Facts About Exotic Animals

  • Exotic animals in South Africa are the wildlife of another country.
  • The unregulated trade in exotic animals poses a threat to animals in the wild, as they are often wild-caught to supplement the gene pool.
  • There is no way to make sure that the exotic animal bought as a pet, has not been snatched from the wild.
  • Breeders of exotic species often say that breeding these animals in captivity, protects the species in the wild. This is not true. Private breeders mostly collect rare specimens, breed and then trade them for profit. This has nothing to do with conservation.
  • Exotic animals are not domesticated animals: “domestication is an evolutionary process that results in animals such as our companion dogs and cats who undergo substantial behavioural, anatomical, physiological and genetic changes during the process” (Anthony Beckoff)
  • Captive-bred is not the same as domesticated. Captive-bred animals still have the same instincts and needs as those in the wild.
  • Exotic reptiles are often carriers of Zoonotic diseases that are transferred from the animal to the human.
  • Reptiles in captivity can never be released into the wild in their original country, because they may carry diseases that could be harmful to the wild reptiles.
  • As long as the human demand for exotic pets continues, so will the trade.
  • Thousands of exotic animals end up in rescue every year.

How Can You Help?

  • Do not support pet shops that sell exotic animals.
  • Do not buy exotic animals as they are not pets and belong in the wild.
  • Contact us for support or to organize a protest in your area.

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