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Essay On Pet Ownership

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In most places owning a dog or cat is second nature, but what about a tiger, bear or maybe python? Exotic pet ownership is far from having a clear right or wrong answer but it is in need of a ban for both the protection of animal and owner. For exotic pet owners, owning a wild beast insures a sense of power and uniqueness. It is also their way of contributing to the conservation of a species by having a “backup population” once human population growth and habitat destruction has resulted in extinction (Slater 113). But in reality the ownership of wild animals as pets only helps to damage already fragile ecosystems, both the one from which they came from and the new one in which they find themselves. Captivity strips an animal of a natural life in the wild, free of confinement and unsuitable care. Finally, the risks to humans are very large; injuries inflicted from exotic pets are dangerous and possibly deadly. Bans vary from state to state, ranging from no ban to partial ban to complete ban, but even in states with full bans, exotic pet ownership still occurs. Private ownership of an exotic animal as a pet should be banned in the US, due to disruptions in ecosystems, the dangers that wild animals are exposed too, and the risks to the owners of these pets.
When animals are voluntary or involuntary let into the wild many native species can become threatened by animals that, in the foreign ecosystem, have no natural predators. The ecosystem from which an animal comes can be damaged by the severe depletion of that species. Today there are more tigers in captivity then there are in the wild in Asia (Slater 106). Exotic animals can also feast on species to a point of extinction if there are no natural predators to maintain the wild exot...

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...of exotic species, inadequate confinements and risks that the animals are exposed to, and the dangerous risks to humans. Millions of animals are illegally smuggled into the United States each year; this produces grave consequences, resulting in the possible destruction of fragile ecosystems. Equally important is the suffering that animals face when they are impulsively bought, just to be discarded when they become too big a burden. Finally, when exotic animals are held in private residences human safety and health are in jeopardy. There is no denying the magnificence of a wild animal, but what if it is removed from nature to be made a pet in a cage? Does it still hold that same beauty? The answer is simple, no. Nature can never be seen in an animal staring behind bars, because the moment it is placed in a cage our connection through it to the natural world is lost.
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