Ownership of exotic animals

Research conducted by the World Animal Protection, a U. According the U.

history of exotic animal ownership

However, these laws primarily regulate the importation of exotic animals into the United States and not private possession. While the keeping of animals as pets is centuries old, global trade of wildlife is causing millions of animals around the world to suffer each year.

Dozens of exotic species are kept as pets in the United States. These animals are time bombs waiting to explode.

Exotic animal trade history

In the United States, for example, it is illegal to import non-human primates for the pet trade, but animals bred in captivity exist in the trade, using animals descended from those brought in legally before the ban was enacted. The booming business in exotic pets is known as the exotic pet trade. A flurry of videos posted to YouTube in of slow lorises eating rice balls in captivity, for example , went viral and led to poaching of the wide-eyed primates for the pet trade. As they grow, so do their strength and aggression; some owners and others interacting with the animals have lost fingers and suffered severe facial damage among other injuries sustained in attacks. These laws may outright ban the ownership of wild or exotic animals as pets or only allow those animals to be kept under certain licenses not including pet or private possession i. Persons who possess or work with infected monkeys are presumed to be in constant peril of potentially contracting the virus. Although it is widely acknowledged that non-human primate bites are some of the worst animal bites, little research regarding them exists. What is an exotic pet? Owners of these birds have suffered severed fingers, gauged eyes, and torn lips and ears.

Domesticated pets are familiar to us. Capturing them from the wild, handling them, transporting them, breeding them and life in captivity all cause intense physical and psychological pain.

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Laws vary from state to state on the type of regulation imposed and the specific animals regulated. According to USA Today and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, "Her children and the neighbor's children saw the attack and summoned help, and the neighbor shot and killed the bear while it was atop Walz. There is a considerable risk of monkey B virus from rhesus macaques. If your state, city, or county does not prohibit private possession, contact your state senator and representative or your city and county council members and urge them to introduce legislation banning possession of exotic animals. Capturing them from the wild, handling them, transporting them, breeding them and life in captivity all cause intense physical and psychological pain. The sellers of these animals, however, make no mention of the state or local laws regulating private possession of exotics, or of the dangers, difficulties, physical and physiological needs of the animals they peddle. Some of this trade is legal, but many times animals are captured from the wild illegally to supply demand for exotic pets. The parents were charged with child endangerment and unlawful possession of a dangerous animal. Share this fact sheet with friends and family.

Mammals are the most likely exotic pets to injure or kill humans, with non-human primates topping the list.

Many large cats have escaped from their cages and terrorized communities. For example, chimpanzees are popular in some areas despite their strength, aggression, and wild nature. Moreover, there have been several reported incidences involving strangulation by snakes.

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A grey parrot being used a pet. To keep up with our work to end the exotic pet trade, sign up to receive our email updates. The incident happened Tuesday Oct. The CDC estimates that 93, salmonella cases caused by exposure to reptiles are reported each year in the United States. The Public Health Services Act prohibits the importation of non-human primates and their offspring into the United States after October for any use other than scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes. During , 16 different state health departments reported to the CDC salmonella infections in persons who had direct or indirect contact with pet reptiles, and in , 13 different state health departments reported salmonella infections. Wounds may become infected, with the potential to reach the bone and cause permanent deformity. In addition, salmonella infection can result in sepsis and meningitis particularly in children as well as invade the intestinal mucosa and enter the bloodstream causing septicemia and death. Continue Reading. For example, breeding birds in the Florida Everglades have been in decline since non-native pythons were released into the wild by irresponsible owners.

Owning an exotic pet entails certain risks and expenses and also requires ample time and knowledge and in many cases, applicable permits.

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Exotic pet trade, explained