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Of pythons and pit bulls: Pushing back against media bias

By Cindy Steinle
Fri, April 6 2012 at 10:39

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Snakesitter - #1 - 2012-04-20 22:16 - (Reply)

I could not agree with you more.

The first step, as the story of a senior officer in a local herp society illustrates, is simply being public with reptiles as being normal and acceptable pet choices.

Some years ago, the officer relates, a local city council was considering a ban on snakes. The word was spread among local herp owners, but the majority of owners declined to attend the meeting -- not because they agreed with the rule, but because they didn't want the city to know they kept pet snakes at all.

I hope articles like yours will finally begin to change that reaction. The community can't fight for pets many owners regard as "secret."


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