The exotic pet trade is a destructive, awful, and terrible thing. Unfortunately, it is not dying. Many people still own exotic pets and their popularity continues to rise. Exotic animals are beautiful and fascinating creatures, and it’s tempting to think that they would make good household pets, but that isn’t true. Taking wild animals out of their natural habitat is dangerous to their health and wellbeing, as well as a threat to your safety. Despite the risks, people still attempt to keep exotic pets in their homes.
Here are 5 animals that should never be kept as pets:
5. No Monkey Business
Justin Bieber famously put monkey ownership on the map when he abandoned his monkey at German customs because he didn’t have the proper paperwork for the primate. Since then, his capuchin monkey has found a new home at a German zoo and will live out his days safely away from the pop star. Justin’s inexperience and lack of responsibility regarding his animal has taught us all a lesson: monkeys shouldn’t be kept as pets. They are highly social and intelligent creatures, and need to be surrounded by their own kind in order to live a fulfilling and happy life. Keeping them indoors and in cages is torture, no matter how cute and small they are. Monkeys can become aggressive, are very messy, carry diseases, and have certain needs that a human household simply cannot meet.