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  •  I'd rule out letting people have chimpanzees (3+ / 0-)

    and tigers....

    Police were alerted to go to the 21-storey block after Antoine checked into hospital with bites he said were caused by a pit bull.
    When they arrived at the scene, they found a three-to-five-foot-long (1-1.5m) caiman alligator as well.

    Detective Martin Duffy relived for a US TV documentary on the event how the tiger was initially peaceful - but then charged at him.

    "All I saw was his giant head with a mouthful of giant teeth coming at me," he recalled.

    "That's when I was like, 'All right, I'm going to be eaten by a tiger'," he told Animal Planet's Fatal Attraction show.


    Actually, my running buddy has been subjected to so many rants about marijuana he has developed the "tiger Rule": you can have a tiger, but you can't have marijuana....

    Makes all sorts sense, right?

    •  Who could have known? (1+ / 0-)
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      Privatization of tigers appears unwise....

      he purpose of this study was to conduct a global assessment of attacks by captive tigers on people, with particular emphasis on cases in the United States. Our analysis of 30 international media sources and additional documents uncovered 59 unique incidents in 1998–2001 in which people were reportedly injured or killed by captive tigers. In the United States, seven people were reportedly killed and at least 27 were injured—a rate of 1.75 fatal attacks and at least nine nonfatal attacks per year. All but one fatal attack in the United States occurred in situations where tigers were privately owned or held in private facilities.

      Forty-two percent of the victims were classified as visitors, and almost one-quarter of the victims were under the age of 20. These results suggest that the victims underestimated the dangers posed by direct contact with these animals. In this work we review current legislation regarding captive ownership of tigers and other large exotic animals, and contradict claims by those who support private ownership of tigers and other large felids that the risks associated with owning and viewing these animals are insignificant. We conclude that the growing number of people who own tigers and other large exotic animals is cause for concern because of the danger to the animals, the handlers, and the public. The problem of private ownership of dangerous exotic animals has broad implications for tiger and large-carnivore conservation, public health, and animal welfare. We support the regulation of private ownership of dangerous exotic animals, and encourage scientific analysis of this contentious issue.

      You may own a large carnivore, but a certain plant is dangerous..

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