The adoption of exotic pets is one lucrative business that is currently reported to be making billions of dollars globally. According to Lockwood et al. (2019), thousands of vertebrate species are shipped internationally, and between countries to satisfy the high demand for these animals.
It should be noted that this demand is not an indication of anything positive about acquiring and keeping exotic pets. These pets have been shown to interfere with native biodiversity as well as spreading diseases. The best way to address the spread of exotic species is certainly to regulate animal trading and sales.
Keeping exotic pets is unarguably straining the common definition of house pets, which pose no invasion threats when released to a new location. It is also important to note that the sale of exotic pets can be legal or illegal, depending on the political boundary where the same is taking place. Exotic pets can become dangerous when they escape their confinements while on transit or from the consumers. Some owners can also release their pets as a result of challenges in providing large, old aggressive, or sick animals (Lockwood et al., 2019). This can be one of the reasons for the increasing non-native invasions, where exotic species are establishing themselves in locations around the world (Daley, 2019).
Banning these exotic pets is an uphill task as there are inconsistencies in their legality in different states (Daley, 2019). However, they can be regulated through education, amnesty programs, and fines (Daley, 2019). It is essential to create awareness and inform exotic pet keepers on the dangers of releasing their pets to the environment due to growth or even aggression. Most people who do these are simply unaware of the threats they are exposing the environment to (Daley, 2019). In the US, Burmese Pythons, and monk parakeets, both exotic pests, have been observed to be responsible for some ecological damage ranging from dining on local wildlife to causing frequent fires and outages, respectively (Daley, 2019).
Regulation of these pets can also be done by imposing punishments on irresponsible keepers who release the animals into the wild. This will still allow people to own exotic pets and only punish individual perpetrators. This can be done hand in hand with educating buyers of young exotic animals on how large they will eventually grow (Daley, 2019). This will then be followed by a requirement that all potential owners seek training and accreditation in a way that will be seen as a form of licensing them.
Part II: Using Paraphrase X3 Approach
But unleashing them [exotic pets] on a non-native habitat risk letting them establish themselves as an invasive species that can disturb local ecosystems.
- However, releasing foreign species in the form of pets to occupy a foreign environment and settle in this new setting poses real threats in such a way that the new arrivals can interfere with the original setup of the locality.
- Allowing alien species to inhabit a place that they had previously not occupied and even make the place home for new species has the potential of upsetting the coexistence of species originally occupying the environment under invasion.
- Intentionally letting introduced pet species invade and occupy an ecosystem that they did not naturally belong to before and the invasion led to the permanent presence of the imported species can greatly unsettle the native community of living things occupying the area at invasion.