“A person in Cornwall could legally own the same snake which killed a couple of boys in New Brunswick.” A good read on thecornwalldaily.com this morning that made my skin crawl.
If you showed me a snake in a safe environment with someone who knows how to handle it, I’d reluctantly touch it, say “that’s so cool” while clenching my other hand with beads of sweat starting to drip from my forehead. Yeah, I’m not a snake guy – but I respect them, and have learned to somewhat overcome my fears temporarily. On the other hand, in an uncontrolled environment with the same snake… I AM OUT OF THERE! Running with my arms flailing in the most embarrassing way possible.
I’ve learned that people LOVE snakes and cherish them as pets. There is nothing wrong with that…if you are willing to step up and care for them properly and more importantly safely. If you are willing to accept the duties that come with it, then maybe a permit should be required. You are the pets owner, and like with any pet – it’s your responsibility. Keep it fed, keep it healthy, keep it in a safe home where it doesn’t pose a risk to others. It’s called taking care of a pet!
Pet ownership is serious, and there are different degrees of it. Some pets, require more care and attention than others. I have a fish. I feed it, clean its tank and provide him with new decorations. It’s easy and I can manage it. Best of all, it hasn’t yet escaped from it’s tank and killed me. Maybe sarcasm there, but also a point. I’m not ready for the risk of a pet that could. It’s not my comfort level – but there are people that can rise to it. If you can’t accept the responsibilities – get a pet with less, or don’t own one at all.
Think about this – regardless of what kind of pet you own (Even if its not exotic)… if someone said you need a permit to keep it – would your love run deep enough that you would prove it by getting one? Prove that you could care for it and accept all the responsibilities that go with it? Permits or even registering a pet, may not be that bad of an idea.