Although the keepers and breeders of exotic species comprise a small percentage of pet owners, NAIA supports their right to responsibly own and care for their chosen pets. The Feline Conservation Federation. MoFed Missouri Federation of Animal Owners; Movie stars want federal restrictions on private ownership of exotic animals.
The exotic “pet” trade is big business. Selling protected wildlife in stores, auctions, or on the Internet is one of the largest sources of criminal earnings, behind only arms smuggling and drug trafficking. But the animals pay the price. Many don’t survive the journey from their homes, and those who do survive often suffer in captivity.