Exotic Pet Trade Research Paper

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“It’s believed that more exotic animals live in American homes than are cared for in American zoos.” (National geo). Determining exactly how many exotic animals are privately owned is impossible. Nineteen states ban private ownership of exotic animals and in five states a permit is not required to own an exotic pet. (Born free map). The exotic pet trade makes it easy for anyone to buy an exotic animal. Exotic animals are not meant to be kept as pets. Owning an exotic animal poses risks to the animal’s well-being, the owner's health, and the safety of the people around them.
Anyone can buy an exotic animal. The exotic animal pet trade is an extremely large business that is harmful to the animals. “Many don’t survive the journey from their homes,

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