Originally Posted by Eclipse
Having my record age catfish makes me think about animals in captivity that have long life spans. I've started to think that most if not all of these animals ( mine included) will end up in substandard situations, given away, sold or dead from neglect.
Almost none will live out their lifespans and die of old age, it will all be premature death due to circumstance, mostly related to the primary caretaker being unable to care properly for the animal(s) anymore.
Maybe the caretaker has moved away to go to college, maybe they got married, maybe they have children, maybe they suffer from health issues, maybe they got a demanding job, maybe their new housing arrangment doesn't allow the animals. In extreme circumstances, the animals' lifespan may be longer then the caretaker. The caretaker may be moved into a nursing home leaving the animal(s) behind.
All of these circumstance are vastly increased when one is dealing with an animal with a long lifespan. Animals with a 20+ lifespan.
Examples are :
Birds ( especially parrots)
To a lesser extent dogs and cats( though their lifespan is more around the 8-15 yrs range)
What person is going to say...Well I've got my whole life planned out, I know for sure nothing is going to happen to prevent me from keeping this animal for life.
Suppose a 14 yrs old child aquires a lizard with a lifespan of 20 yrs.
That lizard is given ideal care, lives in a great terrarium etc etc...Then the child turns 18 yrs old and decides to move away and go to college.
They try to put the lizard up for adoption and it turns out nobody wants this kind of lizard. Opps...before they bought the lizard they didn't know how unpopular they were or how saturated the market is with them due irresponble breeding practices.
The parents don't want the lizard and the college dorm won't allow it. The now 18 yrs adult is forced to choose between having an education and letting their animal(s) die...Not a nice choice.
Maybe in some cases the lizard is just tossed out like trash, other times to live in substandand conditions and eventually die of neglect or or abuse. The original caretaker may have given the lizard a great home, but in the end it didn't matter. The lizard ended up in inhumane circumstances and or died anyway s because the long term commitment the lizard required was not possible to meet due to unforseen future life changes.
I'm thinking that someone who aquires such an animal needs to find a possible outlet for the animal in advance so when the times comes that they may no longer be able to care for that animal(s). Even if it's knowing a good petshop will take them in an emergency.
And maybe if NO possible future outlet can be found to take the animal when these typical life changing situations do occur, the animal shouldn't be aquired in the first place.
Or possibly it could mean that morally nobody should have such animals at all. Though it could be argued that they won't live out their natural lifespans in the wild either.