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Captive-bred VS. wild-caught exotic pets

Exotic animal ownership has greatly increased in popularity in recent years, as more varied species become available, and, with technological advances, the means for keeping them have become more accessible. There are a myriad of ethical issues involved with keeping exotic pets, not least of which is how to meet their complex health and welfare requirements in captivity.

What are exotic pets?

Exotic pets refers to any species that are not indigenous to the country in which they are kept as companion animals. This is not just 'unusual' animals, like corn snakes, or capuchin monkeys, but also includes: different aquarium fish, such as goldfish; various rodents, such as hamsters or guinea pigs; and birds, such as budgies or canaries.

Zoe Demery 2012