The Weird, Wild World of Skunk Owners


For the past 16 years, North Ridgeville, Ohio, has hosted pet owners from across the country to celebrate what founder Deborah Cipriani claims is the largest skunk convention in the world. This year, VICE's Taji Ameen went to the annual Skunk Fest to check out its competitions and meet dozens of skunk enthusiasts and the descented animals they keep as pets. On this episode of 'American Conventions,' Taji meets the owner of a skunk sanctuary, learns what it takes to be crowned the festival's queen or king skunk, and tries to find out why these feared mammals are becoming beloved pets in people's homes. WATCH NEXT: The Westminster Dog Show... on Acid! - Click here to subscribe to VICE: Check out our full video catalog: Videos, daily editorial and more: More videos from the VICE network: Like VICE on Facebook: Follow VICE on Twitter: Read our Tumblr: Follow us on Instagram: Check out our Pinterest: Download VICE on iOS: Download VICE on Android: