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永远不要买玉米蛇:6个理由让滑过宠物商店

作为“宠物”的最常见类型的蛇之一是玉米蛇,他们在宠物交易中很受欢迎,因为它们不是很大,它们是高度可用的,而且他们被认为是相对温和的。这些害羞的蛇都是原产于美国东部的原产,但他们的人口正在下降,部分原因是爬行动物经销商将它们从家里屈服并销售它们以保存在坦克中。

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如果你正在考虑为您的孩子买玉米蛇,请阅读这六种好理由而不是年代年代年代Kip宠物商店:

1. The pet trade causes immense suffering.

作为“宠物”出售的蛇来自美国全球市场(USGES)这样的地方,该地方是全国最大的全球异国动物供应商,在PETA调查它的宠物贸易。williams hill 官网它甚至与供应商有联系Petcoand PetSmart. PETA found that USGE confined tens of thousands of animals in its facility and employed only a few staff members to “care” for them. Many of the snakes there had been removed from their natural homes and shipped from all over the world to USGE, where they were often kept in containers the size of shoeboxes. PETA documented that snakes died from untreated illnesses, infections, or injuries and that many experienced seizures. Their living conditions were severely crowded and filthy, and they were denied basic necessities, including food, heat, adequate space, and even water. Workers put hundreds of snakes in a freezer and left them to die.

Such suffering is common in the pet trade. During a PETA investigation into another supplier, a California dealer called Global Captive Breeders, snakes and other reptiles were so neglected that workers didn’t even notice when they had died. Enclosures that were little more than plastic containers were filled with rotting carcasses teeming with maggots.

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Global Captive Breeders was full of snakes, such as this one, who struggled to breathe.

2. No terrarium could ever compare to a snake’s home in nature.

玉米蛇年代like to climb trees and slither around on the ground, but they are very cautious and often hide in underground burrows or beneath logs, rocks, or debris during the day. But they can’t engage in these natural types of behavior inside cramped glass tanks like the barren ones sold in pet stores, where they’re kept in solitary confinement.

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3. Snakes are not “starter pets.” They’re not “pets” at all.

宠物将市场蛇作为“初学者伴侣”或“年代tarter pets,” but taking proper care of a snake is nearly impossible and very expensive. They can thrive with a fluorescent light that emits low amounts of UVB, a heat pad that’s on 24/7, specific temperatures and humidity levels, precise diets and feeding schedules, and lots of space. In one survey, veterinarians estimated that the needs of nearly half of the exotic “pets” (including snakes) they examined weren’t being met.

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如果你的孩子想要用动物伴侣搂抱怎么办?蛇不是为了工作。他们是警惕的动物,他们不喜欢被拘留,抚摸或传递。这对他们来说是强大的,让他们面临疾病和伤害的风险,因为他们不能屈服或哭泣,因此难以告诉他们何时受伤。据估计,超过一百万只蛇被认为是美国的“宠物”,专家认为,超过70%的蛇和其他异国动物死亡before他们甚至到达商店!一项研究发现,75%的“宠物”爬行动物,包括蛇,在一年内死于他们的自然预期寿命。

4. Buying small animals to feed a snake supports the cruel pet trade, even if you adopt a snake.

Kind kids know thatit’s never OK to buy animals from breeders and pet stores, but even if you adopt a snake, there’s no getting around the fact that they eat rats, mice, and other small animals who are typically bought from pet stores. Multiple PETA investigations into Petco and PetSmart suppliers uncovered horrors, including that live rats were stuffed into plastic bags and put in a freezer, where they were left to suffocate and freeze to death slowly—even as some frantically tried to claw their way out. Many of these animals were later sold as food for snakes and other reptiles.

5. A snake can make your child very sick, and vice versa.

Salmonella, which can result in blood poisoning, and other bacteria that can cause disease in humans are commonly found in snakes and other reptiles. Snakes can pass along pathogens that cause botulism (which can lead to paralysis and death), campylobacteriosis (bowel infection), trichinellosis (muscle, nervous system, heart, and lungs disease), and leptospirosis (liver disease). These diseases can result in diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, or life-threatening conditions.

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玉米蛇也会受苦。囚禁可以使它们容易受到传染性口炎(口腐),内外寄生虫,皮肤感染,腹泻,呼吸困难,嗜睡,肿胀或排出的眼睛和鼻子,反流,呕吐,减肥和呼吸疾病。您的家庭可能不会注意到症状,导致蛇在疼痛中萎靡不振,治疗可能相当昂贵。

6. Snakes have feelings and rights.

想象一下,被迫在坦克内花在短于你身体长度短的坦克里面。当Snakes被这种方式限制时,他们受苦了。就像人类和其他动物一样,他们需要能够延伸到他们的全长 - 以最小的最小值 - 他们需要精神刺激,运动和空间来移动。

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动物是能够形成有意义的关系,彼此形成有意义的关系,并具有思想,偏好,记忆和解决问题。让孩子的愿望“拥有”以上动物的自由需求的蛇是物种主义者。每只动物都有权免于人类剥削。需要允许动物领导遇到的所有需求的实现,这意味着没有被保存为“宠物”。

You Can Help Snakes and Other Reptiles

Never buy a snake or any other animal from a pet store, a breeder, websites like Craigslist, or anywhere else. Ask friends and family not to support this deadly industry, either.

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