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Inside the Exotic Pet Trade | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

Inside the Exotic Pet Trade | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

The practice of importing and exporting wild animals as pets has been happening for decades, and often, entertainment fads determine which wild animals are the pets du jour. For example, exotic turtles grew in popularity in the 1980s thanks to the popular television show, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Everything from the smallest reptile to a full-grown tiger can be sold to anyone for the right price. However, most owners don’t realize the huge responsibility they are inheriting when they purchase exotic pets, and there’s rarely a happy ending for the animal. Just how does the exotic pet trade work, and what happens to these animals when the novelty wears off? Inside the Exotic Pet Trade According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the exotic pet trade is a multi-billion dollar industry, second only to drugs and weapons on the black market. It’s a $15 bil...

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