Keeping Wild Animals as Pets Trends of Pets Tigers as Pets Owning Wildlife Pajama Sloth

Currently a photo of a sloth in pajamas is a big hit on the internet. But that does not mean owning, or keeping animals from the wild is a good thing to do.

There are more tigers confined as pets then there are left in the wild. Whether this is moral or ethical does not influence this reality, at least not so far. There is a trend for people to try to keep exotic animals as pets.

Disappearing habitat and less and less viable land for forests, fields, and even oceans and streams are losing biological diversity every day.

People truly love and admire many animals. A tiger, lion, or leopard, or even a chimp, sloth, or wolf are often kept as pets. However, when these animals display their natural traits, fear, aggression, ranging, and more, they often pay the price by being destroyed. This too, may be a better fate than a long, sad life of confinement in concrete or  a cramped cage.

People love and need animals.  What seems to be missing is our lost connection to the nurturing vitality of earth. We are psychologically drawn to the wild and the exotic. It is pre-wired into our genes to appreciate beauty, wildness, freedom, and all the things natural landscapes and wilderness offer.

However, at the same time people are very confined by indoor jobs, traffic, and obligations. Things like mortgages, taxes, money problems, trash and bills are all human inventions that keep us from having time to enjoy nature.

So it is little wonder that we all wish to own and posses a tiny piece of nature in the form of an exotic and beautiful pet. We have also been programmed to think we should dominate and control nature.

This belief is that our superiority enables humankind to erase most landscapes of forest, prairie, and even indigenous cultures. Historically, this is called progress.

It happened almost 150 years ago that Darwin proved we are all animals, and that all life itself, is related to us. Even to this day there are millions of people who reject this concept. They need to think that somehow humans are better, smarter, or somehow more entitled to dominate other living systems and creatures.

The result has been catastrophic. When people assume this kind of arrogance it is largely unconscious and programmed thinking. It is why we can repeatedly toss a plastic bottle, or paper cup, into the trash without thinking twice (or even once) about the destroyed habitat and ecosystem that provided us with these “disposable” items.

People need to know there are wild things and wild creatures. Also, some people believe that if we don’t rescue and confine these organisms, they will die out. Extinction is never a good thing for living things, including humans.

What should the trend be, in order to protect exotic life on earth? Education is the best answer. When people learn that our attractions to wild animals and wilderness is real, and even healthy, we will come to appreciate and even influence, the protection of these not yet completely gone traces of wonderful life on earth.

People need to know their own power to shape policy to save what we all need.