Exotic Pets: danger to life!

Defenders of wildlife has repeatedly stated that keeping exotic animals as Pets is dangerous not only for the animals themselves, but also for people. There is a lot of evidence when attacking these animals, or careless handling of them ended tragically for the unlucky owners . One of the last of such incidents reported in the press, and reiterated the need for tougher laws against those who provides exotic animals and selling them, occurred in Zionsville, Ohio, USA.

The incident, which forced the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich (John Kasich) . to sign the order, effectively outlawing unlicensed sale of exotic animals, happened on October 18 of this year. We are talking about the strange act of a resident of Zanesville, a Terry Thompson (Terry Thompson) . who decided to commit suicide, but not before no less shocking deed released all his private menagerie. Will broke lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and other animals. The authorities of the city had no other choice but to shoot them all until someone gets hurt. As a result, was destroyed about 50 animals.

Statistics – the zoo at home is not the place!

According to information received from special American organizations – Born Free USA . which is opposed to wild animals materialistically owners at home, since 1990, there were about 1,500 incidents involving exotic Pets . This organization not only keeps records of such events, but also tries to follow the fate of each animal by recording whether the animal was transferred to the zoo, euthanized, or released into the wild.

In addition to these data, reported the deaths of 75 people at fault for exotic Pets over the monitored period. It also specifies that the data is far from accurate – the number of such incidents should record more ambitious, around the world. Moreover, it is not only about the attacks that caused the death of people, but also about the transfer of dangerous infections.

Adam Roberts (Adam Roberts) . Executive Vice-President of the organization Born Free USA, said that reptiles, for example, can carry Salmonella, monkey – herpes virus B, etc. Both these diseases are deadly to the human body . “No one should keep wild animals . – strictly he said. – Associated risk was not worth it.”

In General, the organization Born Free USA, a lot of chilling stories related to the attack of exotic Pets on people. So, recently, on 16 October this year, four-year-old from Texas suffered from a lion, which… kept at home an aunt of the boy . Earlier, in September, in Ohio, 80-year-old man was attacked by almost a hundred-kilogram kangaroo on a farm, where these animals were kept. And in summer, in Nebraska, a terrible death in the rings of their Python took 30-year-old man.

Adam Roberts reports that since 1990, little has changed – the average number of deaths per year from exotic Pets remains stable . But due to the fact that wild animals are becoming more accessible, and more and more people buy them to keep at home, the number of accidents began to increase.

Surprisingly, one of the most dangerous (substance at home) animals were found to monkeys and other primates. They more often than other animals tend to nip their owners . and precautions that use their owners, not such serious, as in the case of predatory animals. On the second place by attack, exotic snakes and other reptiles. Since 1990, there were 443 attacks of these reptiles to humans.

But what about seemingly harmless turtles? And there’s a risk to the turtles, like other reptiles, are carriers of Salmonella . The organization Born Free USA was registered 8 serious cases of children with Salmonella from pet reptiles. Another serious case of the disease is associated with other rare animals – kinkajou – like or a raccoon, or a ferret (so-called chepkwony bear). His 37-year-old owner had contracted blastomycosis – a disease of the skin and internal organs.

The owners rescue wild animals from these animals at the hands of the owners themselves?

Supporters of keeping at home wild animals claim that thus they make themselves friends, and no one can deprive this right. “In most cases, hurt is the owners of these animals, members of their families, friends or trainers who voluntarily decide to have these animals . says Kukl Suzana (Zuzana Kukol) . one of the founders and head of the nonprofit organization REXANO . which protects the right of people on possession of exotic animals. They volunteered for this risk and subjected him themselves and not society” .

The assertion is certainly questionable, but no one will dispute the fact that the owners themselves must assume full responsibility for any incidents. In REXANO sure that the ban on possession of wild animals will only make that jump, the number of illegal owners and will worsen animal welfare.

In General, if you decide to have a wild animal, then your choice will be limited by the environment in which you live. For example, in a two bedroom apartment hardly will house a lion or a tiger. While the Nile crocodile is not a suitable company to take a bath . But even if you decide to get a tortoise or chameleon, it will pay to be sure in advance that none of your family members is not allergic to an animal, and Pets will have no infectious diseases.

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