Wildlife are not pets, they belong to the wild.
This Endangered Species Day, we would like to talk about one force that is driving some of our precious wildlife towards extinction, that is the illegal wildlife pet trade.
The demand for wildlife continues to increase with the growth of social media usage. When people share photos or videos of the wildlife they kept as pets on social media, they attract attention, followers and encourage more people to do the same. But the wildlife pets you see on social media didn't just appear in front of their doorstep. All of them have been through trauma and many have died along the way to get one delivered to the buyer.
These wildlife are not domesticated like our dogs and cats. Many cases of wildlife pet attacking their owner we see on the news can be easily avoided if we, humans understand the simple fact that wildlife, however tamed they may seem, are wild animals and belong to the wild.