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Banning exotic pets doesn't help them - it kills them!

Every person who drives a motor vehicle subjects themselves and their family to a risk three times greater then does someone who owns even a large exotic cat such as a tiger.

Exotic cat ownership is already regulated on federal, state, and local levels.

Banning does not stop cruelty - the most horiffic recent exotic cat abuse case took place in California, where exotic pet ownership is strictly prohibited.

Animal rights groups are pushing bills that ban keeping exotic pets - but allow fur farms to breed and slaughter them. These groups care about their agendas - not animals!









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Should exotic cats be legal? Absolutely. The current lobby to outlaw people's exotic pets is fueled by miconceptions and special interests. The truth is that banning exotic animals results in pets being seized from their loving owners. Sometimes these animals are destroyed; the more fortunate are placed in sanctuaries to live out their lives in cages, causing a huge strain on the nations' limited sanctuary space. How would you feel if your family pet was outlawed? Please think for yourself and learn the real facts in the articles below.

If Exotic Pets are Banned.... they will be killed, or if they're really lucky, spend the rest of their lives in cages. Read More....

Are Servals and Other Exotic Cats a Threat to Public Safety? The answer is no. Read this article to find out why you should fear your family members, your pet dog, and your childhood pony more than your neighbor's lion. Read more....

Why Do You Want to Own an Exotic Cat? Some people have difficulty understanding why one would want to own an exotic cat. Read More....

Media Influence on Public Perception of Exotic Cat Owners No, I'm not bashing the media. But it is neccessary to take a serious look at the role it plays in forming our (mis)conceptions of the world we live in, especially concerning something as newsworthy as exotic cats. Read More....

What Happens When Exotic Pets Are Banned The heartbreaking story of a serval seized from his home. Read More....

Private Ownership and Animal Welfare Some argue that because some exotic pets are abused or neglected, everyone should be forbidden from having them. Fair enough....now apply that line of reasoning to your pet! Read on for a more balanced perspective. Read More....

A Ban Bill Hits Home One morning I found that a bill banning exotic cats was being considered in MY state. Now it's personal....and your pet could be next. Read More....

The Constitutional and Human Rights of Exotic Animal Owners Please take the time to read this thoughtful, intelligent, and well researched article, which explores the interwoven concepts of liberty, happiness, and our connection to nature in the context of our relationships with big cats. Read or print article....

Science and Law vs. Animal Rights Hype The follow-up to "The Constitutional and Human Rights of Exotic Animal Owners," this article is a must read for reasons why exotic pets should not be banned. Learn the truth behind Animal Rights hype! Read or print article....

Why Keep Big Cats? Tim Stoffel explores our need to connect with animals and why some people are only fulfilled by loving a big cat, rather that the typical domestic pet. Read article....

Behind the Scenes of a Ban Bill There must be logical, realistic reasons for sponsoring a bill to ban exotic cat ownership, right? Dream on - this insider view shows just how idiotic the process can be. Read More....

Private Ownership and Conservation Issues Responsible private ownership of exotic animals can actually further conservation efforts. Read More....

UNIQUE CHALLENGES IN THE CAPTIVE PROPAGATION OF ENDANGERED FELIDS by James Godsmark, B.A., B.Sc This paper highlights the importance of private breeders in the struggle to save wild felines from extinction. Read More....

One Viewpoint on Private Ownership of Exotic Cats John K. Babb explains why he feels exotic cat ownership should be legal. Read More....

Private Ownership and Conservation Issues Responsible private ownership of exotic animals can actually further conservation efforts. Read More....

People Speak Out in Support of Exotic Pet Ownership Many people email me supporting the right of private citizens to own exotic cats. Read More.....

The FCF Answers Concerns over Private Ownership of Wildlife Very logical rebuttals to the most common concerns regarding private ownership. Read More....

Model Regulations for Private Ownership While banning exotic pets can be disasterous, having reasonable regulations in place to ensure responsible ownership can be beneficial. Most states already regulate exotic cat ownership, but if your state is considering adopting or revising such regulations, the Feline Conservation Federation offers model regulations that are both practical and reasonable. Read More....

The Feline Conservation Federation Speaks Out on Why Bans Don't Work Read the FCF's stance on why private ownership of exotic cats should not be outlawed. Read More....

Read the tragic stories of those fighting to keep their beloved exotic pets.

The Fight to Save Akula

Gizmo's Story

Save Sandy's Animals Sandy Reynolds, a USDA licensed owner, had a number of exotic animals seized by the Pa Game Commission due to alledged permit violations. One of her animals, a wallaby, died shortly after the confiscation. A judge ruled in her favor and she was found not guilty on all charges, but she is still fighting to have the confiscated animals returned.

LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY

Phoenix Exotics Working to protect and maintain the rights of private ownership through responsible behavior.

Exotic Pet Owners Uniting (EPOU) E.P.O.U. is a group of private owners, educators and individuals that believe it is our right to own any animal when done so responsibly.

National Exotic Owners and Pet Owners Association A proactive organization promoting responsible animal ownership and working to fight unreasonable legislation.

National Alternative Pet Association

Animal Rights.net Animalrights.net has roughly 2,000 critical articles discussing and exposing the animal rights movment.

AnimalScam.com The truth about PETA and other animal-rights organizations.

ActivistCash.com An eye-opening look at PETA.

National Animal Interest Alliance If you love animals and treasure the human-animal bond but oppose animal rights extremism, look at this site.

7 Things You Don't Know About PETA

The Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) SAOVA's members study political candidates in all states to identify those who understand and resist the AR threat as well as those who are in the pocket of the Animal Rightists. Read before you vote! This may prove somewhat controversial depending on your stance on hunting, but I will provide it for your information.

FATALITY AND INJURY STATISTICS

These websites provide statistics on the risks of death and/or injury from a wide variety of causes. A quick look at these will put the so-called "danger" of exotic pets into perspective.

Statistic Sheet from Exotic Pet Owners Uniting Compares the rates or injury and fatality from exotic animals to other hazards.

National Safety Council Odds of dying from various causes.

Bureau of Justice Statistics. Firearm Injury and Death from Crime, 1993-1997.

CDC WISQARS WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data.

FireSafety.gov Statistics and reports on fire deaths.

United Justice Death Statistics Comparison includes stats on car accidents, flu, murder, airline crashes, lightning, and anthrax.

ISAF 2004 Worldwide Shark Attack Summary Shark attack statistics.

Relative Risk of Shark Attacks Compares the likelyhood of death or injury by shark versus injury or death from a allegator attack, tornado, lightning strike, toilet-bowl product, human-bite, etc.

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