In December 2003, a 10-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pet Bengal tiger at a relative’s house. In February 2009, a pet chimpanzee viciously mauled his owner. In July 2011, a 2-year-old girl was bitten and strangled to death in her crib by her pet python.
You might think these are some pretty extreme examples, but the reality is that stories like these are becoming all too common. According to the National Geographic, 543 people have been attacked by exotic pets.
The harm to humans and the cruelty to these wild animals is only a part of the sad reality of the exotic pet trade.
Last year Americans spent $15 billion on exotic animals while 2.7 million cats and dogs … Read More