The advantages and disadvantages of keeping captive-bred and wild-caught exotic pets
By Zoe Demery, PhD
In the past few years, keeping exotic animals as pets has become much more popular, as a range of species is now available and, with technological advances, the means for keeping them has become easier. There are several ethical issues involved with keeping exotic pets, not least of which is how to meet their complex health and welfare needs in our homes. Nevertheless, if these needs are met, exotic pet keeping can in fact benefit many, at the ecological, societal, and individual level.