Today we will focus on the supposed-to-be obvious reasons why you should not keep dangerous large predators as pets. As part of Operation Bite Back, Junk Mail will red-flag any advert placed on Junk Mail advertising any of the large predators.
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The most obvious reason why these animals should not be kept as pets is it is unfair to keep a large wild animal enclosed, even if you have a very big property. They are very dangerous and need to be able to roam free to live the life they were meant to live.
Even though baby lions, tigers and pumas may act like your neighbour’s tabby, they are under no circumstances going to stay small, cute and cuddly. Their instinct will take over eventually, which will place your life, that of your family and the predator in danger.
To add insult to injury, it is said the African Lion must be preserved as there are only approximately 40 000 remaining in the wild.
Tiger conservation sets out to prevent tigers from becoming extinct and preserving its natural habitat. It is estimated there are only approximately 3 500 tigers roaming free in the wild.
Pumas are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and poaching of their wild prey base. They are persecuted across their range by retaliatory hunting due to livestock depredation, and due to fear that they pose a threat to human life. It is estimated that there are about 20 000 Pumas left in the wild.
There are many rehabilitation centres where these incredible animals can be viewed. If you have a passion for them, instead of attempting to domesticate them, rather help protect them in their natural habitat.
As always, report any suspicious advertisements on Junk Mail to Junk Mail Pet Care. For any illegal trade, contact your local SPCA and / or Police station.