Born to be Wild

By: Ryan Breeden

Real Life Story

A man in a small Ohio town had a zoo with tons of wild animals such as Bears, Lions, Tigers, Cougars and Wolves. His animals broke out of the cages and the man who owned the zoo killed himself. Then the tons of dangerous animals scavenged the town. Hundreds of police officers had to shoot the animals. It took all night to shoot them.

Dangers of keeping exotic pets.

There aren't only dangers for us such as diseases and attacks, there are dangers for the animals. The dangers are that they don't adjust well to the captivity, there is often de-clawing or tooth pulling and they can't get medical care if they are sick.

Laws about exotic pets

Three laws such as The Endangered Species Act, the Public Health Service Act, and the Lacey Act primarily regulate the importation of exotic animals into the United States and not private possession. In the Lacey Act people with the possession of illegal exotic pets may be prosecuted. In Wisconsin exotic pets are allowed.

Impact on the Environment

Without some of the wild animals in the wild there are overgrows in animal populations. Also, The food chain is broken without these animals in the wild.

What experts and the numbers say

Born Free has documented 75 human deaths since it began collecting data. But this number and the number of attacks are underestimates, the organization said, because it relies on local and national news reports. Also, the AMVA says Large wild and exotic cats such as lions, tigers, cougars, and leopards are dangerous animals and because of these animals’ potential to kill or severely injure both people and other animals, an untrained person should not keep them as pets.