A few posts ago, I mentioned that PSA’s like to draw lines between things that aren’t even on the same page. They’ve compared abortion to horse slaughter, pigs to horses, parakeets to cows. The fuckery is mind-boggling and just when I thought there wasn’t any other bandwagon they could hoist themselves on, to drive home their point they have now taken up the cause of exotic animals. Don’t get me wrong, I think all animals are beautiful and deserve to be treated humanely. Even ones that pose a threat to my horses, such as possums, raccoons and other potential disease carriers deserve humane treatment and yes, I’ve had the pleasure of watching a superstar go down to EPM. I mostly ride English, but I believe live fox-hunting is barbaric, tradition be damned. I’m sure you get my point with this. Let me see if I can somehow connect a jungle cat to the slaughter issue PSA style.
PSAs operate on hyperbole and fear mongering. They want you to believe that in order to live free and realize the American dream, horse slaughter must happen. ANY law that may infringe on their perceived right to be irresponsible and stupid must be struck down. I’m waiting for them to start plastering posters like this everywhere. They love to draw those lines, no matter how crooked they are.
Anyhow, onto this ban on exotic animals. I’m going to go on record as saying I am all for it. I don’t believe that Joe Average Citizen should have a right to own a tiger, lion or chimpanzee. These are not domestic animals and in order to handle them, you better know exactly WTF you are doing. I don’t believe that a ban or proposed ban on private ownership these animals without a license, has a single thing to do with whether they are going to be allowed to eat horses or not. One thing does not lead to another. Guess what else is good about banning private ownership of exotic cats? It will ultimately protect them! It will prevent a situation like what went down in Zanesville, Ohio, where some exotic hoarder lost his shit and turned his menagerie loose resulting in nearly two dozen of them having to be hunted down and killed by local authorities.
Why is it that PSAs get to be experts on every single living creature? I don’t profess to know a lot about exotic cats. I will take the word of an acknowledged expert in these matters though. Tippi Hedren owns the Shambla Preserve near Los Angeles. When she wasn’t getting tormented by birds in Hitchcock movies, she has pretty much devoted her life to big cats and providing sanctuary from them. You know what Tippi thinks of this proposed ban? She’s all for it. Here is a direct quote from her:
“It is the job of the predator to take out any old, sick or lame animal. What quality there makes for a good pet?” she asked. “If you get near its food, it will kill you.”
According to Big Cat Rescue in Florida, 21 people, 5 of them being children, have been killed by big cats since 1990. During that same time frame 246 people have been mauled. Those are pretty serious stats for a pet. I wonder how many house cats and dogs have done the same within that time period? For that matter, how many horses have attacked and killed people like a predator in that same amount of time? So, please tell me what this has to do with horse slaughter.
Chimpanzees are sure cute. I love all primates. We even had a pet monkey when I was a kid. He actually belonged to my grandmother and I still don’t know why she had him or how she ended up with him. You know what else I remember about him? I remember he loved to chuck his turds at us and spent a LOT of time masturbating. I also have a permanent scar on my face from him. Thank God for the wonders of plastic surgery. I could have ended up like Charla Nash. She got her face eaten off by a chimp. A chimp that was raised as a pet by her friend. The photos are far too gruesome to post here, but follow this link should if you’re feeling ghoulish
As for my grandmother’s monkey? He was given to a sanctuary and lived many, many happy years with his own kind just being a monkey. Lesson learned. All that went down many, many moons ago and I’d like to think we’re a lot more enlightened now in general.
Since PSAs don’t get hung up on details it should be noted that nobody is going to come and take your lion, tiger, cheetah or whatever away from you if you’re a responsible citizen. With the proposed legislation, current owners will have until 2014 to obtain a permit and meet the conditions to keep these animals. What’s so bad about that? No, they won’t be allowed to breed outside of zoos and they shouldn’t be. Yes, there will be strict guidelines on how the animal is kept and what sort of facility it is housed in. WTH do people need to breed these animals for unless they are using them for canned hunts or to sell to other inept owners? These are dangerous wild animals that are not native to our geographic location. We sometimes need laws to protect stupid people from harming themselves and others. Kinda like we need drunk driving laws. It still has nothing to do with horse slaughter. It never will, but you keep on drawing those lines. You make it so easy to not take you very seriously….