Sorry if I'm beating a dead horse, but Bora just introduced me to a lovely website, The Wayback Machine, really gives some perspective. On November of 2010, the Chasing-Tail website went from this: https://web.archive.org/web/20111028035918/http://www.chasing-tail.com/
... to this: https://web.archive.org/web/20111127202014/http://www.chasing-tail.com/
Her older page was amazing. Right there at the top, "SUPPORTING RESPONSIBLE EXOTIC ANIMAL OWNERSHIP" There are caresheets, blogs, and the word 'pet' is used constantly. It is an informal, unashamed, pro-pet ownership site.
Then, overnight, the new page becomes "ENDANGERED PLANET ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS
" and "Zoological Wildlife Propagation, Education & Captive Husbandry Research". The word "pet" is completely GONE
. Try it, I used Ctrl F, put in the word pet. It's gone (except when meaning 'petting')! What I find particularly deplorable is how she won't even acknowledge this change to people. She still enjoys the exotic pet lifestyle (buying, breeding, importing, even from the wild) , but likes to come off as some restrictive AZA facility, making up excuses that she hopes the public will buy, to suggest it is some conservation and educational duty for her to maintain the most awesome collection of animals as pets while it is unacceptable for 'civilians' to do so. There's so much to loathe here, such as the suggestion that keeping exotic pets needs justification (a problem I have with so many zoos making 'excuses' claiming conservation and education, suggesting captivity is 'wrong' 'unless..'), the blatant and obvious lying/double speak (her critics would have a field day with this information), and her making money selling 'encounters' with the so-called sensitive and delicate species because me keeping it as a pet = terrible but when it comes to lining her pockets a little stress never killed anyone, right? This is despicable.
By the way, here is the Reddit thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/Portland/comments/18fxwb/the_sloth_center_in_rainier_or_1hr_from_portland/#bottom-comments
Example of double speak: "Are you engaged in the selling of exotic animals to private owners other than zoos or conservation centers/sanctuaries?""IT SIMPLY IS NOT AS BLACK AND WHITE AS THAT AND WE WILL NOT HAVE THINGS TWISTED BECAUSE SOMEONE IS MISINFORMED OR DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF HOW PROJECTS ARE ORGANIZED. WHEN WE HAVE "OVERSTOCK" WE DO PLACE THEM ON THE MARKET TO BE PURCHASED BY CONCERNS THAT NEED THAT PARTICULAR SPECIES FOR A SPECIFIC PROJECT, WHETHER THAT BE OUT-REACH, EDUCATION, BREEDING, OR (CRINGE) "FOR PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT" AT A ZOO (WE REITERATE - SOME SPECIES HANDLE THIS BETTER THAN OTHERS - I AM NOT "AGAINST" PUBLIC DISPLAY ENTERTAINMENT AT ZOOS - IF DONE ACCORDING TO WHAT THE SPECIES NEEDS NOT WHAT THE HUMANS WANT). WE BELIEVE THE ANSWER TO THE BELOW WILL BETTER ANSWER WHAT WE BELIEVE IS YOUR UNDERLYING CONCERN."
Answer should have been: Yes I sell to responsible private owners and there is nothing wrong with that.