at Tue Nov 30 08:47:05 2004 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by RobertPreston ]
Been away from a computer for a few days. Just got back on the forum. Good post, and good points indeed. I don't have much to say in response except that I would feel much safer using a venomoid snake in an educational show. Even the best and most qualified handlers get bitten, and when you're in front of an audience, anything can happen. I always think about the what-ifs, and stranger things have happened than a spectator (or handler) getting bitten during a snake show. I agree that these things should not happen, but sometimes they do.
As to the long term health of the animal, that is a concern as well. I'm not sure there is any real evidence yet as to how well venomoids do over the long haul when given proper care and when the surgery is performed correctly and with the appropriate post-op attention. If what I have read is accurate, many venomoids do just fine and are able to digest their food with no problems over many, many years. On the other hand, I also realize that many snakes die during the procedure or shortly thereafter or are permanently disfigured. I find that deplorable and non-veterinarians who are performing these procedures should be prosecuted.
I understand why people are opposed to venomoids. But in some cases, and it just may be personal preference, I have no problems with venomoids -- as long as the procedure is done correctly. In my opinion, that is the number one concern. If the snakes are going to be altered (just like with any animal), I think it should be done in such a way as to make the procedure as pain free as possible.
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