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Facts and Information

THE OIL SPILL


Sadly these animals were caught in the oil spill. It is a sad and tragic event that took place in the gulf of Mexico. Please help by donating a $1 to the WWF.org "The World Wild Life Foundation." Click Here.

Also there is a great program regarding the oil spill involving cutting your hair and donating it to the oil clean up. What they do is they take peoples hair that was donated and they make it into a sock like shape and soak up the oil.  The oil spill crisis threatens hundreds of species, including the Roseate spoonbill. This is an unprecedented environmental catastrophe that will take years and perhaps decades from which to recover.

EDF is committed to working on the ground with our local partners and with federal and local officials to restore the Gulf Coast to full environmental health and to ensuring a disaster like this never happens again. Everyone says "Thats horrible" or "I hate whoever started this," But that doesn't help the animals. If you go out and make a difference, then you are going to feel good that you actually helped! That you saved one animal. And if everyone saved one animal, then at least 1,000,000 animals will be saved. And everyone will know that if you take the time to help, then animals will get saved. But if you don't help the animals, if you just talk about how bad the oil spill is, then nothing will happen. They won't be saved. :[ So please, help make a difference in the world. Help the animals. The oil spill was the biggest spill in the U.S. The WWF is an amazing association where amazing people raise money to help injured animals such as the animals in the gulf.



Facts about exotic animals


  1. Millions of wild animals, including reptiles, large felines, nonhuman primates, and others, are kept in private possession in the U.S. The trade in exotic animals is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry.
  2. Exotic “pets” are wild animals that do not adjust well to a captive environment. They require special care, housing, diet, and maintenance that the average person cannot provide.
  3. It is estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 tigers are kept as “pets” — more than exist in the wild. A tiger can be purchased for as little as $300, or less than the cost of a purebred dog.
  4. Animals enter the exotic “pet” trade from a variety of sources. Some are stolen from their native habitat; some are “surplus” from zoos or menageries; some are sold at auctions or in pet shops; while others come from backyard breeders. The Internet has dramatically increased the ease with which people can find and purchase wild animals for their private possession.
  5. Exotic “pets” purchased as infants are abandoned by their keepers as they age and become impossible to control. Sanctuaries cannot accommodate the large numbers of unwanted “pets.” As a result, the majority of these animals are euthanized, abandoned, or doomed to live in deplorable conditions.
  6. Across the country, privately-held exotic animals held have escaped from their enclosures and have attacked humans and other animals — with sometimes fatal results.
  7. Many exotic “pets” can transmit deadly diseases — including herpes B, monkeypox, and salmonellosis — to humans.
  8. An estimated 90 percent of all reptiles carry and shed salmonella in their feces. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 93,000 salmonella cases caused by exposure to reptiles are reported each year in the United States. As many as 90 percent of all macaque monkeys are infected with herpes B virus, which harmless to monkeys but often fatal in humans.
  9. The American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the CDC have all expressed opposition to the possession of certain exotic animals by individuals.
  10. The sale and possession of exotic animals is regulated by a patchwork of federal, state and local laws that generally vary by community and by animal. Eighteen states prohibit possession of at least large cats, wolves, bears, nonhuman primates, and dangerous reptiles. Ten states have a partial ban, prohibiting possession of some exotic animals. Thirteen states require a license or permit to possess exotic animals. Many cities and counties have adopted ordinances that are more stringent than the state law.