Born 2 B wild
Say no to exotic pets!!!!!!!!!!!!
Real life stories of keeping exotic pets.
Naming a bear "Teddy" doesn't mean you've done away with its animal instincts -- which the Walz family of Allentown, Pennsylvania, tragically found out when the 350- pound black bear they'd raised since it was a cub attacked and killed 37-year-old Kelly Ann Walz as she was cleaning its cage. Though cages for wild animals often have a section that contains the animal while the other side is cleaned, Walz entered the cage with the bear loose. 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."
Dangers to the animals if you keep them.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have all expressed opposition to the possession of certain exotic animals by individuals. Exotic animals do not make good companions. They require special care, housing, diet, and maintenance that the average person cannot provide. When in the hands of private individuals the animals suffer due to poor care. They also pose safety and health risks to their possessors and any person coming into contact with them.
Dangers to the people who keep them.
Keeping wild and exotic animals as pets threatens public health and safety as well as animal welfare. Wild animals can attack, they can spread disease, and the average pet owner cannot provide the care they need in captivity. From tigers to bears to chimpanzees, these are dangerous wild animals—and in some states it's perfectly legal to keep one as a pet. A new report details dangerous and inhumane conditions at three roadside zoos in Maryland, where experts uncovered filthy conditions and an extreme lack of basic animal care. Captive snakes and other reptiles are difficult and dangerous to care for, and released or escaped snakes wreak havoc on the environment. Often subjected to extreme confinement and neglect, pet lions, tigers, and other big cats have killed 16 people in the U.S. since 1990 and injured hundreds more.
Pet bears suffer immensely in the pet trade, and even those captive-bred and bottle-raised are capable of killing people or inflicting serious injuries. Pet primates, who often suffer long-term deprivation and neglect, grow into aggressive and unpredictable adults who can easily attack and transmit disease.
What is legal and illegal to keeping exotic animals.
Ban on private ownership of exotic animals — non-domesticated felines, wolves, bears, reptiles, non-human primates Partial ban on private ownership of exotic animals — allows ownership of some exotic animals but precludes ownership of the animals listed Requires the "owner" of the exotic animal to obtain a license or permit or to register the animal with state or local authorities to privately possess the animal excludes states only requiring import permits. The state does not require the "owner" to obtain a license or permit to possess the animal within the state, but may regulate some aspect thereof entry permit, veterinary certificate.No person, firm, corporation, partnership or association may possess, sell, offer for sale, import or cause to be brought or imported into the state the following fish or animals: fish from the genus Clarias; fish from the genus Serrasalmus; Black carp; any species of mongoose, any member of the family Cervidae (deer, elk, moose, caribou), species of coyote, fox, raccoon, skunk, wild rodents or wild turkey. However, there are no requirements for a person possessing exotic animals, such as lions, tigers, monkeys. Requires all animals commonly sold in pet shops to have certificates of veterinary inspection if they are brought from outside the state.
What's the impact on the enivorment?
By exotic pets, we mean animals that aren't domesticated like household dogs or cats. Some are wild animals that have been captured in their native habitat; others are bred in captivity. But many of them very bad pets, since more often than not they retain their wild habits without adjusting to a human environment or to captivity. You name it, and somebody somewhere probably has it as a pet. Siberian tigers, African rhinos, Australian parrots, all kinds of monkeys, apes and other primates -- even insects, piranhas, lungfish and poisonous reptiles -- are part of the burgeoning trade in exotic animals. Huge. Some experts estimate the legal trade in exotic animals is a $10 billion annual industry. But the Illegal trade in exotic animals could be double that size, though it's nearly impossible to gauge its economic impact because it operates in secrecy, like much any other organized criminal network. In fact, some critics believe illegal animal trade is more profitable than the international trade in drugs or weapons -- ounce for ounce, some animals are worth more than cocaine. It's a worldwide market, but the two countries most often cited for trade in animals are the United States and China. Over 37 million individual birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles from 163 countries were legally imported to the United States from 2000 to 2004. America is probably responsible for about one-third of the trade in exotic animals. China is also an enormous market, where many animals or animal parts -- shark fins, tiger penises and bear paws -- are thought to have medicinal uses, aphrodisiac qualities or other magical properties.
What do the numbers say?
Turtles, snakes and other reptiles can be carriers of salmonella. Born Free's database lists eight cases in which young children fell ill after contracting salmonella from an exotic reptile pet. Another case of disease transmission involved a 37-year-old man who contracted the fungal disease blastomycosis after being bitten by his pet kinkajou, a rainforest mammal related to the raccoon. Monkey and other primates are dangers to people because they can kill you attack you and also can give you diseases because they come from the wild and also because they can harm you because it has really big teeth and also they can get you. 75 human deaths since it began collecting data. But this number and the number of attacks are likely underestimates, the organization said, because it relies on local and national news reports. Besides deaths and injuries, there's also a chance these animals will transmit deadly infections to humans. "It's not just about bites, scratches or mauling," said Adam Roberts, executive vice president at Born Free USA. "It's also about disease." Reptiles can carry Salmonella bacteria, and monkeys can carry the herpes B virus, both of which can be deadly in humans. Though he had not yet seen the text of Kasich's order, Roberts said, "It's not just about the auctions and people who sell these animals, it's about the people who keep these animals. Nobody should have wild animals," he said. "It's just not worth the risk.