Looking to buy a wild animal as an exotic pet? Hopefully we can change your mind.
Hungry African grey parrots: They require as much attention as a human toddler. You'll have your hands full day and night with these intelligent animals.
Sickly Asian otters: In captivity, many of these aquatic animals develop painful health problems. Get ready for a sick pet and big vet bills
Dying Indian star tortoises: An incredibly high number of pet tortoises die within the first year in the home. Who'd want to lose their pet so soon?
It's simple: no wild animal can have its needs entirely met when kept as a pet.
Ripped from their homes
Poachers often kill protective otter parents, so they can capture their young before selling them on.
Often, parrots destined for the exotic pet trade have been stolen from the wild and have endured immense suffering, such as having their flight feathers chopped off and being crammed into tiny, filthy containers. The majority will die in transit.
Stress and self harm
Pet African grey parrots often rip out their own feathers due to stress and boredom. Being trapped in the unnatural environment of a home has serious psychological consequences.
Indian star tortoises are sensitive creatures. Handling them can cause horrible disease and even death.
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