As I am sure you are aware, there are increasing numbers of anti pet ownership stories being written and shown to the public. These stem by majority from PETA or "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" as well as HSUS or "Humane Society of the United States" (who, by the way, does not own a single animal shelter anywhere). These groups are extremists as well as terrorists , supporting the killing of animals rather than promoting their welfare in private homes.
While PETA'S antics as have been covered by many news affiliates, ( http://www.consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm/headline/2836 ), you may not be aware that HSUS supports "them", as well as over 20 other extremist groups worldwide (http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/136 ). I encourage you to do a search on both, and beg you to stand up and show these groups in a light that uncovers them for what they really are: EXTREMISTS and TERRORISTS, plain and simple. PETA doesn't believe we should even own a dog or cat , much less a hamster, gerbil, guinea pig , fish or parrots. See this story about PETA picketing PETCO until they quite selling parrots as pets: http://www.peta.org/feat/PETCOAgreement/default.asp
This being said, I would like to say that I am a responsible exotic pet owner here in Oregon. I am one of many who are the primary targets by these groups . Many stories are done on the irresponsible owners, and this sheds a bad light on the rest of us as a whole. As a committed responsible owner I beg you to do some stories on a few committed and responsible exotic owners' beloved pets and see that there are those who truly can love and cherish them as they should be, "RESPONSIBLY."
If you would be willing to do such a story, as committed responsible owners we would HELP you to look at the reality of responsible ownership. We don't want any left homeless due to ignorance or ultimately euthanized! We are on the general public' s side as far as this goes. Ignorance produces danger.
Exotic pets, like all pets, have special needs depending on the species, and it is the responsible owners that will research that and do what is necessary to protect their animals' health and safety, as well as that of the public. Please help us inform people rather than provide ammunition to support bans. Remember, your dog, cat or parrot will be next if PETA has anything to say about it.
I know many people just here in the state of Oregon who wholeheartedly and responsibly embrace their rights to own these exotic species. COMMITTED, RESPONSIBLE EXOTIC OWNERSHIP is our right. If you took the time, you would see some amazing homes dedicated to some very special and well-loved animals who are cared for in a manner that is safe, happy and healthy for animal and owners as well as the public. I am not anti-ownership! I am anti-ignorance!
I own Coatimundis. They are very wonderful curious creatures that have stolen my heart. They, like the rest of exotics, are not for everyone. I was lucky and got my first coatimundi from a responsible breeder who spoke to me for over two weeks before he felt confident I knew what I was getting into. I now have four of them, two of which were rescues.
Please consider some stories on responsible owners. The responsible ones will not disappoint you. We will diligently help to show your viewers the true dedication and joy of owning an exotic, while showing everyone there are those of us who deserve our rights as committed, responsible exotic owners.
Best Regards -