Exotic Pets

When wild animals are taken from their natural habitat or are bred in captivity for the purpose of being kept as pets, their basic behavioural and physiological needs are often not met. This results in many animals experiencing poor welfare and immense suffering.

Like with wild animals used in tourism, the extent and number of animals suffering is often unclear, therefore investigation into the problem is essential to stop the trade in exotic animals, and changes to legislation are needed to bring an end to the purchasing and breeding of exotic animals. If you are interested in the issues associated with exotic pets and how your expertise could help reduce the numbers of wild animals being kept as pets, explore these resources. 

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