I will be visiting with someone near that area in March during a 3 day exotic animal sale in Mt.Hope and was considering going there on one of the days to see what the deal is. I am having second thoughts now though. If anyone has ever been, could you tell me if I will end up seeing some sad sights? I do not want to go if I will be left with haunting images in my mind. Thanks.
I live about 45 mins. away from Mt. Hope and I don't recall ever hearing about that show. That is Amish country, would be interested in what exotic animals they would have? There are puppymills around that area so you might see some images you may not want to remember, don't know for sure. sorry couldn't be of more help.
auctions are very sad indeed. You will see old skinny dairy cows, being sold for hamburger..
You will see newborn calves, barely able to stand, and being hit with sticks, umbilical cords still attached and drying up...
You will see injured animals that are being auctioned off as well. All are frightened and confused.
Horses being sold are generally bought by killer buyers for slaughter for meat in europe and the orient, atho the amish may buy a few for their buggy horses (if they are the right color) and draft horses for plowing.
I did go to them when we didnt know any better and decided we wanted to raise beef and bought calves to raise. I gave them a good life, but it was alot of heartache as well....I never paid over 30 bucks for a newborn calf and it was a full time committment to keep em warm and feed them....they are prone to sickness, they never got moms colostrum....
I put alot more money into them than what I could have bought in the grocery store, but my kids took very good care of them and put them in 4H and I have to believe they fared better with us than on a veal farm.
Don't know exactly how far Mt Hope is from me but I am wondering if these are the same people who frequent the Rogers Sale Flea market in Rogers, OH. They are the ones that I bought my first American Eskimo from and he was so sick, he almost died. They also sell hedgehogs, skunks, raccoons, foxes, and a few other exotic animals. I am having a mental block as to their exact business name but it has Exotics in it. Man, I hate when I work midnight shifts and can't think! Anyway, those people denied selling me a sick puppy and would take no responsibility for him. They even tried to put the blame back on me but the dog was sick the day I took him home. Within 3 days he was in the vet's with an IV in his leg. I really hope these aren't the same people.
ALEX -- are you talking about the people who are at the end of the outside flea market? I cant think of their name, but when my brother in law was younger they sold him a fox! My mother in law marched right back there and made them give marc his money back.
Last time we were there they had all sorts of Foxes with big warning signs not to stick your fingers in the cage....of course everyone was sticking their fingers in the cages. They had foxes and kittens that day. It made me sick, all the animals for sale in such poor conditions at Rogers.
According to the flyer this is some of the animals that are sold there: lots of bear cubs-cougars-panthers-bobcats-monkeys-kangaroos-wallabys-coatimundis-fox-wolves-coyotes-exotic hoof stock-zebras-camels-exotic birds-exotic reptiles (tortises, gators, etc..)and many other small furry critters.
All the bears, carnivores, primates, and wolves sold are required to be under 30 pounds. They also have what they call a "warm room' for all the bottle babies.
This place also has what they call a Swap Meet in May where sellers set up their area and at this everything is pre-priced. From what I have read online, this when you will see many varities of fox kits, skunks babies, and raccoon babies that are domestically bred.
I really would love to go and see all these exotics up close but I just don't want to see any puppy mill breeder dogs or puppies in poor shape as that would ruin my day and I would probably end up buying some just to get them out of there. I guess I could find out if they even sell dogs at this and avoid that particular barn if they do.
Well I myself would like to get another pet skunk. They are absolutely fabulous pets. Skunks have been domestically raised for many, many years now. I would never own a large wild animal species and just have it in a cage to look at. I wouldn't mind having a fennec fox, in the house of course. The only monkey I would ever want would be a marmoset or tamarin. Nice and small (up to 6 pounds). I'd be afraid of any other type! No bears, lions, tigers, etc... for me. Heck, I was afraid of our ferret.
Oh yeah! They are descented before they are even weaned. Both male and female skunks may mark things though by urinating on them a little bit. Females that are not going to be bred need to be spayed (for health reasons) and males that are not going to be bred need to be neutered or they can temporarily turn into little monsters during mating season! I can't say enough what a great pet domestically bred skunks make. They do not smell and I'd rather empty a skunk's litter box anyday over a cat's or a nasty ferret's!