Wild or Exotic Animals as Pets

Wild or Exotic Animals as Pets

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Position statement: 

Humane Canada™ is opposed to the importing, selling, trafficking, breeding, taming and keeping of wild or exotic animals, including their hybrids, as pets. Humane Canada™ is also opposed to surgical procedures designed to make an exotic animal into a safer companion.

Background:

A wild or exotic animal is any animal, native or non-native to Canada, that has not been subject to domestication through many generations of selective and controlled breeding and hence not adapted to living in close association with humans.

Wild or exotic animals are often acquired without full knowledge of their health, welfare and behavioural needs, including specific physiological, nutritional, psychological, social, environmental, behavioural and exercise requirements. Many of these needs cannot be met when these animals are kept as pets.

Non-domesticated animal species are potentially dangerous because of their normal defense mechanisms. Some exotic animal owners may try to modify the animals in an attempt to make them safer, causing short and long term physical and mental stress to the animals.

The trading, breeding, taming or keeping of wild or exotic animals as pets may cause suffering and death of the animals during the capture and transportation process and through abandonment and/or improper care. The sourcing of these animals can perpetuate illegal trade and extinction of species in their natural habitats. The escape, release or abandonment of wild or exotic animals may also threaten animal and human health as well as the viability of native wildlife.

Wild or Exotic Animals as Pets
Wild or Exotic Animals as Pets
Humane Canada (also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies) is Canada's federation of SPCAs and humane societies, representing the largest animal welfare community in Canada.