WHY SHOULD WE KEEP WILDLIFE WILD?
- A baby wild animal’s best chance for survival is with its mother.
- Wild animals are born to live their lives in the wild, not in a house or a cage.
- The best option for a wild animal is to learn normal behaviors from their own species in their natural environment. An animal that has become habituated to humans cannot be returned to the wild.
- Once they grow, wild animals are active and independent, which can make them dangerous and destructive.
- Wild animals can be highly stressed by sights, sounds and smells from people and pets, especially when in close proximity. Stress can cause health problems and even death.
- Wild animals can carry diseases and parasites, some of which are transmissible to people or pets. Some diseases, like rabies, can cause serious health problems.
- Wild animals have complex nutritional needs not easily met in captivity. Nutritional deficiencies can leave an animal deformed for life.
It is illegal to possess, own, control, restrain, or keep any wild animal. The purpose of the law is to protect wild animal populations and to protect people from disease and injury.