The word ‘wildlife’ is the word we hear most often when describing the lives of our animals.
As with any other living creature, they’re subject to a variety of circumstances.
They may be kept indoors or out of sight in a cage, or have been bred to live in captivity.
They’re subject, too, to the same laws that govern humans: they’re not allowed to roam free.
In Canada, we have a list of animal-friendly regulations.
For example, you can’t leave your dog outside in the dark in the winter, or put him in a box on the street.
The laws are different when it comes to exotic pets.
They must be kept in their homes, but that’s where the line begins.
Some people, including a couple who bought a pet, argue that exotic pets are worth the risk.
“I want to make sure that I keep my animal,” says the woman in the video above.
“If I can get my dog outside and they’re in a crate, they should be allowed to walk.”
The owner, who wished to remain anonymous, says that she was concerned about the safety of her pet.
“It was just too risky for my two-year-old and her two dogs,” she says.
She’s not alone in her concern.
“The vast majority of people are not happy with the way that we handle the situation with exotic pets,” says Jennifer Bielak, a Vancouver-based pet owner and founder of Paddle Wild, an online pet-care company.
“We’re constantly looking for solutions and we’re looking for more and more creative ways to get the message across.”
But there are also concerns that some exotic pets can cause undue harm.
In May, a man in New Jersey was charged with the murder of his pet leopard, which he said was suffering from a “severe case of the disease,” which means the animal had lost its natural coat and fur.
The charges against the man were later dropped, and he was sentenced to three years in prison.
In July, a Canadian couple, who were visiting their three-year old Labrador retriever, were killed by a wild animal, which had apparently been using their dog as a “cage” to store it for its own use.
(The dog was eventually euthanized.)
In the case of Pippa, a Siberian Husky who died of a heart attack while on the streets of the city of Winnipeg, the owners say they had no idea that the animal was living in their backyard.
“They were just going about their normal business, having fun,” the woman says in the clip above.
Bielack says that some owners don’t realize that they’re potentially damaging their pet.
When you buy an exotic pet, you’re potentially giving up on a very important part of your pet’s life, says Bielank.
“That’s what you want to give up on,” she adds.
You should have the opportunity to find out the truth.” “
People should know what they’re buying, and they should do the research.
You should have the opportunity to find out the truth.”
And the truth is, you don’t know.
The word “wild” isn’t just for exotic pets, either.
Many people use it to describe any wild animal.
For most people, “wildness” doesn’t have a precise definition.
It’s a broad term that encompasses anything that’s not natural.
In fact, there are only three definitions of wild: wild nature, wild life, and wild nature.
In some cases, animals are not wild at all.
In this case, there’s a grey area between wildness and non-wildness.
When it comes down to it, wildness refers to animals that have been raised in captivity or have suffered neglect or abuse in a natural environment.
In other words, they’ve been given the wrong idea about their worth.
And in some cases that’s how a person gets their pet into the wild: they put them in a small cage, which they think will help them tame the animal.
“This was a very close call, because we were very aware of how close it came to being euthanizing,” says Bialak.
In the end, the woman decided to keep the dog and take the money she earned.
But, she says, it was the right decision.
“At least I could say to her, ‘Thank you for your support.
We were really hoping to give you a better life,'” she says in a phone interview.
The video above is from PaddleWild, and it was produced by Bielaski Photography.
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