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Call on the USDA to properly define an exotic pet and to revise the Animal Welfare Act to ban exotic pet ownership in the USA.

Wild animals like tigers, cheetahs, lions, primates, and even reptiles are being taken from the wild as pets across the world. Not only do these kinds of animals not belong in a domesticated environment, they are actually dangerous, and suffer greatly by being abused as "pets."

Around 5,000 tigers alone are estimated to be held by private individuals (1), but since most states don't keep accurate records on exotic animals that enter their state, it has become almost impossible to know how many animals are being kept in homes.

Exotic animals do not make good pets. They need incredibly specialized care, housing, diets, and freedom that people simply will never be able to provide. Cheetahs for example, have territorial ranges that can exceed 300 square miles (2). Animals that are used to being able to travel across the plains of the Serengeti whenever they please, will only suffer by being kept inside of a house.

The vast majority of people who seek out wild animals to have as "pets" in their home, do so because they think it's "cool" or many times just as a statement to their wealth (3). What they don't think about however, is how it is almost impossible to truly domesticate a wild animal.

Wild animals will always have wild needs. Even animals like parrots have not been domesticated over thousands of years like dogs and cats, making it impossible for them to live under human care (4). Trying to keep an exotic animal just because it looks cool or because you want to show how much money you have is not worth the toll it takes on the animals themselves. It needs to stop.

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To The United States Department of Agriculture,

Exotic animals are being illegally bought, traded, and brought into the United States to be kept by people as “pets.” These animals however are taken from the wild where they have lived for hundreds of generations, making them impossible to domesticate.

Not only are these animals incredibly dangerous to be kept inside of a private home, but they also suffer greatly under human care. They all have extremely delicate needs in regards to their food, their environment, and the care they require. They are wild animals and will always behave as such.

We are asking you to take a strong stance on this serious problem by making very specific guidelines on what is and isn't considered an exotic pet. We also need you to revise the Animal Welfare Act to ban exotic pet ownership across the entire United States so that these animals no longer suffer in the hands of human owners.

Unless these actions are taken, people will continue to buy, sell, and trade animals that are taken from their homes and families in the wild, and abusing them for their own gratification.


Petition Signatures

Mar 19, 2018 Kimberly Tomey
Mar 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2018 Candice C
Mar 19, 2018 Brigid Corr Exotic animals should NEVER be pets. They should be left alone in the wild where they belong! Humans in homes are not capable nor equiped to take care of full grown exotic animals. They end up abused and discarded. It is selfish and cruel to even attempt.
Mar 19, 2018 Karton Weston
Mar 19, 2018 Nicole Hadjieva
Mar 19, 2018 Silvana Ryan
Mar 19, 2018 Silvana Bilbao
Mar 19, 2018 Alessandro Romeo
Mar 19, 2018 Barbara Cahoone
Mar 19, 2018 Betty Camillo
Mar 19, 2018 Melissa O'Rourke
Mar 19, 2018 Lori Montoya So fricken stupid that ANY government would allow this!! You people are sickening!
Mar 18, 2018 Shana BRIGGS
Mar 18, 2018 Julie Audette Wild animals are not meant to be domesticated
Mar 18, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 18, 2018 Lisa Hiler
Mar 18, 2018 Mahria Marion
Mar 18, 2018 Yvonne Tota
Mar 18, 2018 Sandra Clark
Mar 18, 2018 Dorothy Dandrea
Mar 18, 2018 Rhoda Slanger
Mar 18, 2018 Patty Collett
Mar 18, 2018 Lesley Adamson Wild animals are not pets. They suffer from not being in their natural environment.
Mar 17, 2018 Ingrid Lehmann
Mar 17, 2018 Sierra Stevens
Mar 17, 2018 Whitney Sanders
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 Shelly Covington
Mar 17, 2018 Tessa Richarde Exotic animals should be kept in their natural habitats! It is cruel to take them away from their environment!
Mar 17, 2018 Casie Jones *
Mar 17, 2018 Susan Strader
Mar 17, 2018 Vittorio Renda
Mar 17, 2018 Jocelyn Lowell
Mar 17, 2018 Diane Bielewicz
Mar 17, 2018 Greta Garza
Mar 17, 2018 Cathryn Welch
Mar 17, 2018 Candy Stepan
Mar 17, 2018 James Hyatt
Mar 17, 2018 Lauri Rice
Mar 17, 2018 claudine gillard
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) wild animals do not adapt to apartment life. they are wild. leave them that way.
Mar 17, 2018 Melissa Roberson If everyone would react with outrage and disgust towards the thoughtless and cruel people who keep a wild animal as a pet or to make money off their suffering in the name of entertainment this horror would end.
Mar 17, 2018 Darlene Henry
Mar 17, 2018 Dawn Thomas
Mar 17, 2018 Carolyn Abner
Mar 17, 2018 Brent Pennell
Mar 17, 2018 Fabiola Garcia
Mar 16, 2018 Heather Kaufman
Mar 16, 2018 Cindy Hubbell

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