facebook people are so stupid

Urrrghh.

Bare minimum = gold standard advocates claiming “the tub is the hide that’s how snakes like it they spend 99% of their time hiding in the wild so its proven to be the best way of keeping them for their whole liveess!!”  people drive up the friggin’ wall… 

I have been trying to comment on it a bit if the opportunity to politely educate presents itself.  Below is a comment I can edit as needed and paste to facebook when people say stupid things like “ snakes dont have much brain so enrichment is just for the keeper”.  Hoping this will saves me some aggro having a reference post for my future arguing.  

If anybody else gets into a similar debate and wants to paste this or link to my main enrichment post or whatever please feel free! Share the post below far and wide if you ever think it might help… 

  http://rainbowsnakes.tumblr.com/post/119229812584/environmental-enrichment-for-reptiles-what-why


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The belief that reptiles are purely instinctive “robot-like” creatures is outdated. Many scientific studies have demonstrated that the cognitive abilities of reptiles and fish is much more advanced than we thought. Reptiles and fish can learn, exhibit behavioural plasticity, have spatial memory abilities and exhibit a spectrum of “personalities”. 

An animals enclosure must have enough space and furnishings to allow it to express species specific natural behaviours such as Hiding, climbing, burrowing, swimming, basking ect where appropriate. This is known as “Environmental Enrichment” (EE).The benefits of EE for mammals is very well studied and more recent studies indicate that reptiles and fish benefit from EE in similar ways that mammals do. 

Being deprived of stimulation and environmental enrichment means animals will be less active leading to poorer muscle tone and greater risk of obesity and the associated health risks. It also negatively affects their neural and cognitive development,  and can result in chronic stress and greater susceptibility to stressful events. Stressed animals can become immuno-suppressed and have less resistance to disease. 

The reptile hobby needs to start realizing there is a huge difference between surviving and thriving in captivity. Just because an animal can survive with the bare basics and will eat, shed, poop and reproduce dose NOT mean it has good welfare. The problem with some racks or very small enclosures where the “enclosure acts as a giant hide” is the animal can only perform ONE of it normal behaviours (hiding) which is not adequate captive housing for any animal!  Allowing reptiles to express a RANGE of species specific natural behaviours is not some extra-curricula activity to make the keeper feel good. It is important to the physical and psychological well-being of the animal.  When the AR nuts and anti’s come for the hobby we need to be collectively striving for the highest standards of animal welfare possible. Not shrugging off all husbandry criticism with nonsensical and unscientific arguments such as “ snakes don’t like space..” 

Inadequately sized caging with nothing but a water bowl is a space, time and money saver for the keeper which compromises the animals welfare.    

Selling my wands on facebook be like:

Me: Exact descriptions, prices, possible locations for picking the wands up, several photos of each.

Them: How long are the wands? Is that really wood? Do they look like real wood? Where can I pick them up? How long are they? How thick are they? How did you make these? What mterial are these made from? Is shipping included in the price? Can you make me a 6 foot Staff in the same technique?
(Seriously, I got that question twice. Spoiler alert, no I can’t. The technique isn’t meant for that. It would be extremely expensive, and borderline impossible. Also I’m not gonna give away my trade secrets, thank you very much.)

anonymous asked:

Alright, I need a stable argument to argue why the Confederate flag is racist because people on Facebook are just being SO STUPID I'M DEAD INSIDE

In the declarations of secession from the Union, some Southern states expressly mentioned slavery as a reason for their departure.

“… an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations …” South Carolina wrote in its declaration.

The state of Mississippi aligned itself with slavery right off the top of its declaration:

“Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery – the greatest material interest of the world.”

Georgia named slavery in the second sentence of its declaration.

After the Civil War ended, the battle flag actually only turned up here and there only rarely – and only at events to commemorate fallen soldiers.

The only reason the flag exploded in popularity was during the fight for civil rights for black Americans, in the middle of the 20th century (You know, that whole civil rights movement?).

The first burst was in 1948. South Carolina politician Strom Thurmond ran for president under the newly founded States Rights Party, also known as the Dixiecrats. The party’s purpose was clear: “We stand for the segregation of the races,” said Article 4 of its platform.

At campaign stops, fans greeted Thurmond with American flags, state flags – and Confederate battle flags.

But desegregation progressed.

As it passed milestones like the Supreme Court ruling on Brown vs. Board of Education, which gave black American children access to all schools, the Confederate battle flag popped up more and more as a protest against the civil rights being rightfully given to people of color.

So yeah, the confederate flag is incredibly racist.