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Exotics as pets

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The trade in exotic animals is a multi billion dollar industry, and the millions of exotics kept captive in homes, roadside zoos and menageries across the U.S. are its’ victims.

It is impossible for anyone to properly care for an exotic animal, and all the environmental enrichment in the world, won’t allow for their physical and psychological needs.

Incredibly, many states allow people to keep them in their homes or backyards, no questions asked.

Not only do these animals suffer, they also pose a public safety risk. Many are carriers of various zoonotic diseases, which can be fatal to humans.

What about crossing the path of an escaped or released animal?

Sadly, a typical scenario sees the owners unable to care for what is, essentially, a wild animal. They either, lock them away in a basement and neglect them, kill them, or release them into the wild.

For more information about the exotic animal trade, visit Born Free USA

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