Born 2 B Wild
Keep exotic animals in the wild
By: Eli Kropp
- In Orlando, Florida February 26. 2010 a 12,000 lb Orca whale called Tilikum mauls and kills his trainer Dawn Brancheau at Sea world during a performance.
- In Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania October 5, 2009 A woman is attacked and killed by a black bear she had kept as a pet for nine years. Kelly Ann Walz was cleaning the cage where she kept 350-pound Teddy on Sunday night when the bear turned on her and attacked.
- In Luray, Virginia November 16, 2008 A 15 year old lost her finger to a 5 year old tiger named Star at the Luray Zoo.
Dangers for Pets
- Cans and Garbage
- Fleas and Ticks
- Human medicines
- Foods can be bad
Dangers for humans
- Fatal injury
Whats Legal and not Legal: Washington Laws
- It is illegal to possess any wild animal who naturally lives in the state (squirrels, crows, deer) unless you are transporting the animal to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care.
- It is illegal to provide rehabilitation to a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal without proper permits and licenses.
- It is illegal to possess potentially dangerous wild exotic animals, such as monkeys, bears, tigers and venomous snakes. (Read more about exotic animals)
Whats the impact on the environment
- When you bring new species to a environment the new animal might kill off the rest of the animals.
- And the new species might not be adapted to where it is being moved to.
What do the numbers say
- despite increased public awareness over the past 40 years about the need to spay and neuter pets, 35 percent of pet owners in the U.S. still choose not to do so. Many among this group intentionally choose to breed their pets, either for profit or for what they mistakenly believe to be a “fun” experience. Others choose not to spay or neuter out of ignorance, believing that their pets won’t breed accidentally.
- The number-one reason for pet relinquishment is “moving,” despite the fact that the vast majority of rental properties in the United States are now pet-friendly. For example, in the Denver metro area, 97 percent of managed rental properties allow cats, 93 percent allow small dogs, and 66 percent allow large dogs.
What does the experts say?
- Exotic pets don’t belong in our homes. It’s time for a ban
"Common Household Dangers for Pets : The Humane Society of the United States." RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Feb. 2014. <http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/common_household_dangers_pets.html>.