Suffering in silence

Our ground-breaking report into the Ball python trade sounds the alarm over the animal welfare crisis faced by Africa’s most legally traded live animal.

Over 45 years, more than 3 million Ball pythons have been exported from Benin, Ghana and Togo – to face a lifetime of misery as an exotic pet. Our report reveals: 

  • Cruel wild capture methods cause stress, disease, infection and death.
     
  • Ball pythons are farmed in West Africa in squalid conditions that create a lethal hotbed of disease.
     
  • Ball pythons in Europe and North America are captive bred and sold at reptile markets in conditions that fail to meet even their most basic needs.
     
  • So-called designer ‘morphs’ selectively bred for their colour patterns can face genetic disorders and deformities. 

These findings are featured in a shocking new documentary, that charts the severe animal welfare concerns at every step of the global trade.  

Suffering in silence