Originally Posted by yayi
Everybody talks about bans being obstacles to one's freedom and rights, etc. etc. But what about the rights and freedom of the animals?
I don't know about you but when I see these beautiful creatures pacing back and forth in their cages, it bothers me a lot. Yes, the pictures of humans and big cats together are quite awesome but so is a picture of a lion's pride in the savannah or a contented leopard napping up on a tree.
BTW, if one owns an exotic cat as a pet, aren't you required to declaw them?
Ok, you say the rights and freedoms of the animals. What about the rights and freedoms of your own domestic cats????? I for one, don't let my domestics run free outside, so am I cruel for interfering on their right to run free? Lets never forget, that our domestic cats were at one time, wild free running animals. Most of these exotic cats that are kept by private owners, do not come from the wild, they come from captive breeding programs. Most of these so called beautiful images of these cats in the wild, will no longer be in existance in the very near future. The human race has seen to it that we destroy everything wild. In the U.S, I read about it all the time. A cougar wonders into a new subdivision, it has to be removed. Lets see, removed where? People move out of the city to be "in the country", but, they want everything that is associated with living in the country to be removed. Thats stupid. If you don't like having a cougar wonder into your yard, move back to the city. So you see, even left out in the wild, these cats have no freedoms. As was pointed out before, the large cats do not need all this "space" to be happy. They have their territories so they can hunt for food. Just like our domestics, they spend a great deal of time sleeping and lying around. I too, have seen the big cats in a zoo pacing, but their life at a zoo is different, then living with a single owner. All the people walking around gets them excited. Once the zoo closes, the animals settle down. My friends who have the cougars, also have lions, tigers, leopards, wolves and cuyotes. The cats are always content. The cougar's come to you and purr as loud as can be. Getting a nicle big cougar kiss was something I will never forget
The lions roll on their back for belly rubs and beg for your attention if you spend to much time looking at the cougars. The tigers walk up the the cage a greet you with loud friendly "chuffs". The leopards too, are always playful. ( As a side note here, I am not saying that it is easy to care for these animals and not everyone can do it. You must know what you are doing. Again, responsible owners!! ) The only animals there that I did see pace were the wolves. I am not a dog person, so I am not as familiar with their behavior. But, with every domestic dog I have been around, they act the same way, they never seem to settle down. Yes, the images of these cats in the wild is a beautiful thing, but so is the image of one interacting with it's human companion
Speaking of interacting withtheir owner. It is snowing here again, time to take the bobcats out to play
Spotz, thank you for that information