IS BUY­ING SMUG­GLED PETS RE­ALLY THAT BAD?

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Be­cause they are brought into the coun­try il­le­gally, the way th­ese an­i­mals are treated and trans­ported are not mon­i­tored. Travel from one coun­try to an­other of­ten leaves smug­gled pets stuffed into small con­tain­ers, prone to disease and in­jury. The an­i­mals can es­cape from their pri­vate en­clo­sures once they ar­rive, or cap­tors choose to re­lease them to avoid penalty. Th­ese an­i­mals, though orig­i­nally from the wild, are then plunged into the ter­ri­fy­ing, ur­ban streets of Manila.

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