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Exotic Pets



Facts:

  • The exact number of exotic pets in Australia remains unknown, as most local councils do not require them to be registered.

Issue:

Should the ownership of exotic animals be outlawed in order to uphold biosecurity and ensure animal welfare?


Sources:


  1. The National, ‘Exotic pets pose safety risks’.

  2. The Conversation, ‘Trading in extinction: how the pet trade is killing off many animal species’.

  3. Big Think, ‘Exotic animals bad for human health’.

  4. BBC News, ‘Are the health risks of keeping exotic pets increasing?’.

  5. The Conversation, ‘Alien invaders: the illegal reptile trade is a serious threat to Australia’.

  6. The Conversation, ‘Dear Santa, please don’t deliver exotic pets for Christmas!’.

  7. The Independent, ‘Animal farms in Southeast Asia fuel an illegal trade in rare wildlife’.

  8. The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Imported snakes creating a potential disaster for Australia’.

  9. The New York Times, ‘Debating whether reptiles or amphibians should be house pets’.

  10. TIME, ‘Zoos are not prisons. They improve the lives of animals’.

  11. The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Monster or moggie? Claws out in catfight’.

  12. Fox News, ‘Disease threat from exotic pets could rival terrorist attack’.

  13. Above, ref. 9.

  14. The Huffington Post, ‘Does everyone have a right to keep pets?’.


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