Owning Exotic Animals, Is It Ethical?

2102 WordsJan 16, 20119 Pages
Owning Exotic Animals, is it ethical? Many people have pets in their homes such as dogs and cats. However, some people want something a bit more exotic and exciting. When a person thinks of exotic animals, what usually comes to mind? Many people think big cats such as tigers, leopards and bears, but there are more than just those particular animals. What are also included in the exotic groups are the reptiles, amphibians, birds, rodents, other large and small mammals. These animals are not the typical domestic pets such as dogs and cats. Many of these exotic animals are purchased over the internet such as large reptiles and even the big cats and are imported regularly for private collections. These exotic animals are taken from…show more content…
This animal may have escaped or was turned lose into the habitat that is not native to this reptile species. This snake was fortunate to become captive caught rather than shot by local authorities. Many owners of private exotic animals are not aware of the demands these animals need, for the collector did not do in-depth research on a particular exotic animal or the laws and regulations for each state.. The results end up with many of these animals suffering because these needs although sounding simple are not, and cannot be met. Owning an exotic animal is extremely expensive, not only the expense of food, proper housing and environmental enrichment, but the collector also needs to factor in the cost of veterinary care and find out if there is a veterinarian in the area that specializes in these types of exotic animals Exotic animals require a lot of attention they are not just a living decorations that a person has outside or inside their homes. These animals require proper care from people who know how to handle and care for them. They also require an environment that provides enrichment and exercise to prevent the animal from getting bored and to maintain a healthy happy life. Providing these types of enrichments not only is physically healthy but also mentally healthy for the animal. The environment of the enclosure should also
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