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Born to Be Wild

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Can you imagine keeping your dog in a small fish bowl, or keeping a person in a cage? How do you feel if you see rare animals which you may expect to see in wildlife, but you see them in someone’s backyard instead? These are similar to what people do when they keep exotic animals as their pets. Firstly, exotic pets are rare or unusual animals which are not native to the country, but kept in captivity within human households. These animals are generally considered as a wild species, and are not typically kept as pets. According to Born Free USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated in animal protection, only thirteen states ban the private ownership of exotic animals. Millions of them are still allowed to be privately possessed in the U.S without restriction, which showing how poorly these regulations are enforced. Several government-based organizations have also opposed the individual possession of exotic animals (“The Dangers of Keeping Exotic Pets”). Although the owner can take a good care of their welfare, people should not be allowed to own exotic animals because it causes the animals to suffer, it is dangerous for public safety, and it harms public health.
Those who agree to exotic animals’ private possession, argue that it should be legal as long as they are responsible and they can take a good care of the animals. As stated by Dr. Bousfield in his veterinary bulletin, Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary described animal welfare as the avoidance of abuse and exploitation of animals by humans by maintaining appropriate accommodation, feeding, general care, the prevention and treatment of disease, and the assurance of freedom from harassment, and unnecessary discomfort and pain (2). In fact, a survey from Royal Society...

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