Wildlife. Not pets

Each year, millions of wild animals are captured from their natural habitats or born into captivity, just to become pets. Our houses are no home for a wild animal. Learn how we’re tackling it

No wild animal can have its needs entirely met when kept as a pet

Snakes, parrots, iguanas, tortoises, and even otters – these are just some of the species suffering as pets around the world.

There are legal and illegal sides to the exotic pet trade. But legality doesn’t matter; captive-bred or wild caught – it’s all cruel. And the trade for keeping exotic animals as pets is growing fast.

No wild animal can have its needs entirely met when kept as a pet. In a home, there is no way to replicate the space and freedom they would have in the wild. 

Many are kept in spaces vastly smaller than their natural habitats, meaning they can’t perform normal behaviours. Often, exotic pets don’t receive the correct nutrition, even if owners try their best to feed them properly.

Exotic pets and human health

Beyond the terrible suffering of wild animals, this global trade is endangering people too. Pandemics like coronavirus are happening because we exploit wildlife.

We are calling on governments across the globe to call for an end to the global wildlife trade.

Please help us by making a #Promise4Wildlife, committing not to buy wild animals as pets. Together, we can end this cruel trade.

 

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Snakes on display

Ball pythons on display at an expo. They belong in the wild, not displayed like items in a shop

Ball pythons documentary

Our groundbreaking research has revealed the true depths of suffering that ball pythons endure because of the global wildlife trade.

Read the report here.

Why is it bad to have exotic pets?

Often, they’re shipped huge distances, and taken to countries vastly different from their original homes
  • Basic needs not met: At least 75% of pet snakes, lizards, tortoises and turtles die within one year of becoming a pet
  • Cruel captive breeding: Artificial breeding in captivity can cause ball pythons serious genetic defects
  • Insufficient nutrition: Captive green iguanas can suffer from soft bones due to poor diet
  • Unhealthy human contact: Handling Indian star tortoises can cause them disease and death
  • Confined in tiny spaces: African grey parrots fly several miles a day in the wild

These animals suffer long before they reach our homes, too. Many exotic pets suffocate and die in transit before they even reach pet stores. Often, they’re shipped huge distances, and taken to countries vastly different from their original homes.

Shockingly, for example, 66% of African grey parrots die in transit.

And poachers often kill protective otter parents, so they can capture their young before selling them on.

Get a domesticated pet instead

Domesticated dog

We know people often purchase exotic pets because they’re animal lovers. Animals bring joy to our lives, so it’s understandable that we’d want them to be part of our home.

We encourage everyone to appreciate and respect wild animals where they belong – in the wild

Many exotic pet owners, however, are unaware of the daily suffering their animals endure.

We encourage everyone to appreciate and respect wild animals where they belong – in the wild. We should only share our homes with domesticated animals who’ve evolved over thousands of years to be our companions, and whose needs can be completely met as pets.

We're asking you to become a wildlife protector, by making the Promise 4 Wildlife pledging not to buy wild animals as pets.

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