Animal Rights

The exotic pet industry is robust in Nevada with over fifty stores listed publicly. In a typical 1,500 sq ft store you will find hundreds of birds such as toucan, macaws, and other rare species. Parrots are usually leached to a stand so they can never fly or move more than about one foot. Other birds are stacked in small cages. While it is illegal to sell monkeys in Nevada, many stores display them to draw in foot traffic. These animals cost thousands-of-dollars and turnover is slow. That means many animals spend several months or even years in these poor conditions. We can not know if these animals will be treated well when they are eventually purchased. Very few people have the resources to build and maintain a habitat that is adequate for these wild animals.

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