Why Exotic Pets Should Not Be Banned » The Ever-Present Danger
"It can take as much as $150,000 or more to raise just one of them. Many caretakers are ill equipped to handle such a creature, resulting in the deaths of around 2,000 of them every year in the United States alone due to abuse or neglect. [...] Training is a vital part of raising this creature, yet many caretakers implement little or no training. [...] On the loose, the destructive habits of these creatures costs taxpayers, local businesses, and local governments millions of dollars every year. [...] This creature is known for its potentially aggressive and often unpredictable behavior. Every year in the United States, approximately 6.9 out of every 100,000 Americans are attacked and killed by these creatures. [...] As many as 4 million of these creatures are born in the United States every year--most under the care of private "owners". A startling 17% of these owners are under the age of 20! It is all completely legal.[...] What can be done to stop this startling trend and protect human lives and the environment? The answer is [here]"