Born 2 B Wild

Why exotic pets belong in the wild

The Truth About Exotic Pets

Owners, especially of large animals, look upon exotic pets as a status symbol. Others find exotic pets different, unique, a toy. They do not really understand, or care to understand. Those who breed and import these animals are in it most often for the money with little regard for the lives in their hands. Smugglers find unique ways to bring these animals into the country. They stuff them into tubes or put them into bags they tape to their bodies. Once in their owners’ homes, exotic pets continue to suffer. Many die prematurely because their owners have no idea how to replicate the world they came from. Do you really want this to continue? Stop exotic pet trade before it gets worse.

Real Life Cases of Exotic Pet Attacks

  • Kelly Ann Walz from Allentown, Pennsylvania, was killed by her pet black bear. She was cleaning the cage when she turned her back to the bear when it attacked her.
  • Sandra Piovesan was mauled to death by a pack of 9 wolfs she had been raising.
  • A 10 foot long python was reported to have killed a Siberian Husky in Southwest Miami.

Born 2 B Wild Extra Information

Keeping Exotic Pets - Dangers for The Animals

About 1 million iguanas are imported into the USA, and usually within the first year of owning them 800,000 die. Big cats, primates, and bears all have close bonds with their off springs, taking them days or even hours after they are born to hand raise them can emotionally scar them or their mother for life. Final point, Each year, countless birds and reptiles suffer and die on the way to the pet store.

Keeping Exotic Pets - Dangers For The Humans.

People adore little animals, but they grow up. The cuddly kitten is now a scary tiger that is perfectly capable of harming you. Also, when everything important to the animal isn't fulfilled, the animal then becomes stressed and agitated, and have a tendency to lash out at humans when coming into close contact. Also, you never know if that animal has a disease that could be very harmful to humans or other pets.

The Law

Did you know a whopping 20 states has total ban on exotic pets? What about the other states? Well, 12 states require a licence or permit to own an exotic pet. 9 states have partial ban on exotic pets. Finally, only 9 states have no regulations on exotic pets. So there would be a good chance of breaking the law.

What Experts Say

  • Pediatrician Dr. Larry Pickering says exotic pets are growing in popularity and while doctors are aware of pet related hazards, only 5% of doctors educated adults and children of the hazards.
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Department of Agriculture, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have all banned the private ownership of certain exotic animals.
  • "The publicity was not good. ... But the main reason, you want these animals to be taken care of, and they're going to get bigger, and what then. That little one is going to be very cute, but a couple months from now, it's not so cute, it's not so adorable. It can't be running loose." Says Thurman Mullet, co-owner of Mt. Hope Auction house.

The Truth About Exotic Pets

Owners, especially of large animals, look upon exotic pets as a status symbol. Others find exotic pets different, unique, a toy. They do not really understand, or care to understand. Those who breed and import these animals are in it most often for the money with little regard for the lives in their hands.Smugglers find unique ways to bring these animals into the country. They stuff them into tubes or put them into bags they tape to their bodies. Once in their owners’ homes, exotic pets continue to suffer. Many die prematurely because their owners have no idea how to replicate the world they came from.

impact On The Environment From Exporting Exotic Animals

A plant or animal becomes “invasive” when it thrives and reproduces in new surroundings and harms native plants and animals, placing them at risk of extinction. The Gambian rat is an African native that can grow to the size of a raccoon. A few rats were released in 2003, by a pet breeder in the Florida Keys. The rat is yet another threat to Florida’s fragile ecosystem and human life. Gambian rats eat almost anything, including the eggs of endangered birds, snails, crabs, seeds and endangered plant life. Though the imports can start harmlessly as pretty plants or cool pets, far too many wind up in the wild, becoming a growing exotic menace that some say is the single biggest threat to the nation’s protected species.

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