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How Many Pets Are Too Many?

Mon, September 27 2010 at 16:21

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Ericka, I've seen this post here and on a hundred different sites all across the Internet, and this is what I have to say, as an animal lover and the Director of Community Services for this site:

Exploiting mental illness for commercial gain, advertising dollars and ratings is despicable. This proposed show is not something nor our other sites is going to promote or let pass by without comment.

To entice people to come on your show to be exploited for your gain by offering the possiblility of veterinary care for their animals is cruel, and it's ten times worse when you KNOW that in nearly all cases those animals will get that care when they're seized by animal control.

Shows like this don't help animals, they don't help people with crushing financial problems OR mental illness. They are a sickening trend in the entertainment world. I sincerely hope not one person responds to your message, although I'm sure that's too much to hope. We'll certainly be warning everyone on our sites not to.

Christie Keith
Director of Community Services
#1 Christie Keith (Homepage) on 2010-09-28 12:04 (Reply)
Bravo Christie.

This group is not only looking to create the next new trend but also will do extensive harm to the exotic pet community, something we here are supportive of.

Its a shame that a television show must plaster this information everywhere.

We encourage all of our "family" here to stay far away.
#1.1 Cindy Steinle on 2010-09-28 20:25 (Reply)
How do you define "too many"? I have done exotic rescue for around 13years and have encountered people who thinkg "1" is too many and others who maintain scores with no problems (often better than zoological institutions). I agree this documentary could be more distructive and create more sensationalism rather than address the clinical issues associated with hording behavior.
#1.1.1 RichCrowley on 2010-09-30 08:12 (Reply)
How many pets is too many? -
How is animal hoarding defined?
The pathological accumuation of animals was first described in [1981] and animal hoarding was formally defined in the public health literature in [1999] using the following criteria:
# Having more than the typical number of companion animals.
#Failing to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter, and veterinary care, with this neglect often resulting in illness and death from starvation, spread of infectious disease, and untreated injury or medical conditions.
# Denial of the inability to provide this minimum care and the impact of that failure on the animals, the household, and human occupants of the dwelling.
# Persistence, despite this failure, in accumulating and controlling animals.

Please go the the link below for more information.
# Erica (Homepage) on 2010-09-30 11:38 (Reply)
Animal shows on TV were once great examples of nature's treasures and have opened the eyes of millions people.
Now many have become nothing more than shock/fear/drama shows distorting reality for ratings and promoting negative animal interactions and husbandry for the pure shock value. This irresponsible programing not only distorts the reality of human and animal interactions but also promotes this bad behavior by misrepresenting animal ownership, showing only the worst. Why not show the informative and correct way to own many animals? Well, that wont scare or shock people into watching.

This is train wreck TV now with animals. I have been boycotting all the animal networks that show this irresponsible programing and have written to these networks to explain my displeasure. Shame on them!
#2 Raul Campos on 2010-09-29 10:23 (Reply)
As someone in the social services field, I'll just come out and say this disgust me. You're exploiting people with mental problems for ratings and profit. Bravo! Go and pit some schizophrenics in cage fights while you're at it. Or hell, maybe have a televised all you can eat contest for anorexics?

Actual hoarders have pathological problems and need help--typically from APS and/or licensed case managers and counselors. They don't need to be dragged out into the spotlight for the sake of entertainment. I sincerely wish what you were doing were criminal.
#3 Paul White on 2010-09-30 17:47 (Reply)
jon & kate + 8
Duggars aka 19 kids and counting
#4 scott on 2010-10-01 19:26 (Reply)
Yet another dumb show in a slew of even more dumb shows being aired on TV.

I have watched Hoarders a few times...and these people do have issues. Having their personal problems televised for the world to watch...I just can't see that being of any may even hinder the person...make them more reclusive etc.

As for having a show about Animal Hoarders...I don't see how this show will benefit animals who are in such a situation.

As for how many pets are too many, you can't put a number on that...the only time the number of pets a person has is too many, is when they can't, or won't provide proper care to that animal. (and alot of times, for some people owning a single pet, of any type, is too much for that individual person).

I don't think this show should be aired... how about finding a series that is actually FACTUAL and not just cheap sensationalism...All these so called "Reality TV" shows are crap...its no wonder I stopped watching TV and no longer even have cable TV in my house...
#5 LdyPayne on 2010-10-01 20:24 (Reply)
Erica, Here is an idea for you: Take your H$US BS filled programming and hit the highway. I don't think you will find what you are looking for on this site. Got that?

Have a nice day...
#6 EricWI on 2011-03-26 02:10 (Reply)

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