Arthur Rosenfeld

Exotic PetsAll throughout the nation, in Americans’ backyards and garages and dwelling rooms, of their beds and basements and bogs, wild animals saved as pets dwell facet by facet with their human homeowners. It’s believed that more unique animals reside in American properties than are cared for in American zoos. The exotic-pet business is a profitable business, one that’s drawn criticism from animal welfare advocates and wildlife conservationists alike. These folks say it is not solely harmful to deliver captive-bred wildlife into the suburbs, but it surely’s merciless and it must be legal too. Yet the difficulty is far from black or white.

The demand for exotic pets fuels both the authorized and illegal wildlife commerce. Wild animals are extensively obtainable from pet retailers, commerce fairs/markets and breeders, and may be seen marketed on the market in newspapers and on the web. Whilst many animals are captive-bred to provide the demand, …