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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

Jul 17, 2018 Ingeborg Perner
Jul 17, 2018 Davina Gilligan
Jul 17, 2018 Korinne Taylor
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Supplee
Jul 17, 2018 Bridget Roberts
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Dat Tran
Jul 17, 2018 Mary Endred
Jul 17, 2018 Stéphanie MONCADE
Jul 17, 2018 jen elsby
Jul 17, 2018 Marcella Ketcham Wild animals should be free to be wild and live their lives as intended.
Jul 17, 2018 Phillippa Hilsden
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jul 17, 2018 sharon porter
Jul 17, 2018 Deb Harris
Jul 17, 2018 Manuel Cuevas
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Stewart
Jul 17, 2018 Amy Smardz
Jul 17, 2018 Dan Perdios
Jul 17, 2018 Jolyn Weimer
Jul 17, 2018 Sandra Moallemian
Jul 17, 2018 Carls Smithberger
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Sibinovic
Jul 16, 2018 Ash Dani
Jul 16, 2018 Kathy Mason
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2018 Sabrina Wade
Jul 16, 2018 Freya GUTIERREZ Stop just stop these pets have feelings just like you..
Jul 15, 2018 Wendy King
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 Milessa Tanner
Jul 15, 2018 Brandi Gomez
Jul 15, 2018 Charlene Donovan
Jul 15, 2018 Angela Clark
Jul 15, 2018 Rose Murphy Wild animals belong free to roam.
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 Theresa Perruzzi
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 Jina Piccalo
Jul 15, 2018 Jill Toppo People have to be taught that certain animals can not be domesticated - ever.
Jul 15, 2018 Amanda Treece These animals are not pets and can't be expected to act like pets.
Jul 15, 2018 Ashley ODonnell
Jul 15, 2018 Robyn Virga
Jul 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2018 Judy Crocket
Jul 14, 2018 Deirdre Figueroa
Jul 14, 2018 Linda Hurley

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