Exotic Animal Research Paper

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Why it Should be Illegal to own Exotic Animals as Pets
Have you ever been ripped away from your home or taken away from your family for no exact reason? Well, this is exactly how some animals are being savagely taken from their natural habitat in the wild, just to be used as pets. According to the Humane Society of the United States, “the exotic pet trade is a multi-billion dollar industry and has been around for many years.” These owners make their money by using websites and magazines to advertise these exotic pets such as wild cats, birds, meaning cougars, tigers, macaws, etc. I believe that it is inhumane to take these animals from their natural habitat and use them for our pleasure and our supposed “needs”.

First of all, these exotic animals are prone to diseases which are safety hazards towards humans. These diseases and illnesses range from monkeypox to Herpes B. bornfreeusa.org states,”Many exotic animals are carriers of zoonotic diseases, such as Herpes B, Monkey Pox, and Salmonellosis, all of which are transmittable to humans.” The scientific name for Herpes B is Macacine herpesvirus 1, in which 80 to 90 percent of monkeys have it. It is harmless to monkeys but often fatal to humans. Herpes B can be found in saliva or genital areas of monkeys. Herpes B is caused because of stress or during
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Some exotic animals are simply released in a desperate attempt to get rid of them in a delusion that they will be better off in the wild. The fact is, if they are put back in the wild they will not be able to survive because they are by themselves and have not been exposed to this kind of habitat. If people are actually thinking about buying exotic animals they have to remember that these precious animals require particular care, housing, diet, and maintenance. Personally, I believe that it is wrong to release animals just to get rid of having a

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