Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

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!

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