A Phoenix man was sentenced to 90 days in jail for feeding his pet snake. Okay, okay, I admit the pet was a boa constrictor and the food was a 3-week old greased puppy. And some people would argue that this is gross and appalling, yadda, yadda, yadda.
But I would first like to point out that many boa constrictors are finicky eaters and only eat live food. I was the caretaker of a boa some years back and that thing only ate when it wanted too and only live fuzzy things. Most of the time boas are fed rats and mice and maybe the occasional guinea pig.
This is a clear case of mammal-discrimination. How is it fair to rats and mice that they are “acceptable” snake food but puppies are not? Last time I saw a mouse it was quite cute, furry, and had four legs as well. Some people even keep rats as pets.
I would also like to point out that this guy was being rather considerate to the snake. It was a large gulp and he oiled the dog to make it go down smooth. If that is not considerate, I don’t know what is.
Finally, we should also look at this from the snake’s point of view. Here is a happy go lucky boa constrictor that has been waiting weeks before he got his meal. Then he eats a mighty feast and the guy that feeds him gets taken off to jail. How would that make you feel if your butcher gets arrested everytime you eat veal? I think I would be rather disheartened. I wouldn’t stop eating my favorite meats but it would be depressing. So now we have a depressed insecure snake that probably doesn’t know what or when it will be fed again. Now that is cruelty to animals.
…boy smiles at chance to feed a hungry snake!