This accounts for a 59% increase in exotic pet ownership since 2000, according to Born Free. These animals are kept under license but are dangerous to their owners and to the public. In 2020, 210 Dangerous Wild Animal (DWA) Act licenses were given for 3,951 animals. Born Free’s animal tally includes:
- 320 wild cats (including 61 big cats – 11 lions, 8 tigers, 11 leopards, 18 pumas, 10 cheetahs, 2 ligers and 1 jaguar)
- 274 primates (including over 150 lemurs)
- 158 crocodilians
- 508 venomous snakes (including 57 diamondback rattlesnakes)
- 332 scorpions
- 106 venomous lizards
- 2 elephants
Anyone in Britain can keep a wild animal if they have a license. Other animals listed as pets in the country include camels, hyenas, sun bears, wolves, otters, and zebras.
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Dr. Mark Jones, Veterinarian and Born Free’s Head of Policy, said, “Born Free has been collating and analysing DWA data for over 20 years. Since the millennium the wild animal welfare and conservation charity has seen a dramatic increase in the number of exotic pets in private ownership, including a 94% increase in the number of venomous snakes, 57% increase in wild cats, 198% increase in crocodilians and over a 2000% increase in scorpions. However, these figures are likely to represent only the tip of the iceberg. They only record those animals being kept and registered with a DWA licence. Born Free believes that many additional dangerous wild animals are being kept without a licence.”
The RSPCA has gotten numerous calls about escaped exotic animals. In 2018, the RSPCA rescued over 4,000 exotic animals. This has to stop.
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