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Posted by wittsd on February 06, 2003 at 20:16:55:
In Reply to: News from Washington St. posted by mlhogg on February 06, 2003 at 10:46:45:
> One of them emailed me back asking for more info. It appears
> we have a few of them on our side. With that said he wants
> some statiastics from credible sources showing that incidents
> from "companion animals" far outweigh those from exotic
Of course they do :)
They've already been given such info in the WA hearing, but no harm in reinforcing the point...
est. 4 million dog bites per year in the U.S., including 800,000 hospitalisations; many of those are children- made worse by the manner in which dogs go for the face (as opposed to cat attacks on body/neck).
We're trying to get a statement from the Washington Department of Health regarding the *hard* statistics on the *full* list of exotics vs. domestics :)
If they're looking to do something on grounds of *ANIMAL WELFARE*, as they claim, what about the tens of millions of birds, etc., killed by domesticated cats each year??
Certainly, domestic dogs are far more dangerous than exotic cats to the *public*. The total number of people in the public killed by exotic cats in the last decade is believed to be ZERO.
What are the stats for herps (indirect & direct deaths)?
We *do* need to fight this ignorance on a common front, IMHO.
THANK YOU for all such efforts :)