African servals, exotic cats as pets

Why Exotic Pets Should NOT Be Banned
The Fight to Save Akula the Serval
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Akula enjoys a snuggle with his family (above)

No loving, responsible pet owner should be faced with the heartache of having a beloved family member torn from them.

Servals form intense emotional bonds with their owners. When taken from their families, they suffer greatly and often lose all trust in humans.

Akula is typical of the happy pets that are killed in the wake of ban laws enacted under the guise of animal welfare.

BECAUSE OF AN UNNESSESARY LAW, AKULA FACED EXECUTION. Thanks in part to the international outrage sparked by this situation, Akula was allowed to remain in his home. What you are about to read is the information I sent to the Danish authorities during the crisis.

Thanks to recently passed legislation prohibiting exotic pets and some inflexible government officials, Akula is in danger of being seized from his loving home and slaughtered.

Banning exotic pets has devastating results for serval owners such as Heidi. She is facing the heartbreak of having Akula, the cat she raised from a 14-day-old kitten, wrenched away to an uncertain fate.

This petite spotted cat is a beloved pet living in a lovely home, with a beautiful outdoor enclosure to play in and a caring, responsible owner who has gone out of her way to cooperate with local officials. The little servalís world revolves around Heidi, and itís hard to imagine the sheer terror and grief he would suffer if separated from the people heís loved since his earliest days. The fact is, these laws hurt even the best of owners and the happiest of pets.

This is a direct message to those in Denmark who would seize Akula, and every person in a similar position around the world. Donít do it. Would you murder Akula, or put him in jail for life? That is what you are doing if you sponsor, vote for, or enforce exotic animal bans. The blood will always be on your hands.

And hereís a message to those of you who support banning exotic animals: These laws result in beloved pets being confiscated, impounded, and usually killed. A lucky few live out their lives in cages under the care of strangers in zoos and sanctuaries. This is the dirty secret animal rights groups donít want you to know. Banning does not help animals: it kills them! How could this possibly constitute animal welfare?

The seizure of beloved exotic cats causes as much heartache and terror as the seizure of a child would. It is an atrocity to cause any well-cared-for animal to be torn from its owner, and I find it shocking that such a thing is permissible in a supposedly free country. Not only are seizures permitted, they are permitted without due process. Before the owner has his day in court, the cat may already be dead.

Most exotic pet owners are kind, intelligent people who adore their animals and take excellent care of them. We love our pets just as you love yours and we are counting on you to protect the lives of these wonderful creatures that depend on us.

To help Akula, please visit his website at http://www.serval.dk and email those who are trying to take him from his home. A little international outrage can go a long way. If you do not have flash, you will not be able to navigate the site, but you should be able to read the important pages if you follow each of these links: http://www.serval.dk/help_us.html and http://www.serval.dk/links.html.

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The fight to save Akula the serval