Have Your Say: Better treatment for pets
WE are happy to hear that Ms Cull is recovering from her bite, but we doubt that the snake will be so lucky (Post, Sept 9).
Exotic animals kept as "pets" suffer immensely in captivity, with many being torn away from their natural homes and shipped hundreds or even thousands of miles in appalling conditions.
In even the best cases, in which people have some understanding of these animals, a domestic environment can never meet even their most basic needs or provide any semblance of a real or pleasant life.
They are merely amusements kept in boxes, aquariums or cages.
A recent scientific analysis in The Biologist, the prestigious journal published by the Society of Biology, shows that three-quarters of all "pet" reptiles in the UK die in their first year in the home. Most of the rest suffer for a whim.
People looking to bring an animal into their family should visit their local animal shelter, where countless loveable cats and dogs are desperately waiting for forever homes.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)