I agree with you, Dawnell 100,000 %!!! People have to have a license to drive, sometimes to work, everything is so regulated, and yet this part of our culture is so neglected!!!! People should earn the privilage of 'owning' another living being, not have it taken away long after the damage has been done.
The idea of feeding someone's former pet to a snake, bear, lion or monitor is just shocking enough that people will fight against it and possibly come up with better ideas, it definately would increase awareness like you wouldn't believe. Maybe people would think twice about letting their animals breed; about putting those free puppies and kitties ads in the newspapers; hopefully, it'll make them think of small ways they can contribute... like just being a responsible pet owner in the first place!