Are exotic animals safe to keep?
Recent Exotic Pet Incident
On Nov. 5, 2012, a 2 yr. old boy was killed by African Painted Dogs at a zoo.
- Terry Thompson released 56 animals in 2011
- After releasing these animals, he committed suicide
- 50 of the released animals were killed
- 6 of the released animals taken to columbus zoo+park
Calling for Stricter Laws Against Owning Exotic Pets
- Watch out, Texas has weak laws!
- Resulting from owning exotic pets, a 4 yr. old was mauled by a pet cougar!
- Many people don't know how to properly handle exotic pets
- If the owner is inexperienced with owning exotic animals, the welfare of that animal could be at risk