In addition to the cruelty inherent in keeping wild animals captive, wild animals kept as "pets" pose safety and health risks to their possessors and any other person coming into contact with them. Across the country, privately held exotic animals have escaped from their enclosures and freely roamed the community, and have attacked humans and other animals. Children and adults have been mauled by tigers, bitten by monkeys and asphyxiated by snakes. Further, many exotic animals are carriers of zoonotic diseases such as herpes B, salmonellosis and rabies, all of which are communicable — and can be fatal — to humans.
- 10 fast facts about exotic "pets"
- Incidents involving exotic "pets"
- State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals
- Summary of State Laws Relating to Private Possession of Exotic Animals
- Color-Coded Map of Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals (Acrobat PDF)
- Ordinances Regulating Private Possession of Exotic Animals
Born Free USA's investigation into the state of wild animals kept as "pets" in the U.S.
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