Help keep One Green Planet free and independent! Together we can ensure our platform remains a hub for empowering ideas committed to fighting for a sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. Please support us in keeping our mission strong.
The victim, Laura Hurst, was found dead in her home that contained 140 snakes. Unfortunately, keeping a snake at home can never match the conditions it has in the wild. Heat lamps, cages, tanks and blankets are no substitute for nature.
Just like humans, snakes can suffer from anxiety, stress and trauma. Their lack of space to explore and stretch, hunt for food or regulate body temperature can lead to these ill effects. Biologist Clifford Warwick estimates that up to 75% of snakes die within a year of being brought home as pets.
Reptile welfare has been a growing concern about veterinarians and animal groups. Adele Waters is the record of Veterinary Record, said of the issue, “”Earlier this month, the RSPCA [Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] published a research showing they are often neglected, and not because their owners don’t care about them, but because they are unsure about how to care for them.”
Snake breeders and traders breed these animals to excess and without care. They are usually sold after being kept in confined areas and owners are not checked for safety or given much information on handling. Snakes often escape and turn into invasive species.
As Ben Williamson, programs director at World Animal Protection U.S., wrote in the New York Daily News, “Wild animals don’t stop being wild just because they’re kept in a house or an apartment. Their instincts to hunt and kill do not disappear simply because they were bred rather than taken from the wild. A wild animal remains wild and dangerous, even in captivity.”
Read more about snakes in One Green Planet, check out these articles:
- The Myth of Domestication: Why Exotic Animals Can Never Really be Pets
- Why We NEED to Stop Buying These 5 Animals as Pets
- Behind the Scenes Brutality: Snake Charming
- Brave Pit Bull Saved a Little Boy From a Snake Attack!
- These Men Burned a Snake Alive For Fun – Help Get Them Charged With Animal Cruelty
Easy Ways to Help the Planet:
- Eat Less Meat: Download Food Monster, the largest plant-based Recipe app on the App Store to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy. You can also buy a hard or soft copy of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
- Reduce Your Fast Fashion Footprint: Take initiative by standing up against fast fashion Pollution and supporting sustainable and circular brands like Tiny Rescue that are raising awareness around important issues through recycled zero-waste clothing designed to be returned and remade over and over again.
- Support Independent Media: Being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!
- Sign a Petition: Your voice matters! Help turn petitions into victories by signing the latest list of must-sign petitions to help people, animals, and the planet.
- Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and important stories involving animals, the environment, sustainable living, food, health, and human interest topics by subscribing to our newsletter!
- Do What You Can: Reduce waste, plant trees, eat local, travel responsibly, reuse stuff, say no to single-use plastics, recycle, vote smart, switch to cold water laundry, divest from fossil fuels, save water, shop wisely, Donate if you can, grow your own food, volunteer, conserve energy, compost, and don’t forget about the microplastics and microbeads lurking in common household and personal care products!