When I want to know how others perceive animals, I need look no further than Pinterest.
When I explore the Animals section, I feel sad.
There are tons of pics of cute puppies and kittens, many of which include comments like, “OMG! WANT!” It’s the same comment I see on the pics of shoes and cute outfits.
There are the dog cookie recipes. The funny memes.
And then there are the breeder posts.
I ran across one this week from a breeder of foxes. The post stated that these animals are like having a lap cat.
Such posts infuriate me. First of all, I don’t get how it is in 2013 we still allow this practice to be legal ANYWHERE in the US. And yet, despite the massacre of exotics in Ohio in 2011, we continue to allow all manner of animals who are not domesticated to be bred and sold with impunity.
You can buy a fox, a racoon, a skunk, big cat, or even a wolf. If you want to see what’s available where you live, simply Google it. I Googled exotic animals for sale in Florida and just about any animal you could name can be bought.
Ironic, isn’t it? We won’t lift a finger to save the natural habitat for these animals, but we’ll drop big bucks to an unethical breeder of these animals to “own” one.
Won’t you join my Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge? Is it so much to ask that you make a small change in your life to facilitate a big change in ours?