I was doing a lot of research about lizard keeping, and came across groups like HSUS and the ASPCA being against owning reptiles and amphibians. That got me thinking about large snakes and lizards. Often it seems that you run into two groups of people I honestly despise: 1: Animal Rights organizations trying to restrict or ban Herp ownership (often a prelude to all pet ownership being banned) 2: Reptile keepers who either (a): collect lizards and snakes with the same care and dedication to the animal as a collector of pokemon cards or (b) get large constrictors or venomous snakes largely because they can, with no thought to long-term care. These groups are related, in a way, because they routinely over- or underestimate the hazards and care requirements of the animal. With the animal rights crowd, their position is that all herps are insufficiently studied to properly care for. Unless of course for the fact that they are dangerous, which could not be known unless they have been sufficiently studied. Well, consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, so I guess their minds are very large indeed. This hurts their position because in all honesty, there ARE certain animals-the vast majority of venomous snakes, alligators, several of the largest monitor species- where the hazards involved in captive care, in my honest opinion, can't really be dealt with by a private owner ( yes, I know there are good, responsible people who know what they are doing, etc.- I am describing a rule of thumb, not an absolute.)Both these groups need some actual perspective. A leopard gecko is much safer than a pit bull. A black mamba is not as safe as a teacup poodle. That people get into animal welfare or reptiles without understanding this hurts everybody. Sorry for the long post, It was something on my chest for a long time.