Exotic Pets

Canada
May 19, 2007 2:46am CST
On the news here earlier this week there was a story abotu a man whose girl friend was killed by his pet tiger. The tiger swatted at her and was able to slice her in the thight and she bled to death her kids watched this happen. Thsi happened in Bridge lake B.C. Do you think people should be allowed to keep large animals like tigers, Lions and such as pets? Waht would you do if you knew your neighbor had a grizzly bear or some other large animal for a pet?
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@mummymo (23707)
19 May 07
I think this is ok if some one has the room and the ability to look after an animal of this nature! They would have to have plenty of securely enclosed space and the ability to ensure that the animal as well as anyone who came to the property could be safe and also the knowledge of the animals needs that it could be kept healthy both mentally and physically! I don't know how I would feel if I lived beside someone with this type of pet but I know it wouldn't be possible where I live now! xxx
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• Canada
20 May 07
Yes that is true but once a wild animal always a wild animal look at how may zoo keepers adn workers have been attacked over the years, and all the safe gaurds they have in place for them now too.
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@mummymo (23707)
20 May 07
That is so true huggie! I think that it is so sad when people choose to keep these animals and they are then allowed to injure or kill either their owners or someone else and are then killed! It is not the animals fault after all but the owners!
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• Canada
21 May 07
Just seen it on th enews where another one was loose in the cowachin valley on vancouver island wouldn't that jsut freak out a jogger.
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@all4ucnc (861)
• United States
19 May 07
I think it's crazy, I happen to know a guy who has a bear for a pet. Not personally of coarse, but he lives about 5 miles before my brother-in-laws house, My kids think it's the coolest thing ever. Because he walks his bear on a leash, as if it were a dog, and we have spotted this a few times on our way to visit the family. CRAZY!!! you honestly think he can manage that bear with a leash? freaks me out everytime I see it.
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• Canada
19 May 07
That a guy just asking for trouble if that bear ever decided to do soemthing that guy has no chance at all
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@mummymo (23707)
19 May 07
I don't know if they were known in America but years ago here in the uk there was a wrestler called Andy Robbins who used to wrestle with his pet bear Hercules! They lived about 10 miles out of town where Andy had a country pub - I used to love going to visit and play with Hercules but was always warned that although he was ok to play with and he had fun never to approach another wild animal!
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• United States
13 Jun 07
I love animals, and big cats like lions, tigers, panthers, etc. are my favorite animals. And if they could be trusted like the average pet dog I would have a ton of them! But they are more wild than anyone can imagine, even pet ones. It's their natural instinct...it doens't make them bad but it makes them dangerous. So I would not have one. But if my neighbor had a pet like that I would not complain, I wouldn't move, I wouldn't do anything. I might actually go over and see it every once and I while. I love them! But I would always be extra cautious around them, watch for behaivor that says they are going to attack...maybe only pet them through their cages.
• Canada
13 Jun 07
Yup they are even houose cats adn dogs when left to fend for them selves revert back to being wild but the larger animals shoudl eb left wild you are not gonna change their instict
@teleios (738)
• Philippines
11 Jun 07
i don't think we should be allowed to keep wild animals as pets. i've seen stories of children being killed or maimed by their or the neighbors' wild pet. wild animals should stay wild. having them caged up is not good for them, nor for us.
• Canada
13 Jun 07
Yup that is why they are called wild animals i have never seen soemone have a moose or an elk as a pet liek soempeopel have horses. why do they choose the one that are dangerous.
@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
25 May 07
When I was a kid, I've always wanted a tiger for a pet. I just thought the cubs were so cute. Well, as I was growing up, I've heard about all those horror stories of exotic pets and how you can never really domesticate. And I thought, I just wouldn't take that chance. Give me my dog, anytime. LOL.
• Canada
30 May 07
True and even dogs have been knowen to go wild if not treated right.
@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
24 May 07
Well I think unless you can provide a large and suitable habitat then it should not be allowed. I mean tigers dont belong in your livingroom people. Some say caging an animal in a zoo is bad but I think they provide very nicely for the animals. So unless you own a zoo or something stick to house cats please.
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• Canada
25 May 07
part of the problem is there are no cage size requirements for these large animals just they must be able to stand up adn walk a bit and that they are kept clean the simple things i agree Zoo is the place for them not in the backyard.
• United States
22 May 07
I do not believe people should be able to have these kinds of animals as pets because they can kill you. These animals are meant to be out in the wild so they tend to act like they are. If my neighbor had a grizzly bear then I would be moving.
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• Canada
23 May 07
yup i found out the guy a few doors down from me has a couple of python that are almost or are 20 feet long they should be in the jungle or a zoo as far as i am concerned.
• United States
21 May 07
i would turn my neighbor in if he had a grizzly or some other wild animal. It's against the law to have a wild animal like that unless you have a special permit but in order to get the permit,you have to have knowledge of how to handle wild animals plus enough space for the animal to move around freely.I do hear of people getting hurt by wild pets but they bring it on themselves. These animals don't belong as someone's pet.they don't call them wild for nothing
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• Canada
22 May 07
Unfortunatly there are no laws in north america that really say you cannot casue if you buy one from a breeder who willing to sell you oen you do not need the permits as the parents are considered domesticated alredy adn the second generation now qualifies as such. here in canada you do not need any permits to get one.
• United States
19 May 07
so he had a total of 5 big cats....wow...it was only a matter of time really. i guess they did not realize that big cats can get very territorial. so if ANY of these cats were males...yah...i think if a person is board certified and KNOWS how to handle them,care for them...and does not live close to other people...it would be okay. i mean everything in life is awin-lose situation...they just happened to lose.
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• Canada
20 May 07
Yes with wild animals i think it is more break even, lose a little or loose a lot.
• United States
22 May 07
I think there are very few people who should be allowed to house such animals. There are instances when it's needed, whether they are for entertainment (show biz) or rescue, but they have to be kept in the right environment and the owners have to be trained. I've often wondered how some of these people are allowed to keep exotic animals, especially large dangerous ones. What is the purpose, other then for their own pleasure to say they have something most others will never have access to? We have zoos for a reason. Animal rescue places are generally on huge amounts of land and the animals allowed to spend their final days in an area where they themselves cannot be hurt and the chances of them hurting others are slim. To bring these types of animals into our cities and around humans is simply asking for trouble if you ask me.
• United States
20 May 07
I'd report it if my neighbor had a large animal like that! They are putting everyone at risk. Could you imagine if that tiger got out and killed someone else? That is just awful!
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
19 May 07
I totally do not think that people should have exotic animals for pets. These are wild animals that are not meant to be tamed. They are not domesticated by any stretch of the imagination. It is only a matter of time before something will go dreadfully wrong. cheers,
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@Stiletto (4584)
19 May 07
I don't think people should be allowed to keep such animals as pets, not just because of the obvious safety issues but it's just not fair to the animal. These animals needs can't possibly be met if they're kept as a domestic pet or even in a zoo. They are wild animals and should be respected as such. The same applies to monkeys and other smaller animals too. As for what if my neighbour got hold of one - well, even though I live in a flat (apartment) nothing would surprise me with my neighbours but I would certainly be calling the appropriate authorities about it!
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