I agree with much of what you said. But there is more of it that I would like to bring you up to speed on.
Asymptomatic carriers is a wives tale that is not backed by science. Every unvaccinated skunk used in a control group
and infected with rabies as a test died in a shorter time than the species' known gestation period. No mom, no kit, all died, none born infected. (sad, but necessary to test vaccine)
As far as a vaccine goes, there are only nine species of mammals with a USDA approved vaccine. The rest use an effective one. The only difference between effective
is dead animals and money, but with uneducated extremists in the animal rights
movements, companies are not likely to further studies. You would not either if psycho's
were sending you death threats. Canada has proven the effectiveness of Imrab3. US politics make licensing very difficult here. We tend to care more about reputation and money than the betterment of the animals.
Striped skunks were the first domesticated companion animals in the US. They have been raised in captivity for over 200 years. The longest running family farm
has been in business rabies free for over 65 years. The difference in these
and the wild
ones can be explained by color mutations and domestic behavior. This is the same as your domestic dog breeds. If the quarter horse is America's horse, the domestic skunk is America's pet.
According to what you are saying, ferrel cats are wild. And, according to the US CDC, a far greater risk
to human health. Don't get me wrong, I love cats, but they are at the top of the CDC's list for rabies in domestics.
Everyone knows ban laws do not work. Criminals will remain criminals. Prohibition policies have always proven to inspire illegal taking from the wild, black market trade, and a very alarming lack of vetrenary care for the animal banned.
You are right about one thing though, a person should do considerable thought and planning before allowing themselves to be adopted
by a domestic skunk. They are cute, but not for everyone. I agree with you about leaving wild skunks in the wild though. Thet are a risk and should be left only to careful reaserchers
By the way, please state your sources if you are going to rant.