Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Exotic pets are destroying the Everglades
I've never thought that owning as pets, otherwise wild predators is a good idea. These people who have giant snakes, tigers, lions, and other assorted reptiles and carnivores as pretend domesticated pets are idiots. Besides the fact that the animal is just biding his time until the owner gives him a chance to kill him or somebody else for dinner, when they get bored with the animal, they set them loose outside to wreak havoc on the eco-system.
Burmese Pythons are thought to number in the tens of thousands in Florida's Everglades alone, where they thrive by killing and eating an alarming number of indigenous animals including the Florida panther, possum, bobcat, raccoon, and white-tailed deer.
It'll only take a few more years and most of these medium-sized mammals will be gone from the Everglades altogether and the impact of that sized loss of entire species from an ecosystem could be devastating. This is one of those instances where I think the government should outlaw the private ownership of these exotic animals as pets and punish severely those who turn them loose outside.
If you own an exotic pet, either let it eat you or kill it, but don't turn it loose where it doesn't belong.