The United Kingdom of Great Britain is a sovereign state and is located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe. My principal concern is for the security, comfort, and effectively-being of all the life forms involved – tigers being an intense example of an exotic animal that is exploited and disrespected although at the very same time, human lives are place in danger sometimes without warning.
Conservation is only an problem when the invasive species are not cuddly classic pets, and I’m deathly tired of the ‘argument’ that some exotic pets are released or have escaped into the wild when we have movements to defend feral animals that harm the ecosystem like wild horses.
This episode triggered a stir in the exotic animal advocacy Facebook groups (1 featured exotic pet owner had to demand that they remove fake roaring sounds from the clip of her lion shown in the ads), but the show’s website created the episode inaccessible to Americans so most of us, such as the featured guests, could not see it…until now.
Just as the plaintiffs in Wright and New York City Friends of Ferrets challenged ferret bans, Gerald and Heidi Rhoades asserted that their city’s ordinance prohibiting exotic pets, including their pet serval, caiman, and cougars, violated the equal protection clause.
I can buy that it’s achievable Steve Irwin-esque applications could have increased interest in reptiles, which inadvertently would also lead to an interest in owning them as pets just as viewing lions may lead to interest in visiting Africa to view them.
He rather defends his behavior and continues to milk the ‘fame’ connected with it, which includes appearing in the aforementioned dense Animal Planet series and posting disgusting sexual NSFW videos appearing with his other exotic pet, a sloth, that he also gave away to the same sanctuary (!).