Reference : Why own an exotic pet ?
Scientific journals : Article
Life sciences : Veterinary medicine & animal health
Why own an exotic pet ?
Moutou, François [Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments (AFSSA) > Laboratoire d'Etudes et de echerches en Pathologie Animale et Zoonoses (LERPAZ) > > > >]
Pastoret, Paul-Pierre [Université de Liège - ULiège > Médecine vétérinaire et santé animale]
Revue Scientifique et Technique. Office International des Epizooties
359-65, 351-8
Yes (verified by ORBi)
[en] Animals ; Carnivora ; Chiroptera ; Commerce/ethics ; Humans ; Marsupialia ; Ownership/ethics ; Pets/classification ; Primates ; Rodentia
[en] Even though people have owned a wide variety of companion animals since times of old, the modern craze for increasingly exotic and little-known species raises a number of questions, including some of an ethical nature. While trade in exotic animals is certainly profitable for these who practise it, it poses great risks of varying types: ecological risks, threats to biodiversity conservation and health risks. Several introduced animal populations have gone on to establish a line in their new host country. We are just starting to measure the adverse impact this has had, in some cases on a very large scale. The veterinary profession doubtless has a major role to play in endeavouring to reform this trade in living creatures that unfortunately results in many losses.
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