2014.05.11【美国国家地理】野生宠物9

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Harrison says he understood then that he didn't really own wild animals. What he had back in Dayton was a mixted-up menagerie of inbreeding and crossbreeding that resulted in animals that had almost nothing to do with the creatures before him now. He felt that he'd been no better than a warden and that he needed to change his ways. When he returned to Ohio, one by one he gave up his beloved wolves and primates and cats and handed them over to sanctuaries where they'd at least have safety and space. It hurt him to do this. He knew his wolves so well he could howl a hello, and a goodbye.
哈瑞森说,他明白了他并没有真正地拥有过野生动物,而他在代顿养的那些所谓野生动物,其实是同系繁殖和杂交的产物,这些动物与它们原先的种族已经几乎没有什么关系。他觉得他比一个狱卒好不到哪里去,并下定决心做出改变。
当他再回到俄亥俄州的时候,他一个接一个地舍弃了他钟爱的狼、猫科动物和灵长类动物,他把它们送到动物避难所去了,至少那里是安全的,并且有足够的活动空间。他心里并不情愿这样做,他与他的狼感情深厚,狼甚至学会了说“你好”和“再见”。
Today Harrison is retired from the police force. He puts as many hours as he can into Outreach for Animals, an organization he helped found to rescue exotic pets and place them in one of the sanctuaries he trusts. Many of the so-called wildlife sancturies in this country are actually using their animals to make a profit, commercially breeding them or allowing public contact. The few that operate solely for the benefit of the animals are already overloaded, says Vernon Weir of the American Sanctuary Association, an accrediting organization. "I have trouble finding space for wolf-dog mixes, potbellied pigs, some species of monkeys--- many retired from use in research--- and all the big cats and bears," Weir says. "A good sanctury will take in only what they can afford to care for."
现在,哈瑞森已经从治安所退休了。他只要一有时间,就往动物服务署跑,哈瑞森协助成立的这个组织旨在拯救野生宠物,并将它们安置在可靠的避难所里。美国许多盈利性机构打着野生动物避难所的旗号,实际上是将这些野生宠物用于商业用途,并且对公众开放。

作为一个审核动物是否具有被救助资格的组织,美国动物救助联盟的负责人弗农·威尔说道:“少数几个真正为野生动物提供避难服务的机构已经是超负荷运作了。我手上经常有一些从实验室淘汰出来动物,有时候是几只狼狗,有时候是几只肥猪,有时候是几只猴子,却找不到地方安置它们,除此之外,几乎所有的大型猫科动物和熊都找不到地方安置。而一家好的避难所只接受他们能够容纳的动物前来避难”。


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