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Venomous Snakes owned as pets

I was watching Swamp Wars on Animal Planet today and it spoke of people who import, sell and own venomous snakes. Ok, I understand, there are those who do have a purpose for these animals such as research facilities, pharmaceutical uses and zoos but what surprised me was that the same way that I own cats, dogs and fish as pets some people have cobras, mambas and taipans.
I googled the subject and found although some states do ban the practice or require permits (similar to my dogs and cats) many don't have restrictions except for maybe an endangered species. In the state I live I can't own a piranha or sturgeon but I can own a king cobra or black mamba. Go figure?
I guess what surprised me most was the attitude of those who defend this practice. More than one website had people who stated the "dangers" of owning cats, dogs, and horses. I am sorry, but to compare domesticated animals to wild animals doesn't make sense to me. I do understand people do get bit by dogs, trampled by horses and the dreaded house cat can scratch and bite but if I did get bit by one of my dogs or cats I am not going to need anti venom to save my life. An anti venom of an animal which doesn't live in this area so the local hospital may or may not have it in stock.

Have I been so busy paying attention to the subject that this website addresses most that I have somehow missed the practice of keeping these snakes as pets?

Am I missing something or how can keeping a piranha be more dangerous than a cobra?

If there anyone out there who can help me understand why keep an animal which if it bites you, you will die unless you get the anti venom within a give time.

Republican Small Business Tax Cut Plan

I just heard on NPR that half of the Republican Small Business Tax Cut Plan would go to businesses with under 500 employees making over 1M per year, including law firms, lobby firms and even sports teams.

Has anyone else heard this?

Is the plan designed to be geared toward million dollar businesses or do half of the "small" businesses make that type of money?

When I hear the term "small business" I think of the person who owns the small store, restaurant, garage, or service company doing good to earn $100K a year, not a law firm with 450 employees making several million and certainly not a sports team.

If the definition of small business is simply less than 500 employees without respect to earnings is it time to change the definition?
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