The exotic pet trade is second only to drugs and weapons on the black market and is just as dangerous to the human race. In December 2003, a 10-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pet Bengal tiger at a relative’s house. In February 2009, a pet chimpanzee viciously mauled his owner. In July 2011, a 2-year-old girl was bitten and strangled to death in her crib by her pet python.
You might think these are some pretty extreme examples, but the reality is that stories like these are becoming all too common. According to the National Geographic, 543 people have been attacked by exotic pets.
The harm to humans and the cruelty to these wild animals is only a part of the sad reality of the exotic pet trade.
Last year Americans spent $15 billion on exotic animals while 2.7 million cats and dogs were euthanized due to overcrowding in animal shelters.
What you can do to stop the exotic animal trade. 1) Don’t shop for exotic animals, instead adopt a cat or dog.
2) Report exotic animal abuse.
3) Support legislation that bans the exotic animal trade.
4) Spread awareness of the cruelty inside the exotic pet trade and encourage others to adopt their pets by sharing this infographic (you can embed this graphic on your site by using the html code below).