HomeWild Cat SpeciesRusty-spotted catIs it legal to own a rusty-spotted cat?

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Is it legal to own a rusty-spotted cat? — 5 Comments

  1. What makes owning a wild animal immoral or unethical. Your extreme ethnocentric and naturalism is not the same as ethics or morals.

    • I don’t believe that I am extreme. I am in line with PETA for example. I don’t consider them extreme. My argument is this. Humankind is in charge of the planet and doing a very bad job of it. We are in charge of everything on the planet and we live on this planet with millions of wild species. What we do affects them. I argue they have a right to be on this planet and I also argue that humans have a duty to ensure that other animals can express their natural motivations and desires wherever possible just like people. And if we possess wild animals and keep them in cages or confined to the home or a small enclosure, we remove the most important aspect of their life, one which provides them with the most enjoyment: freedom.

      Freedom to roam over a very large areas because wild cats even the small wild cats have home ranges between 10-30 km². The snow leopard can have a range up to 1000 km². If you own a small wild cat like a rusty-spotted cat you must keep them confined and they’re going to be less than content and they will want to escape. You will find that many small wild cats do very badly in zoos. Some don’t breed well or at all and some become ill quite quickly.

      So, owning wild cat species is bad for the species. And people own them for their entertainment. The reason for owning them is a weak one but the downside for the animal is very, very big. For these reasons I say it is unethical. That’s my reasoning or at least part of it. I’m surprised you don’t get it.

    • You’ll need a license and all that entails. I’m pretty sure that owning a rusty-spotted won’t be a success unless you are a rare person with the time, facilities, temperament and money to make it work. Take care. Don’t forget that no matter how cute this little wild cat looks, it is still wild and ferocious when needs be.

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