5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Raise Wild Animals As Pets

Many Kingstonians enjoy the love and companionship of pets. A common mistake is bringing home a pet on an impulse without fully understanding the level of commitment involved. For instance, lots of people buy bunnies at Easter time without giving a thought to the 5- to 10-year commitment their family will be making to the animal. Moms and dads also often flock to the pet stores and shelters to find a dog or cat for a surprise Christmas or birthday present for their kids.

As you explore the questions below you’ll discover which animals are suitable for each situation, this will narrow down your selections and help you make the right pet choice. Whether it’s a commonly kept pet such as a dog, cat or goldfish, a colorful and talkative parrot, or perhaps a scurrying lizard or fun-loving potbellied pig, the animal you choose can bring you years of entertainment and happiness.

You are right. There are scads of examples of long-term attachments between animals of different species. The problem is that virtually all these cases have occurred among captive or semi-captive animals in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, or research labs. I recently scoured academic journals and consulted a host of animal behaviorists for examples of pet-keeping in other species in the wild. I found none. True, there are a few articles in primatology journals which describe instances in which wild chimpanzees “played” with small animals like hyraxes. But in each case, the relationship soon went south when the chimps killed their new pals and proceeded to toss their corpses around like rag dolls.

In sum, we conducted four types of analyses: (1) a descriptive comparison of the weighted sample characteristics of each group without adjusting for other variables, (2) survey-weighted univariate logistic regression models regressing each type of pet ownership … Read more

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Raise Wild Animals As Pets

LifeLine Animal Project has partnered with a national nonprofit, “Pets for Patriots,” to help U.S. military veterans adopt the pet of their dreams. veterinary care for dogs, cats, birds and exotics. So the genes that promote pet-keeping may be unique to humans, but they are not universal, suggesting that in the past some societies or individuals – but not all – thrived due to an instinctive rapport with animals. Pet ownership has many benefits, and doing a little research before taking the plunge will help make your new pet a welcome addition to the family.

I cannot see the difference between a human “pet” and a mutualist where both animals benefit from association, or verging on parasitism as in some beetles and ant colonies. The beetles are fed just like they are young. On the other hand you have cattle egrets who develop life long relationships with cattle, or golden jackals and tigers who do the same. One could go on. The question is what is a pet? I think it falls into the mutualist category.

American philosopher Tom Regan has criticized the animal welfare movement for not going far enough to protect animals’ interests. Hodgson, K., Barton, L., Darling, M., Antao, V., Kim, F. A., & Monavvari, A. (2015). Pets’ Impact on Your Patients’ Health: Leveraging Benefits and Mitigating Risk. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 28(4), 526-534.

Transportation of dogs, cats and ferrets to the UK is only permitted for flights to London Heathrow and only to be sent as cargo. Please check the guidelines for importing pets into the UK. Councils are responsible for enforcing the law in this area and anyone who has reason to believe that a pet shop is keeping animals in inadequate conditions should raise the matter with the council … Read more

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