Kpickell- your comment, perhaps a joke is a shocking thing to see someone who is veg*n say. I would hope to avoid that here. That is the sort of comment that my M-I-L and B-I-L make, and it angers me greatly as a cat lover, in turn I hold contempt for them. I don't care if it's being too "PC" or what not, those sorts of jokes are unsettling & cross the line (like jokes about incest & rape).
As for snakes, my S-I-L owns ball pythons as well (wow, I'm covering all the in-laws here, lol) and I'd have to agree with Epinepherine. I see nothing beneficial about keeping reptiles, except some sort of "I'm cool" stigma, but along with leather jackets and going hunting, it's quite uncool to me. My S-I-L got a nasty bite on her hand once from one of her feeder rats, picture us absolutely amused and high fiving in the rats memory. It's absurd to imagine feeding a pet live animals & all for some slithering creature that you keep in a cage, one that has a history of strangling kids and eating other pets, doesn't purposefully lick you or curl up in your lap. She supposedly thought it was "really sad" that she "had to" feed her snake live animals, so sad that she'd warn us not to look in the cage because there was a cowering mouse in the corner, so sad that when the snake got out, hid & subsequently died, she didn't think "oh, great I don't have to kill/buy mice anymore", instead she got another one. YUCK.
And before it's even asked, no it is not the same to go out and buy high quality pet food for your carnivore companion animal. For one, as long as people aren't kicking out their omni (who can switch much easier than animals that instinctively hunt in the wild like cats & dogs) relatives.. I wont hear that arguement
. In this case involving the middle man makes a huge difference. Just like (even less in the case of pouring a bag or popping open a can of pet food) the veg*ns on this board who cook meat for their spouse, while that is gross to some of us, I don't think they're awful for it. But I wouldn't want to talk to them at all if they slaughtered animals directly to feed their family, this just isn't one of those black & white issues.