How to Buy Pets
Shopping for an exotic pet?
The journey for a wild animal in the exotic pet trade is cruel – and often deadly. Either poached from the wild or bred in captivity on a farm, these animals are shipped long distances and taken to countries vastly different from their original homes. Many exotic pets suffocate and die in transit before they even reach their final destination.
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Up to 66% of African grey parrots who have been poached from the wild or the exotic pet trade will die in transit.
35% of zoonotic diseases in humans are known to be linked to exotic pets.
A high number of pet snakes, lizards and tortoises die within the first year in the home.
45% of exotic pet owners are unaware that their pet is considered wildlife.
How to buy: Pets
More than 60% of UK households are home to some kind of pet, but despite our celebrated love of animals, the RSPCA picks up around 150,000 discarded pets a year. So what are we doing wrong when it comes to choosing a suitable pet?
The allure of a pet is a large part of the problem. For many, the appeal is companionship, and a loved pet often becomes an equal member of a family. It is also proven that pets are good for our health – doctors often allow dogs and cats to visit patients in the hospital. They help to lower blood pressure, can reduce stress and many make sure that we maintain a basic routine of exercise. All this sounds positive, but sadly, many people fail to see beyond the face of an adorable puppy or kitten and forget what a huge commitment to owning a pet can be.