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Should exotic animals be pets?
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Owning exotic animals is against the law

Owning exotic or wild animals is regulated by complicated and overlapping federal, state, and local laws. They typically vary depending on the community and type of animal. These laws are in place to protect the safety of the animals as well as the people involved.
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The Argument

Nearly every country is part of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which is an agreement to protect the safety of animals and plants during international trade.[1] Although few nations have completely banned the ownership of exotic animals, many require owners to obtain licenses or training before purchasing the animal.[2] Due to the capacity of laws restricting the private ownership of exotic animals, in some areas, it is almost impossible to own one as a pet.[3] These regulations and restrictions are created to ensure exotic animals are not abused by private owners.[4]

Counter arguments

Even though laws have made it more challenging to own exotic animals as pets, it is still possible to do so. Different regions have varying exotic animal laws, but nearly all species are able to be pets in some parts of the world. Regardless of the creation of CITES to regulate the exotic animal trade, thousands are traded or sold on the black market every year.


[P1] Almost all nations have laws regulating the trading and ownership of exotic animals. [P2] These laws are enacted to protect exotic animals. [P3] Since many exotic animals are illegal, they should not be pets.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] Just because they are illegal in some areas does not mean they should not be pets.


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