ANIMALS SHOULD BE LEFT IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT
Exotic pets are usually wild by nature. Even after serious attempts to domesticate them, it is rather difficult to erase their wild traits completely.
Therefore people wanting to adopt such pets need to have a good idea of how to cope with their untamable traits before adopting them.
Moreover, it needs to be emphasised that snatching an animal from its natural wild habitat and confining it to a cage, in order to cater to human pleasure, is one of the worst forms of cruelty and torture.
Many of the exotic animals and birds popular among pet collectors fall in the ‘endangered species’ category in most countries. Therefore there are severe legal restrictions on owning such protected species as pets.
People who adopt exotic pets are seldom aware of the legal requirements and the penalty for doing so.
I have come across many exotic species in the city. Some years ago I had witnessed a foreigner desperately trying to sell a tiny furry creature to curious onlookers. At that time, I didn’t know what the animal was. I realise now that it could well have been a ‘pocket monkey’ or pygmy marmoset. How sad is that!