As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it’s not surprising that people are increasingly interested in exotic animals as pets. Wildlife trade is a multimillion-dollar industry, and many people view having an exotic animal as a status symbol. While there are some benefits to keeping exotic animals as pets, there are also a number of serious risks involved.
Exotic animals are often wild animals that have been captured or bred in captivity for the pet trade. They may be stolen from the wild, or their parents may have been captured and then killed. Many of these animals are not domesticated, and they can be dangerous to humans and other animals.
There are also significant welfare concerns associated with keeping exotic animals as pets. These animals often suffer in captivity, as they are not well-suited to living in a human home. They may be confined to small spaces, and they may not receive the proper nutrition or care. This can lead to a number of health problems, including mental distress.
If you’re considering keeping an exotic animal as a pet, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re prepared to meet the animal’s needs. Exotic animals are not suitable for everyone, and many of them require special care and attention.
Animals are adorable, but not all have been domesticated to serve as pets. Dogs are considered the best friend of a man, while cats are thought to be an elderly lonely lady’s response to everything. Everyone desires a tiger or lion for their own personal pride and glory. Although individuals should not be permitted to keep exotic animals as pets, people should not be prevented from doing so either. Exotic animals can put the animal in danger, endanger the owner, and endanger the community.
There are two ways an animal can become an exotic pet, by being born in the wild or by being born in captivity. animals that are born in captivity and sold as pets are still considered to be part of the wildlife. Wildlife is everything that is undomesticated, which includes all plants, animals, and other organisms that grow or live wild in an area without being introduced by humans (“Wildlife”). Most exotic animals in the pet trade come from the wild. Wildlife trade is a big business where different countries buy and sell live animals and their body parts on the global market.
The Wildlife Conservation Society states that “the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network has recorded more than 7,000 seizures of illegally traded wildlife products since 2014, with a value of nearly $150 million. These numbers only reflect animals that were caught; many more are likely to have gone undetected” (WCS). Wildlife trade is not only cruel to the animal but is also illegal in many countries. Many exotic animals brought into the pet trade die from stress, malnutrition, and disease while they are being smuggled (WCS).
The second way an animal can become an exotic pet is by being born in captivity. While this may seem like it would be better for the animal, it is not. The Wildlife Conservation Society says that “the majority of so-called captive-bred animals are actually wild caught.
Even when facilities claim to breed their own stock, they often obtain their “breeding stock” from the wild—so the animals are still technically wild caught” (WCS). This is done because it is cheaper to buy a wild animal and breed it in captivity than to breed the animal in captivity. This means that the animals are still being taken from the wild and are not being bred in captivity.
Some people may think that owning an exotic animal is cool or that it makes them unique, but they do not realize the consequences of their actions. Owning an exotic animal can cause an endangerment to the animal, an endangerment to the owner, and an endangerment to the community.
An example of how owning an exotic pet can cause an endangerment to the animal is by the animal not getting the proper nutrition that it needs. Many exotic animals have very specific diets that can be hard to duplicate in captivity. This can lead to malnutrition and health problems for the animal. Animals in the wild get exercise and are able to roam freely, but captive animals are often confined to small cages where they do not get enough exercise.
This can cause health problems for the animal as well. Another way owning an exotic pet can cause an endangerment to the animal is by the stress of being in captivity. Many animals in captivity show signs of stress, such as pacing back and forth, self-mutilation, and aggression. These behaviors can lead to health problems for the animal.
Decades ago, people began showing interest in owning exotic animals as pets. They also started trading these animals among each other. According to the article,”Inside the Exotic Pet Trade,” by states, “The practice of importing and exporting wild animals as pets has been happening for decades, and often, entertainment fads determine which wild animals are the Pets de jour” (1).
Wildlife is being brought into the pet industry, and many people do not see the harm in it. Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar international black market trade that deals in live animals. These animals are often captured from the wild and sold as pets, for food, or for their body parts. Wildlife trafficking is one of the largest illegal trades in the world and is having a devastating effect on global biodiversity.
The exotic pet trade is a billion-dollar global industry that takes advantage of wildlife enthusiasts who want to own unique pets. Many of these animals are captured from the wild and smuggled into the United States, where they are sold through unregulated channels such as the Internet, pet stores, flea markets, and reptile conventions.
Throughout the pet trade, many different species of exotic animals became fashionable. In the 1980s, because to the popular television series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle,” exotic turtles became very popular (1). They are, however, quite dangerous. According to The Humane Society of the United States, all reptiles and amphibians carry salmonella and more than 74,000 cases have been reported so far (1).
They also found that one in three households with children under the age of five have reptiles or amphibians (“Inside” 1). These pets are not good for young children because they can easily pass on diseases.
Another animal that became popular, is the sugar glider. They are a small marsupial that is native to Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea (“Exotic Pets” 1). Sugar gliders are nocturnal so they are very active at night. They grow to be about six to seven inches long and their tail is half the length of their body (“Exotic Pets” 1). They live an average life span of twelve years in captivity (“Exotic Pets” 1). They are very social animals so they need to be around other sugar gliders or they will become depressed.
Chimpanzees are also popular exotic animals, but they are not good pets. Chimpanzees can live up to 60 years in captivity (“Exotic Pets” 1). When they reach adulthood, they can become aggressive and strong (“Exotic Pets” 1). In the wild, chimpanzees live in groups of about fifty other chimpanzees (“Exotic Pets” 1). They are very social animals so when they are alone, they can get depressed.