While cats and dogs are still tops in the world of pets, 19.4 million U.S.
households owned exotics in 2013, according to the American Pet Products Association.
The term “exotic pet” is loosely defined as anything but cats, dogs, fish or horses.
How many animals are kept as pets?
There are a total of 755 million pets, increased from 389 million in 2013.
What happens to exotic animals kept as pets?
As these pets age, they become impossible to handle, and wind up being sold to roadside zoos, or they are dumped on humane societies or wildlife sanctuaries, which puts an economic burden on them. As a result, the majority of these animals are euthanized, abandoned, or doomed to live in deplorable conditions.”
How many people die from owning exotic animals?
Born Free USA, a nonprofit advocacy organization that strives to end the ownership of wild animals, has documented some 1,500 attacks, including 75 human deaths, escapes and other incidents involving exotic pets since 1990, according to MyHealthNewsDaily.
Is it ethical to keep exotic pets?
Keeping Exotic Animals Can Be Extremely Dangerous
And, unless you own a large protected sanctuary in which they can roam, they’ll live out miserable lives in cages, increasing the risk of them lashing out.