What makes an animal a pet and why are people claiming they are not pets?
A deconstruction of the ridiculous CBC documentary, highlighting the dangers of exotic pet ownership.
Clearing up some rampant misinformation about exotic pets perpetuated by animal rights groups and ignorance.
Here are the unadulterated facts about Chuck McGrady's exotic animal/pet ban proposed for the entire state of North Carolina. Immediate action is requested.
All about pet exotic canines, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and more.
Pets and zoo animals as slaves or prisoners? Projecting the human emotional state upon animals is not necessarily in line with optimal animal welfare.
Why you shouldn't give your dogs antlers, raw bones, and other hard materials.
Do dental chews for dogs really clean their teeth? My experiment to find the best commercial dental bone. Raw bones are also tested.
Exotic Pet Statistics | Lion, Tiger, and Big Cat Attacks and Fatalities in the United States (1990-2014)
The final, irrefutable truth about exotic cat incidences in the United States. Are big cats in captivity a threat to public safety?
Domesticated and wild or exotic animals are not as different as you might think. Why saying "wild animals are dangerous" is completely illogical.
Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER | Dr. Susan Kelleher Disparages her Clients at Broward Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital
The new Nat Geo Wild program features an exotic pet vet in Deerfield Beach Fl who regularly derides exotic pet ownership and then collects their pay check. Florida exotic pet owners, find a new vet.
Blackfish induced criticism against SeaWorld, zoos, and keepers of captive wild animals debunked.
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The proper way to regulate dangerous and exotic animals.
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What exotic pet is right for me? This article will discuss a few 'good' exotic pets to own, and what that actually means.
A book review of Justin Gregg's Are Dolphins Really Smart and how it relates to ethics, animal rights, and science, both good and bad.
A discussion about where to buy iguana cages commercially and the most appropriate designs.
What makes us human? Are there any unique traits to Homo sapiens that do not exist, in any extent, in animals?
How dangerous or severe can the attacks of domesticated cats become? Do cats attack unprovoked?
A list of laughable mistakes in news reporting media involving exotic pets or so-called escaped wild animals. Mistaken identities, erroneous claims about animal behavior, and more.
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A list of the top 10 animals that should be adopted, not purchased at pet stores or breeders, due to overpopulation and/or lack of qualified homes.
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Pets that have an average life expectancy of approximately no more than five years, plus some common misconceptions about them and not-so-short lived animals.
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What are the best arguments for preserving the rights of people to own exotic pets privately?
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Captive wild animal attacks often make the news. Find out which exotic pets kept in private homes are the most dangerous.
What do we learn from visiting zoos? Is it ethical to have zoos for education?
What animals can live in 5 and 10 gallon tanks? This article will provide some ideas for these aquarium sizes, both common and unique.
Was it ethical for the Copenhagen Zoo to euthanize Marius, a two-year old giraffe, due to lack of space for conservation efforts?
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A list of current invasive species that have resulted from the trade of exotic, or non-domesticated pet trade.
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Profiles of the small and medium-sized exotic or wild cats that are sometimes kept as pets in the United States.
Tanked is a show that gives Animal Planet good ratings, but what message is it sending? I will review the show as well as its potential negative impacts on the aquarium hobby.
Why do people put down wild animals in captivity while being perfectly fine with domesticated animals in human control? Are domesticated animals really that different from exotic animals?
Do animals have better intelligence, more compassion, more environmental awareness, or more spirituality than humans, and other ridiculous claims that people make? Are humans horrible animals?
My review of the hit anti-Seaworld documentary Blackfish, and some thoughts about zoos and captivity in general.
Interesting facts about the care of a meerkat as a pet.
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Exploring the phenomenon of people thinking animals are "sad" in zoos because of the expression on their faces. Can you read an animal's mind by looking at it?
Visitor information for the New York Metro Reptile Show located in White Plains at the Westchester County Center and updated show dates.
Salmonella, monkey pox, tuberculosis, and Herpes B? Learn about exotic pet diseases, your likelihood of getting one and if exotic pets should be banned due to the claims of the zoonosis threat.
Learn about desirable unique pets that are unfortunately illegal in the US. The most sought after Exotic Pets include Meerkats, Slow lorises, Cheetahs, and others.
Information about white servals, where they currently reside, how they were produced and the controversy about their owners.
A summary of exotic pet laws and discussion on which states prohibit the private possession of specific exotic animal species, including monkeys, tigers, raccoons, birds, wolves, and others.
Reptaid is a health-aiding supplement that can be a life saver for captive reptiles and amphibians.
How to teach children/preschoolers/toddlers about zoo animals before and while attending zoos and aquariums.
An analysis of the trailer for the documentary Blackfish and the commentary presented about Seaworld and the captivity of orca whales.
A care sheet for the pet sloth. Can you buy a sloth as an exotic pet? Are they easy to care for?
Quick and easy recipe! Learn how to make a birthday celebration cake for your pet cat with healthy coconut flour.
Exotic pets for beginners: a discussion and list of unusual, interesting, unique, or alternative pets that are easy to care for.
Why do people keep cheetahs as pets? Honest information about pet cheetah care, misconceptions, and interesting facts about them.
A descriptive list of some of the most harmless animal species that are ludicrously banned as pets in New York City.
Analyzing the lack of skepticism and common sense regarding the intelligence of dolphins and humans.
Justin Bieber and Kirstie Alley have both recently received criticism for their exotic pets. Should they or anyone else keep monkeys and other wild animals as pets?
The answer to the question: why does someone need to own an exotic pet? Why can't they just get a cat or dog?
After a fatal lion mauling at the Fresno-based Big Cat Haven Animal Park, people are searching for answers, even though they are and should be obvious.
Coconut flour hosts many nutritional benefits for pets and humans. It's perfect for homemade dog treats and more.
The special interest group Alley Cat Allies are denialism specialists. They have called the latest Smithsonian research "junk science" because it does not conform to their wishful thinking.
This hub addresses the minimal rabies threat that exotic/wild animals pose in the domestic setting in the United States such as in zoos, private pet ownership, and various educational exhibits.
Out of the many types of animals being kept as pets in the United States, domesticated cats take the prize of being the biggest threat to the environment as a carnivorous, invasive species.
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Here are 10 exotic pets that are not dangerous, despite the claims of some.
Summarizing the intelligence of dolphins and whales, and addressing some of the arguments that they are non-human persons deserving of human rights.
Keeping cetacean species in captivity is controversial. Some activists claim dolphins cannot be kept in captivity because of their intelligence. I believe that basic husbandry needs to be improved.
How to care for bobcats as private pets and what to expect.
Where to buy paintings that were created by non-humans such as great apes, elephants, and others.
Important information for prospective zookeepers and others interested in animal-related work who may be considering volunteering at the popular Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, Florida.
Attractions like Discovery Cove, which offer encounters with dolphins are a very popular tourism draw. Yet recently at SeaWorld, a little girl was filmed being bitten by one of the animals. Should interacting or playing...
The nonhuman rights project (NhRP) is a legal organization that has filed its first lawsuit on behalf of a chimpanzee. Why we shouldn't ignore this and why we should make our legislation more clear.
The Seattle Times has released a report stating that zoos are "failing in their efforts" to produce a self-sustaining population of captive elephants, among other overblown and hyperbolic attacks.
A zoo you were planning on visiting or a person who you've learned of is listed on an 'animal abuse' website. Does this mean that they've been convicted of animal cruelty?
After the late Steve Irwin was accused of animal exploitation and even fueling the exotic pet trade, Bindi Irwin is now under fire for becoming an Ambassador for SeaWorld.
Healthy holiday meal ideas for pets, including recipes for pet-friendly cranberry sauce and sweet potato or pumpkin pie.
Are exotic animals being kept as pets dangerous and a threat to public safety? Here are the real, irrefutable statistics to challenge the dogma.
This article provides a reality check on the nearly universally loved and worshiped cetacean species.
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A discussion about the feasibility of keeping the Finding Nemo characters' species in a real aquarium. Find out more about the fish that the popular movie made famous.
The public's rising sensitivity to dolphins in zoos is a convenient outlet for animal rights groups to sneak in their animal liberation agenda. Are captive animals better off dead than in captivity?
Is it cruel to keep dogs as pets? Many people believe it wrong to keep wild/exotic animals as pets or in captivity, and this satirical (or is it?) article will explore dogs with the same logic.
Some of my thoughts on the recent news of Lady Gaga being caught by Peta wearing fur, her attempt to explain it, and how fur is 100% ethically indefensible.
How should you respond to people who think your pets are ethically unacceptable because they aren't domesticated?
Is the Tiger Tug at Busch Gardens in Florida fun enrichment for the animals or cruelty?
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The truth about giving coconut oil to pets.
Feeding a natural, raw or BARF diet to dogs and cats seems to be common sense, so why would some owners and vets not be partial to the idea?
The Dangerous Wild Animal Bill in Ohio has been passed as a result of the Zanesville, Ohio Massacre. What 'wild'/'exotic' animals are now banned in the state as pets?
This is a serious guide for inquiring minds about the responsible ownership of big cats. Obviously, it isn't for everyone, but with financial means and experience, it can be done (if it is legal).
The prolonged battle for Tony, a tiger at a Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, is still underway. Where should the home for Tony be? Should he stay at the truck stop that he has spent his whole life, or should he be...
A discussion on offering canned whole prey such as insects, fish, and crustaceans for pet keepers. This article discusses the benefits and potential issues of using can o worms, crickets, and others.
A general beginner's guide to the most cold hardy palms for planting in USDA zone 5, 6, and 7 gardens, and how one can expect the plant to perform after a complete winter.
Avoid factory farms, and find dog and cat foods that use sustainably-raised methods with humane or free-range farm animal care. Also included, vegetarian or grass-fed.
Is Big Cat Rescue a crusader for captive big cats, or may there be two sides to this story? Read interesting information about BCR's founder Carole Baskin and more.
Exotic pet ownership has come under fire across North America. Here are some headlines that illustrate the problems with the rules and laws conceived to regulate the"threat" of alternative animals.
Giving away free puppies (or kittens), in parking lots, Walmarts, and other venues is a great to land pets in ill-prepared, inadequate, and sometimes even abusive homes.
The popular Animal Planet series features the shocking deaths of exotic pet owners. The 'attractions' that audiences have to these shows are often 'fatal' for the pursuits of alternative pet owners.
Why exotic pet bans make no sense and only exist out of fear of the unique.
One of the biggest conflicts facing animals in the pet trade is the promotion and indiscriminate sales of high maintenance exotic animal species.
The story of the Guzoo Animal Farm and its surrounding controversy. Is the criticism toward Alberta's largest private zoo justified? Here are objective reasons why I think they are.
This article exists to dispel the myth that animals need, or should be fed live food for optimum nutrition and psychological wellness.
My experiences with the care of my first small-spotted genet, and general information for people interested in acquiring or learning about their maintenance in captivity.
When people say "wild animals are not pets", which animals are they referring to? What is an exotic or wild pet? It is a much broader category than most people realize.