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Uploaded on Oct 13, 2011

All credits go to the feline conservation federation (FCF).
The film is called "An In(CAT)venient Truth."
Watch the second part here: http://youtu.be/3kUl0c2tyPQ
and the producers website: http://felidaefund.org/
Here´s the story to the fatality in the pic: http://bit.ly/VOG8vG

====== Whether you agree with me or not =====

You certainly care about great felines since you aleady woked your way here. Please help wild mountain lions from getting legally slaughtered within borders of the US! Please take a look:

And in case anyone wondered, I do NOT promote exotic animal ownership to people that are incapable of handling them, but I do feel that these plain facts need to be mentioned.



Since so many of you commented, I will work out that the statistics in the video are actually appricable. The statistics about attacs explain why exotics are not a public threat. I am aware that they do not make statements about the risks of exotics for the people that actually keep them (those sadly do not exist because pets are not recorded as humans are, and therefore nobody knows about individual risks. I will get back to this below). What they do, though, is tell you about risks for the general public, taken that we do not know whether or not an individual person has frequent contact with exotics or not. I will compare the fatalities to a common socially accepted risk, which is smoking. I will also get back to the vending machine "idiocy", as some liked to describe it. Given the data of the internet for smokers and exotics, you get a total fatality rate of 1/year for big cats and 430,000/year for smokers. This alone should make you realize how futile any thoughts about your safety correlated to exotic pets should be.
How high is the danger of dying as somebody definitely NOT having contact to an exotic feline? Let´s take a look. Believing the statistics above, alomst all people dying by the paw of a exotic knowingly put themselves in that danger (as for example Zoo staff or a pet owner, in contrast to somebody that gets attacked "out of the blue"). Of course, there were exceptions, but thats about every tenth to every fifth (please read the rexano link yourself in order to make an own opinion about who "counts" as uninvolved). Anyways, taking every fifth fatality as a fatality of an uninvolved person, we have 0,2 deaths/year by big cats, and respectively, 43,000 fatalities by passive smoking (=uninvolved people that die because of the hobby of another. I used online data based on 6,000,000 deaths/year worldwide for smokers and 600,000 deaths/year worldwide for passive smokers, as well as the 430,000 in the USA mentioned above to get to this number).

As you can see, whether you are statistically a random citizen (1 death per year by the cats versus 430,000 deaths per year for smokers) or somebody that does not want to take the risks of exotics/smoking and still dies (0,2 deaths per year for cats and 43,000 for passive smokers), big cat fatalities are but a side note. Not even a side note, actually - it´s a factor of 200,000 times the damage. And that´s only for the socially accepted risk of smoking. What about those vending machines? Since i doubt that the 2 people that were stroke to death were "involved" with vending machines, we got 2 fatalities vs. 0,2 for "uninvloved" people: Vending machiens are more risky.

Now. IF you own a big cat, or are invloved, there is no precise data since as said above, we do not have records about the amount of people that keep exotics. It should be clear, though, that keeping a big cat is most probably more dangerous than keeping for example a dog. But that is a risk to the owner only and the owner (or the people that work with these animals) know about and put themselves willingly in that risk: Just as dog owners put themseves in the risk of dogs (~50 fatalities/year in the US) and smokers in the risk of smoking. It says nothing about the general public´s risk.


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