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.
Humans are attacked each year by exotic animals, they are mauled by tigers, attacked by monkeys, and also bitten by snakes (A Life). Private ownership of exotic animals is opposed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Department of Agriculture, and a few more associations (A Life). Thousands of tigers are being kept as pets because they are so cheap to buy (Born). Exotic animals can be sold at auctions or pet stores and can even be sold from backyard breeding (Born). To help decrease the
These unnecessary prisons cause harm to animals that were meant to be in the wild and need to be stopped and shut down. Cramped, overcrowded zoos that are not educated on the proper diet and excersize patterns of animals are not a home for these helpless, wild animals. Insufficient and improper diet, insufficient space, boredom and depression, surplus animals, inbreeding, and a lack of educating the public are only some of the issues found in zoos. Zoos do more harm to wild animals than they help the animals. Among several other problems zoos force upon animals, starvation is one.
Their wild instinct makes them unpredictable, so it is impossible to know if they’re going to attack. Another reason people shouldn’t have exotic pets is that they can pass on diseases to their owners. In the wild several species of animals have diseases that are deadly to humans. Exotic pets can easily get sick and die, especially if they aren’t cared for properly. Although many people say that they have exotic pets and they take good care of their pets, most people who have exotic pets don’t realize that there cute baby tiger will need fifty pounds of meat a day, and most people can’t afford to pay the money it takes to make sure their pet is fed properly.
“Don’t take exotic animals away, they are like family to us.” This is what exotic pet owners are saying since January 1st this year when the ban started. The animals included in this list are big cats, alligators ,bears ,and most monkeys. Some people have proposed there should be rules and regulations on the care and keeping of the animals. While the government feels these animals are dangerous, the simple fact is that there is not much evidence to back this up over time. Another problem is that this is a small amount of people controlling how a large amount of people feel on a subject they don't fully understand.
As you know, it is important not to support zoos because they are a major factor in animal cruelty. They provide the animals with unsuitable living conditions. They turn the animals into domestic human dependent creatures. They also lower the animal’s life expectancies due to unsuitable conditions. If we all choose to go to zoos, than wildlife will soon be abolished.
Injury and fatalities are a risk, endangering the community when exotic animals are kept as pets which is yet another reason why owning them should be illegal. Exotic animals carry diseases and infections that can be potentially harmful or fatal to humans, jeopardizing the safety of the community. These diseases range in severity from common ringworm infections from African pygmy hedgehogs to lyssaviruses in p... ... middle of paper ... ...n.d). National Geographic. Retrieved March 20th 2014, from http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/animal-intervention/interactives/exotic-animal-incidents/ Kendall, Jodi.
The primary reason for all this senseless killing is overpopulation. When most shelters cannot discover homes for animals they can no longer keep, the inevitable option is to euthanize them. These shelters do this regardless if the animals are young and healthy. In most cases the animals may also be completely worthy of becoming adopted and the shelters still euthanize these helpless animals (McLellan). Some believe it will be impossible to ever bring a conclusion to this killing of homeless animals and if No Kill animal shelters are the solution.
The abuse that animals endure at human hands is heartbreaking, sickening, and infuriating. Animals are just as delicate as humans, so why not abuse us too? Animal lives should be just important as ours. No animals should be killed or abused for testing, entertaining, clothing, or hoarding. Every year, millions of animals are being killed and torture for testing.
Making the penalties more strict would show people that without diversities of animals these species would become extinct. “The brutality and senseless of the crime had conservation expert concerned that the most dangerous animal in the world had found yet another excuse to slaughter the creatures with whom we share the planet. “The area must be immediately secured”, said Deo Kujirakwinja of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Congo Program, “or we stand to lose an entire population of these endanger animals”,(Begley, Johnson, and Scelfo). This statement means, if humans do not stop abusing animals, like hunting them, would lead to serious problems in the future. Since today many people do not take this subject very seriously, as if it would be if it was happening to humans.