P415 Teletext 415 Oct16 21:01:01  E    By Caroline    Stringer  ————————————————————————————  EXOTIC ANIMALS SUFFER  Designer pets are suffering a double dose of cruelty from owners, says the RSPCA. Figures just released by the animal charity show that cruelty convictions against the owners of exotic animals have doubled in the last five years. There were 59 convictions in 1992, but 126 last year. ——————————————————————————————————1/6—— Does your pet have a problem? Write to: Pet Problems, PO Box 297, London SW6 1QJ Motors Recipe Love Stars Events
P415 Teletext 415 Oct16 21:01:01  E    By Caroline    Stringer  ————————————————————————————  EXOTIC ANIMALS SUFFER  The RSPCA is calling on prospective pet owners to think twice before buying animals like snakes, lizards and exotic birds. And it wants local authorities to put tighter restrictions on pet shops which sell them. The trend towards designer pets has fuelled a big increase in cruelty cases involving exotica, much of it down to ignorance. ——————————————————————————————————2/6—— We talk to Martyn Lewis 411 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Motors Recipe Love Stars Events
P415 Teletext 415 Oct16 21:00:10  E    By Caroline    Stringer  ————————————————————————————  EXOTIC ANIMALS SUFFER  Many cruelty cases investigated by the RSPCA against exotic pets have involved pet shop owners. One of the worst happened after a shop owner tried to remove a piece of skin from a python's eye with tweezers and pulled off part of the eye. The python was blinded for life and the pet shop owner has been charged with cruelty. ——————————————————————————————————3/6—— Does your pet have a problem? Write to: Pet Problems, PO Box 297, London SW6 1QJ Motors Recipe Love Stars Events
P415 Teletext 415 Oct16 21:00:17  E    By Caroline    Stringer  ————————————————————————————  EXOTIC ANIMALS SUFFER  "Inspectors are now almost as likely to be called to a case involving a python or iguana as they are to a cat or dog," says RSPCA prosecutions head Rachel Newman. "The boom in ownership of exotic pets is causing huge welfare problems. "People simply don't understand the amount of effort and cost involved in caring for them," she said. ——————————————————————————————————4/6—— Does your pet have a problem? Write to: Pet Problems, PO Box 297, London SW6 1QJ Motors Recipe Love Stars Events
P415 Teletext 415 Oct16 21:00:02  E    By Caroline    Stringer  ————————————————————————————  EXOTIC ANIMALS SUFFER  Exotic animals have very different needs from domestics like cats and dogs and some just aren't suitable to keep as pets. They may need special heating, lighting and housing to survive, and specialist veterinary care too. The RSPCA wants new regulations on shop owners selling exotic pets. In Scotland they need special training - the RSPCA wants a similar system in England. ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— Does your pet have a problem? Write to: Pet Problems, PO Box 297, London SW6 1QJ Motors Recipe Love Stars Events
P415 Teletext 415 Oct16 21:01:02  E    By Caroline    Stringer  ————————————————————————————  EXOTIC ANIMALS SUFFER  Cases of cruelty investigated by the RSPCA include: A man who thought his dead water-dragon, called "a bag of bones" by an inspector, might be hibernating. Two iguanas who suffered so badly from skin disease they scratched away their skins and spines. 37 different types of exotic animals all kept in the same cramped cellar. ——————————————————————————————————6/6—— Does your pet have a problem? Write to: Pet Problems, PO Box 297, London SW6 1QJ Motors Recipe Love Stars Events