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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

Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Katherine Oson
Feb 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2018 Susan Harmon
Feb 20, 2018 Kimberley Cloukey
Feb 20, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
Feb 20, 2018 Ninoush Samimi
Feb 20, 2018 Christine Blake
Feb 20, 2018 James Brown
Feb 19, 2018 Tracy Constant
Feb 19, 2018 Renee Korman
Feb 19, 2018 Lisa Rastatter
Feb 19, 2018 frances depaolo
Feb 19, 2018 Deborhah CallCalloway
Feb 19, 2018 Barbara Merritt
Feb 19, 2018 Gail Nobles
Feb 19, 2018 shirley boyce
Feb 19, 2018 Janine Smithingell Exotic animals are dangerous as pets. I dont wish for one to live in any backyard..anywhere..look what happened in Zanesville Ohio...a man let out 80 big cats and committed suicide..this is a fkrm of terrorism..exotic are cats not pets!
Feb 19, 2018 Ilana Krug
Feb 19, 2018 Cathleen and Arthur Lichliter All of the abuse of animals need to be stopped.
Feb 19, 2018 Norma Peet
Feb 19, 2018 Jenny Fortsch
Feb 19, 2018 PEGGY MORRIS
Feb 19, 2018 Bettina Lorenz
Feb 19, 2018 Kathy Williams
Feb 19, 2018 Rachael Pappano
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Jeanette Hurley
Feb 19, 2018 Joy Burroughs
Feb 19, 2018 Janet Smith
Feb 18, 2018 Alba Raudales
Feb 18, 2018 Jennifer Blaxk
Feb 18, 2018 Julie Zserdin
Feb 18, 2018 Sonny S
Feb 18, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Hope Reynolds
Feb 18, 2018 Brittany Stanley
Feb 18, 2018 Michael Satterfield
Feb 18, 2018 Teresa Lopes
Feb 18, 2018 Amy Grant
Feb 18, 2018 Sheri King
Feb 18, 2018 Melissa Pach
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Amanda Deahl
Feb 17, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Feb 17, 2018 Renate Hall
Feb 17, 2018 Marcee Bogan
Feb 17, 2018 Sandy Neufeld
Feb 17, 2018 Jessica Onufer

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