in no way kind.



So you eat those live then? You cannot compare what you eat to the way you are choosing to feed your snake, not even remotely the same.

This has gotten way off topic....enough is enough. I think we have all made our points on the subject, even though it was never intended to go there *sigh*
Then why did you take it in this direction, if you wish to call us live feeders as supporting animal cruelty, then perhaps you should open up a thread in IMO so you can get it outta your system instead of posting in a thread where the OP felt bad having the second rat, and wanted to find out about what to do with it.
post #35 of 37
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You can't fall back on what is "natural". It isn't natural that your snake lives in a tank and has to be given rats from the store because the snake is NOT living in a natural environment.
Actually we can fall back on the natural environment.

Not sure this is the right place, but I will explain myself.

Yup, you are right, pet snakes are not living in the natural environment. Which in itself causes one of the most common reasons for a shorter life in snakes. Obesity.

Snakes in the wild, would not be getting food every week or two. They would eat whenever it is available. At home, we feed them on a schedule.... when we feed FT (frozen thawed), we plunk the rodent down in the tank, the snake does really have to move alot, and eats it up. That is one of the reasons snakes become overweight, the other reason is that they are not "exercising" ex. chasing their prey, searching around for food.

Trying to get a fat snake, not fat any more, is quite difficult (fyi), My Rosie is an overweight corn whom I got from a friend who wanted to see her go to a home where she is paid more attention to, and taken out more. Rosie is on a diet, plus exercised regularly.

Anyways, one method of encouraging the snakes to move and use all of their muscles is by feeding live. Snakes are very good at constricting their prey, they actually have to work to get their prey, and constrict it to eat it.

When a snake is fed live it actually helps keep it in shape, which is GOOD for the health of the snake. I would bet that the OP's snake is not overweight at all.

As responsible pet owners, we have to do what we have to do for the health of any of our animals.... whether our pets are snakes, cats, dogs, whatever. We need to do things that keep them healthy.
post #36 of 37
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So you eat those live then? You cannot compare what you eat to the way you are choosing to feed your snake, not even remotely the same.
Nope, generally they are sent to a slaughterhouse first.... you wanna talk inhumane? Check out some of the care the animals we eat are provided with, then slaughtered and not always in the best way.

I love chicken too, and would love to raise, slaughter and eat my own chickens. That way I KNOW, they got the best care possible... were slaughtered in the most humane way.... and are pretty darn tasty. Mmmm, now I want chicken for supper LOL

Seriously tho, we eat already slaughtered animals, snakes can sometimes eat live mice which they slaughter themselves (in a very humane way, unlike the way some of our feeder meat animals are kept) and enjoy there meal.

Similiar but different, as most of us here on the board do not slaughter our own food....although there might be some, and then it would be indeed a fair comparission.
post #37 of 37
Ok Ladies and Gentlemen, it's definitely turning into an IMO thread, so if anyone wants to start a thread in there please feel free to do so, but on that note i'm going to close this one now as it's gone off topic.
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