My friend just sent me this website: http://www.justiceforwilbur.co.uk/Ju...bur_/Home.html
Very sad, it's a shame people take on these exotic animals without any idea of how to care for them, do you think a change needs to be made in the law?
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- Thread Starter
- 09-08-2009 15:48
- 09-08-2009 15:53
- 09-08-2009 15:56
Did you not know that a two year old child was recently killed by an exotic snake?
Surely a better example of why the law should be changed, no?
- 09-08-2009 22:15
It is astounding that after all these years, still nobody has bothered to iron out laws to make them all or at least mostly consistent. It would be the easiest job on the list for a prime minister (or whoever it is that makes such proposals >_> ).
- 12-08-2009 18:43
The law should not be changed.
This is a very unfortunate incident, and the python should never have been left unsupervised outside - that is totally irresponsible of the owners and not in the interest of the snake either, however do the vast majority of python keepers have a brain? The answer is yes they do, and would 99.9% of Python keepers never leave such an animal outside unattended - the answer to that is yes too.
How many cats do you think are killed every year, month, week, day by dogs in the UK. I have no idea of the figure, but I'll assure you the answer is quite a lot relative to snakes. Infact, Dogs are the number 1 killer in the pet trade, and there are currently more reptiles in the UK than dogs. Are there plans for dogs to be added to the "Dangerous Wild Animals" list? The answer is no.
Pythons make absoloutely fantastic pets, the majority are small and there are only a small handful of constrictors that get up the size that this Burmese Python was. They are low maintenance, interesting, hypoallergenic, do not require long walks, do not smell like a mammalian pet and can be regarded as "living art" or "investment animals" in some cases. A python is not the fluffy animal that grows to love it's owner, they are kept by people interested in the natural world who want to own one for the interest of it, not for loving companionship.
It is very hard to convince the average member of the public not to sign Wilbur's petition and instead learn to accept that pythons are great captives, and there are millions of people in Britain that are very passionate about them, breed them for colour and pattern mutations, and that this is an unfortunate incident that was entirely the fault of the snake's owners.
Pythons are simply not dangerous enough to warrant the same licensing of tigers and elephants, there are many hobbiests in Britain who's main past time in life is based around these creatures and very few species reach a length where they are capable of harming a child - certainly not an adult.
People are killed by ladders, killed by glue, killed by cows, killed by dogs, even killed by lynx deoderant and none of these things will ever be strictly licensed. The UK is one of the countries that prides itself on freedom, and the majority of keepers are responsible individuals. We should not allow one accident as a result of some irresponsible people pass a law which would totally devistate the reptile hobby and community in the UK.
- 14-08-2009 20:02
I ate Wilbur. Sorry.