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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 13,710
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

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

Jun 21, 2018 Barbara Tippett Please. They need to be in the wild
Jun 21, 2018 Marianne Stottlemyer
Jun 21, 2018 Margaret Murphy Animals ARE just as important as humans and need to be kept safe in their natural habitat. Humans need to STOP being selfish!
Jun 21, 2018 Jeanetta Walton It's wrong and you know it, stop
Jun 20, 2018 Vicki Brenner
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Catherine lynne Kearney
Jun 19, 2018 Ashley Brough
Jun 19, 2018 Paola DeCastro
Jun 19, 2018 Raquel Biyd
Jun 19, 2018 Tracey Loyd These animals do not survive well as pets. Wouldn't it be amazing if people would just leave them alone!
Jun 19, 2018 Jennifer Valle
Jun 19, 2018 Alanna Maurina
Jun 19, 2018 beni haad
Jun 19, 2018 Maria Manzo
Jun 19, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Jun 19, 2018 Amy Pfaffman
Jun 19, 2018 Dawn Bailey
Jun 18, 2018 Silvia Sanchez
Jun 18, 2018 Jessica Geiger
Jun 18, 2018 Donna Sexton
Jun 18, 2018 Sandra Underwood
Jun 18, 2018 Jani King
Jun 18, 2018 mary hundertmark
Jun 18, 2018 Deana Shank
Jun 18, 2018 Susan Decker
Jun 18, 2018 Elsie de Rivero
Jun 18, 2018 Cynthia Lantz
Jun 18, 2018 Mary Roberson Animals deserve to live in their natural environment. Laws should be passed to keep people from buying them and not treating them right. They suffer!!
Jun 18, 2018 Stephanie Bonney
Jun 18, 2018 Lesa Allen
Jun 18, 2018 Bobbi Jo Buttram It all needs to STOP!!!!! Love love all animals!!!!
Jun 18, 2018 Patricia Mullaly
Jun 18, 2018 Marnie Miller
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Daliz Radcliffe
Jun 17, 2018 Jennifer Konkle
Jun 17, 2018 Ann Hernandez
Jun 17, 2018 Shelly Farguson
Jun 17, 2018 Mary Di Domenico
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Carol Lively
Jun 17, 2018 Holly LaBrode
Jun 17, 2018 J Tran
Jun 16, 2018 Kim Leslie
Jun 16, 2018 Robin Woolley
Jun 16, 2018 Nancy Berghold
Jun 16, 2018 Sheryl Hart
Jun 16, 2018 Lorraine Beavon

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