Seamus noted that as part of the education we should bring up the point that cats and dogs are problem species. Once that is mentioned we may as well go outside and start talking to the wall, because nobody else will be listening. Whether or not they are is irrelevant when trying to educate people. If you try to defend your position by undermining their beloved pets, they'll just tune you out.
Sure, conflict breeds press coverage, but burns off quickly and all people remember is that reptile breeders are a bunch of whiners who hate cats and dogs. We don't want that to happen either.
Lots of good points being made here. I like it when a topic gets 6 pages long and nobody's ripping someone else a new one