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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.


Petition Signatures

Jun 24, 2018 Kathleen Beale
Jun 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2018 Alaetra Dorsa
Jun 23, 2018 Dawn Wood Walters
Jun 23, 2018 Kim Stewart Please stop this type of abuse. Some wild animals are near extinction in the wild don't allow people to own these animals.
Jun 23, 2018 Diana Grob
Jun 23, 2018 Karen C Let wild animals be wild!
Jun 23, 2018 Joan Johannes
Jun 23, 2018 Dianna Quaintance
Jun 23, 2018 debbie bennett
Jun 23, 2018 Raye Brofford Sadness.
Jun 23, 2018 Megan Carmichael
Jun 23, 2018 Joy Brietzke
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2018 Jennifer Peroli
Jun 23, 2018 Sylvie Boileau
Jun 23, 2018 LaQuita Royal
Jun 23, 2018 Nicole Walsh
Jun 23, 2018 Nicole Knudsen
Jun 23, 2018 Rita Underwood
Jun 23, 2018 Cheryl Hannon Stop this from happening
Jun 23, 2018 Maxine Macaulay
Jun 22, 2018 Sarah Mitchell
Jun 22, 2018 Naomi Passenier
Jun 22, 2018 Sjaak Vink
Jun 22, 2018 Noah Esajas
Jun 22, 2018 Indy Dune Please stop this abuse of this beautiful animals. They are no toys for rich people.
Jun 22, 2018 Inez Roelse
Jun 22, 2018 Cindy Galvan
Jun 22, 2018 Salvana Mendez
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) I think no one should be taking these beautiful WILD animals out of their invironment to satisfy your ego. They are WILD & DANGEROUS!! Please stop everyone from doing this!!!!
Jun 22, 2018 Amanda Maas
Jun 22, 2018 Rayna Rogerson
Jun 22, 2018 Kathy Goss Taking wild animals out of their natural environment is wrong. Its abuse, slavery, captivity. Its just quite simply wrong. Its inexcusable. Please, I beg everyone, dont support this.
Jun 22, 2018 Vonda Chavez
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Anna Surban
Jun 22, 2018 Debbie Adams
Jun 22, 2018 Val Yates
Jun 22, 2018 Linda Graham
Jun 22, 2018 Marie Delagarza
Jun 22, 2018 Christina Thursby Save theses beautiful animals
Jun 22, 2018 Eva DeRoche
Jun 22, 2018 Roberta Bernardini
Jun 22, 2018 Jeannie Davus I wish I could save every animal I would
Jun 21, 2018 Kristin Marcum
Jun 21, 2018 Susan Sallter
Jun 21, 2018 Kathy Branch
Jun 21, 2018 DIANA OWENS KWASNY leave them alone god gave us this gift to enjoy their beauty dont touch them they are gods creatures not yours karma is a bitch and if you dont understand to leave them alone when you go to hell you will
Jun 21, 2018 Roxanne Donohue

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