Wildlife. Not pets
Each year, millions of wild animals are captured from their natural habitats or born into captivity, just to become pets. Our houses are no home for a wild animal. Learn how we’re tackling it
Snakes, parrots, iguanas, tortoises, and even otters – these are just some of the species suffering around the world in the exotic pet trade.
There are legal and illegal sides to the exotic pet trade. But legality doesn’t matter; captive-bred or wild caught – it’s all cruel. And this trade is growing fast.
From capture in the wild, handling, transport, breeding and poor husbandry to a lifetime in captivity – owners are all too often unaware of the horrors their beloved pet may have experienced or the stress that keeping them causes.
Wild animals have complex behavioural, social and physiological needs which make them unsuitable to be kept in domestic environments. No wild animal can have its needs entirely met when kept as a pet.
Simply, the exotic pet trade causes animal suffering on a global scale.
Why shouldn’t wild animals be kept as pets?
- Basic needs not met: A large number of pet snakes, lizards, tortoises and turtles die within one year of becoming a pet
- Cruel captive breeding: Artificial breeding in captivity can cause ball pythons serious genetic defects
- Insufficient nutrition: Captive green iguanas can suffer from soft bones due to poor diet
- Unhealthy human contact: Handling Indian star tortoises can cause them disease and death
- Confined in tiny spaces: African grey parrots fly several miles a day in the wild
These animals suffer long before they reach our homes, too. Many exotic pets suffocate and die in transit before they even reach pet stores. Often, they’re shipped huge distances, and taken to countries vastly different from their original homes.
Shockingly 66% of African grey parrots like the one pictured above die before they even become a pet.
And poachers often kill protective otter parents, so they can capture their young before selling them on.
Get a domesticated pet instead
We know people often purchase exotic pets because they’re animal lovers. Animals bring joy to our lives, so it’s understandable that we’d want them to be part of our home.
Many exotic pet owners, however, are unaware of the suffering their animals endure.
We encourage everyone to appreciate and respect wild animals where they belong – in the wild. We should only share our homes with domesticated animals who’ve evolved over thousands of years to be our companions, and whose needs can be completely met as pets.
Keep an eye on our website, Facebook page, and other social media over the next few months to learn how you can help protect wild animals from the cruel exotic pet trade.
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