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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 21, 2018 Cynthia Knox These magnificent animals belong in the wild (or wildlife sanctuaries), not in the homes or in the yards of the egotistical persons who are ill-equipped to care for them, especially when they mature and become unmanageable.
Apr 21, 2018 Claudia Flores
Apr 21, 2018 Tina Hernandez
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Sabrena Adams
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Debbie Gulickson
Apr 21, 2018 Patricia Whitford
Apr 21, 2018 Heather Bauer
Apr 21, 2018 Judi Bostic
Apr 21, 2018 Mira Kovacic
Apr 21, 2018 Annie McCuen
Apr 21, 2018 Tammy Gross They do not belong as pets first of all it usually ends badly one way or another nd noone can take care of all the specific needs of a wild animal nd they are wild not meant to b tamed nd there nature is n the wild not a human habitat environment
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Lynne Terhune
Apr 20, 2018 Judith Torres
Apr 20, 2018 Janet Franklin 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
Apr 20, 2018 Cathy Yee
Apr 20, 2018 Alicia Aiudi
Apr 20, 2018 Lisa Szlasa
Apr 20, 2018 Juana Mite Leave those animals in their own habitat, please.
Apr 20, 2018 Yvonne Albrecht
Apr 20, 2018 Pamela Pinney
Apr 20, 2018 Linda Short
Apr 20, 2018 Mary Jane McKean
Apr 20, 2018 Carol Browne
Apr 20, 2018 Christine Tremayne
Apr 20, 2018 Francisca Brechbuhler
Apr 20, 2018 Elizabeth Ramirez
Apr 19, 2018 Leeanne Todd
Apr 19, 2018 Bea Jamie
Apr 19, 2018 Lorraine Wolfe
Apr 19, 2018 Patricia Moreno
Apr 19, 2018 Mimi Nguyen
Apr 19, 2018 Jamie Craun
Apr 19, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Apr 19, 2018 ALYSSA DELBRIDGE-RAMOS
Apr 19, 2018 Teresa Muniz
Apr 19, 2018 Edele Heath
Apr 19, 2018 Judy Krish
Apr 19, 2018 Christine Blakely
Apr 19, 2018 suzette wells
Apr 19, 2018 Lorna Roy
Apr 19, 2018 Monique Correa
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Wild animals are not pets. Save their habitat, so they always have a home in the wild.
Apr 19, 2018 Donna Trombley
Apr 19, 2018 Linda Reeves Cross Leave them be!!!!! Leave these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat PLEASE!!!!!
Apr 19, 2018 Elaine Brady
Apr 19, 2018 Holly Kellerbauer
Apr 18, 2018 Maxtla Vázquez

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