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Exotic ‘Pets’ Soon to Be Extinct in Oregon

Written by PETA | December 3, 2010
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You’d think that after a Connecticut woman’s face was ripped off by her friend’s “pet” chimpanzee—or after a toddler was strangled to death by her family’s python and a 9-year-old girl was mauled to death by her stepfather’s pet tiger—that lawmakers would step in and put an end to the carnage.

Well, they’re about to, at least in Oregon: Starting in January, the state will no longer issue new permits for exotic animals—including big cats, nonhuman primates, crocodiles, and most bears—and existing permits will expire if the animal dies or is sold.

This is a good first step, but more needs to be done. Keeping tigers, reptiles, and bears in cages is like lighting a fuse and pretending that it won’t go off. It’s time for federal lawmakers to put a stop to it once and for all. Please contact our Action Team to request materials that can help you start a campaign to ban the keeping of exotic animals as “pets” in your area.

Written by Paula Moore

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  • Kalee says:

    You have a less than 1% chance of actually being attacked by your own pet big cats, wolves, or boa constrictors… They are NOT dangerous! Please look at the data and full picture, not just some scattered stories blown way out of proportion.

  • Lizzaaaayy says:

    People should realize deaths will continue to happen with these wild and exotic animals because just that they are meant to be “wild” not domesticated.

  • Annie says:

    When are people going to learn that wild animals never belong in captivity/always belong in the wild?

  • Gala says:

    I hope the people who lost a loved one by these pets will learn that certain animals just shouldn’t be treated as pets. They’re wild and exotic for a reason you know.