By Dr. Becker
The exotic pet trade, often called simply the pet trade, is the business of importing and exporting wild animals for sale as pets.
This industry causes suffering to millions of animals, disrupts ecosystems, threatens extinction of entire species, and is a menace to public health and safety.
Among the most common exotics sold in the pet trade are monkeys, birds, reptiles, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, sugar gliders and tigers.
The rise of an exotic animal’s popularity is often tied to the latest trendy TV show, movie or other form of entertainment.
It’s a phenomenon similar to the explosion of poorly bred Dalmatians while the “101 Dalmatians” Disney movie was all the rage, and also the huge increase in the Chihuahua population during the Taco Bell ad campaign featuring a talking dog.
As I discuss often here at Mercola Healthy Pets, adding a new non-human creature to the family isn’t a decision that should be made lightly or impulsively.
Even adopting a commonplace household pet like a cat or dog requires careful research, planning, preparation and commitment. More....