Originally Posted by Jen
Ok guys, I got to thinkin about it and it must be heavy for the poor cockroach to be carrying around jewels on its back all the time. I don't know about the glue that is used either. I do like cockroaches though and think they are very interesting pets. I guess it is kind of like my snakes, I have taken them places with me before, they just hang out there around my neck. I would never even think about putting jewels on them though. I guess I feel like a bit of an ass to have said that I thought it was a "cool" idea, maybe an interesting one, but I didn't consider the weight of those decorations. I think it is kind of like people who put clothing and ridiculous things like that on their animals. More for show then anything as most dogs don't need clothing for warmth. It isn't perminent though like jewels on a cockroach. I guess it isn't too bright of an idea, I still don't know about the chain to attach it to your clothes, I think of it more as a safety thing rather then a cruel thing. The way they go about attaching it is another story, I have not clue, but if there was a way to get a little collar around it and have a tiny chain attached to that, that would be kind of neat. I don't that is possible though.
PLUS it is still a living thing that needs to be cared for. I bet a lot of people don't take that into consideration when they buy one of these things. Like oh what I gotta buy this thing food and a terrarium and etc etc....??
I guess overall it isn't a good idea now that I have really thought about it.
Sorry, I didn't know it would spark such a debate hehe. I figured most people would say ewwww.
don't feel bad, i can see how at first it might seem okay, especially if you like cockraches but like you said, the jewels would have to be heavy and uncomfortable.
plus, out of all the people who buy them how many would actually care for them like you would? i'm sure they wouldn't care if it was squashed.
if there was a way to make it totally humane and only people who would care for them properly as pets could buy one then yeah, that wouldn't be so bad.
i guess there is just something nasty about a living thing being used as a fashion statment while it's still alive and that's all it would be to most people, not a pet.