Congratulations Thomas, and thanks to the Mayor for having the common sense to
offer a solution to what should never have been a problem in the first place.As someone who educates people about the value and benefits of snakes, I
am constantly surprised by the amount of ignorance about snake that is so
rampant even in the information age. It is refreshing to see logic and
intelligence prevail for a change.
Thomas has handled this situation very well. I am so impressed with him
personally and professionally. I hope that this situation will help to educate
the public and help fight the hype and ignorance that tends to permeate the
media when snakes are involved. Let exotic animal owners keep their pets!
Persecute the irresponsible owners, not the ones with pristine cages and healthy
As a Cottonwood Heights resident (who does not particularly like snakes) I
really want the Mayor and Council to show some leadership and common sense in
applying an ordinance that is vague and probably not even worth having at
all.Issue the permit and agree that it is a one critter minimum with
no maximum.If necessary, adopt a new ordinance that allows for an
exotic snake permit to keep up to 50 of them, but put a limit of one or two
permits to be in use at a time. Give this guy a permit, and then let's get
busy working on stuff that is important to our development or public safety.
This clearly is neither.
I think this guy could be used as an example of proper pet ownership. The way he
cares for them and manages them is really great. I know many people with ONE dog
or cat that aren't as responsible as this guy is with 30+ snakes. If people
can really show that they have the means and ways to take care of them, why have
silly rules as to a number.