Wildlife Within Our Grasp

by Do234 on January 26, 2015 - 10:22pm

As human beings, we tend to surround ourselves with fondness and affection, as far as it is possible. This is one of the reason why we find 74 million cats and 69.9 million dogs in American households only. But what if this need for love becomes obsessive and starts to threat the welfare of other beings? The topic of owning exotic pets is an open debate in the United States, where 66% of animals’ owners turn out to be individuals, in comparison with 28% and 6% for zoos and circuses respectively. From lemurs, kangaroos, muntjac deers, snakes and alligators, to wolves, bears, tigers and lions, all are subject to spooky desires. Even if we would like to think that us, humans, can domesticate those marvelous creatures and make them companions, the fact is that they belong to the wild. The regular citizen has no knowledge of how to take care of a big cat. How could someone provide them with open spaces? They have to lock them up in cages, even though most owners have the noblest intentions. Although they may seem docile as cubs, they can be pretty dangerous as adults. Here’s what happened at Zanesville in 2011 when a man opened the cages of all his 49 animals after killing himself: all of them got killed by the town’s public safety. Licenses are now required in Ohio since this incident, but legislation is different in each state.

As citizens of the world, we should fight against ownership at all costs for personal entertainment. Because we cannot remove all animals from their owners right away, the best idea for the moment would be to provide help to the households in need, the ones that don’t have any resources left for their animals. Provide wider cages and better food before animals are transferred to accredited sanctuaries would be a good beginning. Thereafter, it will be time for us to sensitize the population to animals’ fate in order to guide them towards more informed choices about ownership, indeed, but also in their everyday life. But ultimately, I think talking is one of the best way to spread a message coming from the bottom of our heart: the protection of our wildlife. Don’t shut your eyes and open your mouth.


Slater, Lauren. "Wild Obsession: The perilous attraction of owning exotic pets." National Geographic 225.4 (2014): 137. Print. Jan 25.

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