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tigger the turtle
05-17-2007, 03:12 PM
Hello everybody,
I was wondering if you could help me with a debate topic at shool,

It is "Exotic animals like leopards, pythons and parrots should not be kept as pets"and I`m agreing with it.
I have a few ideas on why they shouldn`t be kept as pets, and I need some more ideas on it,

Thanks a lot

05-17-2007, 04:56 PM
Well, for starters, it'll probably help if you do mini-biographies on certain species. Like how big they grow, what they eat, what their habits are in the wild, and how that conflicts with improper captivity.

Secondly, here comes a mini link train:

Exotics may be Cute but Shouldn't be Pets (http://www.la-spca.org/dedication/talk/tt_gliders.htm)
Exotics as Pets (http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=edu_resources_exotics)
Should Tigers and Lions Be Kept as Pets? (http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/bigcats/a/bigcatsaspets.htm)
Rescuing the rescued: Good intentions go awry (http://dwb.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/6333145p-5519848c.html)
Too Exotic? (Just push cancel on the pop up and it'll take you right to the page.) (http://www.klsnet.com/2exotic.html)
Kids and Pets (First two paragraphs) (http://www.parenthood.com/articles.html?article_id=5541)
Do Bobcats Make Good Pets? NO! (http://www.csun.edu/~vcpsy00h/students/bobcat.htm)
EXPERTS URGE A STATE BAN ON EXOTIC ANIMALS (http://lists.envirolink.org/pipermail/ar-news/Week-of-Mon-20040405/023290.html)
Exotic Pets Can Be Cute but Deadly (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2715846&page=1)
Tigers Shouldn't Be Pets (http://www.netscape.com/viewstory/2007/05/16/tigers-shouldnt-be-kept-as-pets/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.princegeorgecitizen.com%2Fin dex.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26task%3Dview%26id% 3D74232%26Itemid%3D26&frame=true)
Questions to Ask Before for Buying Exotic Pets (http://exotic-pet-breeder.blogspot.com/2006/12/questions-to-ask-before-for-buying.html)
A list of articles/discussions about Exotic Pets from the Humane Society (http://www.hsus.org/search.jsp?query=Exotic+Pets&x=0&y=0)
Exotic Pets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exotic_pets)
Unloved, neglected, abandoned (Exotic Pet section towards the bottom) (http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/CAMPAIGNS/pet_trade/ALL/629//)
Exotic Animals: Born Free, Sold Out (It's PETA.. but it's still a good article) (http://www.cwapc.org/education/PETA_BornFree_SoldOut.html)
ASPCA: Exotic Animals as Pets (http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=kids_ri_animalsaspets)
Exotic Pet Cruelty (http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/dfiles/file_480.pdf)
Animals often pay price when they become exotic pets (http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0502cns-exotic02-ON.html)
The Exotic Pet Trade (http://www.austinlostpets.com/kidskorner/1September/ExoticPetTrade.htm)
The truth behind the exotic-pet trade (http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/features/179index.shtml)
Exotic Pet Trade Booming in U.S. (http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2006/11/27/exoticpet_ani.html?category=animals&guid=20061127150030)
The Dark Side of the Exotic Pet Trade (http://parkvets.com/petsandvets-exoticpet.html)
Big Cat Rescue (numbers and good info) (http://www.bigcatrescue.org/animal_abuse.htm)

When doing animal debates, I like hitting the ASPCA and Humane Society websites since they do a lot of case work, legal issues, and statistics. I hope the other sites help, as well.

tigger the turtle
05-18-2007, 04:39 PM
i liked the ASPCA site a lot!