Why These Cute Animals Are Illegal To Own

Pets like ferrets and hedgehogs have been banned in certain states in the U.S. for decades. Why are they still illegal to own, and why can't we own exotic pets like monkeys and lions? Trace explains how certain wild animals are cute, but would make terrible pets.

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Wild Obsession: The perilous attraction of owning exotic pets
"All across the nation, in Americans' backyards and garages and living rooms, in their beds and basements and bathrooms, wild animals kept as pets live side by side with their human owners."

Exotic Pet Laws
"Every state has different exotic pet laws. Some states are specific as to what animals they restrict while others allow pretty much anything to be kept as a pet."

Exotic Animal Owner Terry Thompson: What Happened?,,20539200,00.html
"The 62-year-old owner of an exotic animal farm freed his 56 wild animals on Tuesday (including lions, Bengal tigers, wolves and cheetahs) before taking his own life."

Terry Thompson, Ohio Man Who Freed Exotic Animals, Was Deep In Debt, Took In Unwanted Pets
"The exotic-animal owner who killed himself after turning loose dozens of lions, tigers and other beasts was deep in debt, and a fellow big-cat enthusiast said Thursday that he had taken in so many creatures he was 'in over his head.'"

A History of Why the Domestic Ferret is Illegal in California
"How did things go so awry in California for the domestic ferret?"

How Humans Created Cats
"Following the invention of agriculture, one thing led to another, and ta da: the world's most popular pet."

Dog and Human Genomes Evolved Together
"The bond between dogs and humans is ancient and enduring. Dogs snuggle up to us at night, gambol by our side during daily walks, and flop adoringly at our feet when we crash on our couches."

Where Hedgehogs are Illegal
"Although hedgehogs legal in all of Canada and most areas of the United States of America, there are still places where hedgehogs are illegal."

People who own chimp rethink choice of pet
"A growing number of pet owners spooked by February's chimp attack are looking to give up their great apes but are finding it difficult to do so."

Chimpanzees Don't Make Good Pets
"Chimpanzee and monkey infants are irresistibly cute, and it might seem that raising one would be just like raising a human child."

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