Exotic animals pose serious health risks to human beings. Many exotic animals carry zoonotic diseases, such as herpes B, monkey pox and salmonellosis, all of which are transmissible to humans. A large percentage of macaque monkeys carry the herpes B virus. In addition, the NHES notes that exotic pets raised in captivity are “genetically the same as their wild brothers”.
When I entered the exotic bird building with hundreds of birds of different species, I saw an African lion cub hidden in a dog cage under one of the bird tables. I had never seen an exotic animal auction and decided to go see first hand what it was about. If you're not a person who could or would want to buy an exotic animal, promise to be very careful not to accidentally support influential people who brag about their exotic pet to influence social media. Turning exotic animals into pets without having the capacity, knowledge and resources to care for them properly causes pain, suffering and threats to people and other animals. Confused or lax regulation makes the market for exotic pets vulnerable to illegal or unethical practices that negatively affect animal welfare and pose dangers to humans, other animals and the ecology of their new homes.
While some “exotic” animals, such as bearded dragons, small boa constrictors, and some birds, can live safely and happily with responsible pet owners, other species have a harder time adapting. Instead, use your influence to educate others about why buying an exotic pet is the exact opposite of caring for wildlife. It may seem like they live a life full of laughter with human families, but exotic pets are often the result of a cruel and deadly trade. Exotic animals, especially those extracted from nature, tend to carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans and, due to lax rules for transporting or raising exotic species, most animals are not tested for diseases before being adopted and brought home. The exotic pet trade separates wild animals from their homes and families, altering ecosystems and bringing endangered species closer to extinction.
Having an exotic pet isn't right for everyone and not all animals are suitable for being pets, but for some people, the challenges are offset by the unique rewards offered by a rare pet. The term “exotic animal” generally refers to wild animals that are not native to that area, that are relatively rare, or that are rare to keep. This exposure can increase popularity and influence other people to buy exotic pets, leading to more animals being killed, tortured and abandoned by people who cannot care for them, in addition to transmitting new diseases to humans. An exotic animal is less likely to become an invasive animal in a climate that doesn't fit its natural habitat. Research is vital when thinking about an “exotic” pet, although it can be more difficult to find information about a rare animal and, therefore, to decide if its unique needs are well suited to your lifestyle. Exotic pets can be dangerous if not properly cared for or if they carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
It is important for potential owners of exotic pets to understand the risks associated with owning these animals before making a decision. Responsible pet owners should research the animal they are considering adopting thoroughly before making any commitments. The best way to protect yourself from potential health risks associated with owning an exotic pet is by educating yourself on the animal's needs before bringing it home. Researching the animal's natural habitat and diet is essential in order to provide it with a safe environment in which it can thrive. Additionally, potential owners should ensure they have access to veterinary care that specializes in treating exotic animals. In conclusion, owning an exotic pet can be rewarding but also carries certain risks.
It is important for potential owners of these animals to understand these risks before making any commitments. Responsible pet owners should research the animal they are considering adopting thoroughly before making any commitments in order to ensure they have access to veterinary care that specializes in treating exotic animals.