Born 2 B Wild

Why animals from the wild shouldn't be kept as pets.

Dangers For People


  • They can kill or harm the owner

  • They can give the owner diseases such as rabies or monkeypox.

  • They can get really big and the owner may not be able to control the animal.

  • The animal could go on a rampage and damage the owners property.

Dangers for animals

  • Baby animals can be irresistibly adorable—until the cuddly baby becomes bigger and stronger than the owner ever imagined. The instinctive behavior of the adult animal replaces the dependent behavior of the juvenile, resulting in biting, scratching, or displaying destructive behaviors without provocation or warning.

  • Despite what animal sellers may say, appropriate care for wild animals requires considerable expertise, specialized facilities, and lifelong dedication to the animals.

  • The global wildlife trade threatens the very existence of some species in their native habitats. When wild-caught animals are kept as pets, their suffering may begin with capture—every year countless birds and reptiles suffer and die on the journey to the pet store.

  • The animal may not be able to survive in a different habitat.

Impact on the enviorment

  • They could become extinct if people keep on taking them out of the wild.

  • The animals may not be able to survive without their habitat.

  • The food and resources they need to survive may not be where you’re going to take them.

What do the experts say

"They're not pets," said Tim Harrison, of Ohio rescue group Outreach for Animals. "That's the sad part. People get the wrong idea watching television shows.

“Here is the problem: across North America, tens of thousands of people who are categorically not experts are keeping dangerous exotic animals like snakes and big cats captive. Whether in a pet store or a human home or a rural backyard, each of those animals is a ticking time-bomb. Say what you will about property rights and freedoms, none of us should have the right to endanger our neighbours and their children because of some predilection for exotic creatures. This isn’t the time to ban these sorts of “pets”; the time to ban them was years ago.”

-quote from Andrew Westoll, who was the winner of the 2012 Charles Taylor prize for his book The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary"

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