exotic animalFamilies are rarely complete with no dog in the combine. Detrimental animals are listed because they pose a risk to native wildlife, the agriculture pursuits of the state or to public health or safety”; welfare animals are listed to prevent the depletion of untamed populations and to provide for animal welfare.” § 671(b).

In one recent horrific incident in California, wildlife officers raided the home of a private breeder to find 90 tiger carcasses, including massive cats that had been tied to automotive bumpers and starved cubs in a freezer.” In Might 2004, officers seized dozens of massive cats, including lions, tigers, and leopards, who have been malnourished, underweight, and generally in poor situation.

With regard to animals saved as unique pets within the U.S., the Captive Wild Animal Safety Coalition, an alliance of animal safety teams and wildlife professionals fighting the trade in exotic pets, estimates the next numbers: 5,000-7,000 tigers (greater than the wild population in Asia), 10,000-20,000 giant cats, 17.three million birds, 8.8 million reptiles, and no less than three,000 great apes.

The applicant shall further specify the length, methodology, location, dimensions of any cages, pens or confinement space … No permit shall be issued except the applicant has complied with all state and federal rules in regards to the possession, show or exhibition of wild or vicious animals.