The exotic community are really banding together right now, in honour of Vader, and I’m so proud of everyone. As a bit of a step up, I have emailed Ellen Degeneres to help us spread Vader’s story so that it doesn’t happen to anyone else. I am just one person though, so without help, it may not be heard. I have written up a short piece and emailed it to her. Anyone who loved Vader and was disgusted by how he and his mum was treated, I urge you to email as well. As some of you might know, Tara has been slammed by local newspaper and TV reports that only tell one side of the story. This may not work, and it may not be much, but it’s a step to get her side heard by one of the most influential women in Hollywood.
I added the photo of Vader that I’ve included in this post, but I feel like if everyone adds one, whichever one they like, they will see how amazing he was. In the subject, I added the following:
"This is Vader the silver fox, and with 10,000 fans on Tumblr, he is what you would call Tumblr famous. On the 20th of February, Minot (ND) police illegally entered his owner’s (Tara and Eric) home to seize Vader, on the basis of an anonymous tip that someone had been bitten by Vader. This comes after his owner got an anonymous threat by someone that said they would claim he bit them. Despite his owner’s offering to put him in the travel crate, police cornered Vader and grabbed him around the neck, ultimately signing his death sentence when Vader bit the police officer’s glove. There has been no proof of the initial bite, and no proof the officer’s glove had been pierced. The next day, police showed up again at Tara’s doorstep and handed her Vader’s collar with a smirk on his face. Vader was killed.
The police are now covering up the story with numerous changes to the police report, even after admitting that the police officer handled situation badly, and an apology was issued by the DoH to Tara and Eric. Other sources are slamming his owners based off the police report alone, without getting their side of the story. Tara deserves to have Vader’s story heard.
Vader has never shown any aggression. He was the light of his owner’s, and many others, life.
The exotic pet community, as well as all Vader’s fans are in despair and outrage that this occurred. We as a force are appealing to you, Ellen, to get Tara and Vader’s story widespread. No one deserves to have their baby taken off them like this, and Tara at least deserved a chance to say goodbye to Vader. Vader was a perfect example of a well raised, well cared for exotic pet. Tara herself was an advocate for responsible pet ownership.
Please view the links below, for his Tumblr, and a memorial video for Vader by his mother, Tara.
Tara can be found on facebook under Tara Hiatt, North Dakota, or via Vader’s tumblr. As a fellow animal lover, please help us in our plight.”
You can email her at:
or you can go to the link above and fill out the form. There is a character limit so the above statement won’t fit, but you write your two cents worth in your own words.
I have followed Vader’s blog for some time. From all accounts he was a sweetie. I can’t imagine what I would do if the police burst into my home and stole my pet away from me. They didn’t even give his owner a chance to say goodbye. And all of this based on an anonymous tip that was never validated. It’s just horrible.