Ridiculous right

A call for federal and provincial governments to regulate exotic animals.

I never understood their desire and affection for exotic pets. I instinctively felt it was wrong to keep wild animals caged simply to feed curiosity, ego or stupidity. It never occurred to me it was about the “right” to keep exotic pets.

Now, I’m certainly not an animal rights activist. I eat meat, including the flesh of wild animals. I still fish. I even used to hunt and would have continued carrying a gun if I hadn’t grown tired of getting lost in the bush. And I will take my grandchildren to the zoo to see caged animals of the world.

But keeping large, exotic animals in cages at your home just seems selfish and cruel, an excess of humankind’s ability to dominate the wild.


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