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Raid Sees 1,000 Mice And 18 Primates Go Free In Italy

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Knowing that mice, dogs, monkeys, pigs, rats, rabbits and guinea-pigs were in the cages, in complete loneliness, without any sympathy or hugs, waiting to be deported towards a future of torture, is what moved us into action.
Being "wild" in your context doesn't mean they can survive in a wild environment after living in captivity their whole lives. If you release an animal that has no idea how to survive, chances are it will die, whether its breed or species as a whole is domestic or not.
Bull****. You take an animal that's been given food, water and shelter its whole life and throw it out into the wild the chances are it's screwed, instincts or not. Why do you think they have to teach "wild" animals to live in the wild before re-introduction into it?
Originally Posted by Sevenseas View Post

That was my first reaction to your comment above.

Yeah, that's probably why they can't even catch prey, right?
Oh, if you release enough I'm sure they'll kill something, whether its eachother, native animals or people's pets.
The number of animals released is irrelevant.
Not really. The more you release, the greater the chances that some will survive long term.

According to what hunters and mink liberation critics say, minks are very efficient predators and will destroy native bird populations quite easily.
It's not very hard to hunt eggs or baby birds. Or if mink hunt at night, they could find many birds sleeping easily enough.

But then that all depends what lives there.
Originally Posted by troub View Post

Ever seen a house cat catch a mouse in someones backyard? I wonder which humans taught her how to stalk and pounce prey . . .

They don't so much teach animals how to live in the wild in reintroduction programs as much as wean them from dependence on humans. Sure it's helpful, but I don't really think that every animal reintroduced into the wild with no "training" will ultimately die because no one is feeding them.
Our cat catches and kills mice and frogs all the time, but that doesn't mean he could survive alone. Hell, he was a few inches off starved when we found him, and he could do it then too.
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