Exotic Pets, By Lauren Slater Essay

1804 Words Dec 9th, 2015 8 Pages
Numerous people believe owning an exotic pet, such as a tiger or a lion would be fine, since some people view these exotic animals as normal average pets. However, not many Americans take into consideration the effects these exotic animals can cause to humans and to the animals themselves. In National Geographic, the author of the article,“Exotic Pets”, Lauren Slater, presents a graph to show that 66% of exotic animals are owned privately, 28% of the animals are owned by the zoo, and 6% of the animals are owned by the circus. The percentages shown above represent the total amount of exotic pets being held captive without a license or a permit, which is 96%, from 1990 all the way up to 2013. This statement alone gives the following ongoing question: “Should people be allowed to own exotic pets?”. With this question many people lean towards not allowing exotic animals to be owned. Some of the reasons are as follows: the risk of public safety, the risk of the public 's health, and cruelty towards the animals in general. The exotic animal pet trade first began with backyard breeding during the 1960’s and 1970’s, but quickly turned the trade into something much larger. In Born Free USA , in the article “The Dirty Side of the Exotic Animal Pet Trade”, Adam M. Roberts, the chief executive officer, states, “Very little protection exists for these captive-bred animals whose offspring contribute to the abundance of exotic animals entering the pet trade. The majority of state…

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