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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 14,587
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 23, 2018 April Edmond
Jul 23, 2018 Rebecca Haycox
Jul 23, 2018 Angie Wlodarski
Jul 23, 2018 Monika Izbicki
Jul 23, 2018 Sherry Townsend
Jul 23, 2018 Mary Lou Loesch Wild animals belong in the wild.
Jul 23, 2018 Cheri Fowler Please leave wild animals in the wild where they are meant to be. Please don’t try and cage them and keep them as pets. Be kind not selfish. Let them run free and live !
Jul 23, 2018 Morena Pichardo
Jul 23, 2018 Maria Guzman
Jul 23, 2018 Jamie Igoe
Jul 23, 2018 Socorro Wapelhorst
Jul 23, 2018 Nancy Heck
Jul 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2018 MARY ASBURY
Jul 22, 2018 Judy Yamamura
Jul 22, 2018 Beverly Chandler
Jul 22, 2018 Robyn Polinsky
Jul 22, 2018 Lydia Worley
Jul 22, 2018 Kathleen Paglia
Jul 22, 2018 Britney Richardson
Jul 22, 2018 Megan Sommers
Jul 22, 2018 Maria Lenway
Jul 22, 2018 Rachel Stafford
Jul 22, 2018 Karla Bouvette
Jul 22, 2018 Bobbi Thien Wild animals should never be made to be pets......they are wild animals & should live their lives as such !
Jul 22, 2018 Belinda Leon
Jul 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2018 Myia Wilkerson I totally AGREE!! It's just wrong!!
Jul 22, 2018 Cristen McConville
Jul 22, 2018 Linda Lynch
Jul 22, 2018 Kathy Hendricks
Jul 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) Sign the petition!! Help to protect these wonderful creatures! They are counting on us!!
Jul 22, 2018 Teri Daniel
Jul 22, 2018 Judith Mayhew
Jul 22, 2018 Lisa Dye
Jul 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) Love animals
Jul 22, 2018 Paula Singer
Jul 22, 2018 Shawn Grause
Jul 22, 2018 Ulrike Kallisch
Jul 22, 2018 Terri Hughes
Jul 22, 2018 Stephanie Lanier
Jul 22, 2018 Deanna Moncrief
Jul 22, 2018 Sandy Escalon
Jul 22, 2018 Leigh Baxter
Jul 22, 2018 Tracy Captain
Jul 22, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 22, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 22, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 22, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 22, 2018 Karen Scarlet

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