Born to be Wild
By William Segura
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 and who was resed from cudhood by Kelly Ann Walz. Kelly Ann Walz was cleaning the cage where she kept 350-pound Teddy on Sunday night when the bear turned on her and attacked. Walz’s two young children saw the attack and summoned help. A visiting neighbor then shot and killed the bear. Walz, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dangers when wild animals are kept as pets
Dangers for Animals
The animal could become unhealthy
they could become stressed
they could become infected
they could get a disease
they could have a life of confusion
Dangers for people
animals can transfer diseases to people
people could get attacked by them
all macaque monkeys can give you herpes b-virus
90% of all reptiles carry Salmonellosis and can be transferred to humans
"most people with wild animals, they can do quite well for a period of time, but then something suddenly seems to go wrong... This particular chimp was 200 pounds. You're dealing with a 200-pound super strong athlete, and that's potentially a dangerous weapon." said Nicolas Dodman while taking the ABC.
Laws against exotic animals
It is unlawful for persons to possess inherently dangerous animals as "pets." Inherently dangerous animals include, but are not limited to the following orders: Marsupialia (kangaroos); Primates (chimpanzees, gorillas, macaques); Carnivora (canines, felines); Proboscidae (elephants); Crocodylia (crocodiles, alligators, cobras, all poisonous rear-fanged species). Only persons engaged in the wholesale or retail wild animal business or persons exhibiting wild animals to the public will be issued a license to possess inherently dangerous animals.
impact on the environment
"Summary of State Laws Relating to Private Possession of Exotic Animals."Summary of State Laws Relating to Private Possession of Exotic Animals. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <http://www.bornfreeusa.org/b4a2_exoti