GITNUX MARKETDATA REPORT 2024

Must-Know Exotic Pet Trade Statistics [Latest Report]

With sources from: 1 – petkeen.com/how-big-is-the-exotic-pet-trade-statistics/, 2 – petkeen.com/how-big-is-the-exotic-pet-trade-statistics/, 3 – bornfree.org.uk/pet-issues, 4 – bornfreeusa.org/campaigns/animals-in-captivity/the-dangers-of-keeping-exotic-pets/ and many more

In this post, we examine key statistics surrounding the exotic pet trade, shedding light on the scale and impact of this industry in the United States and the United Kingdom. From the number of exotic pets kept in households to the financial worth of the trade and the regulatory landscape, these statistics provide valuable insights into the complexities of the exotic pet market. Let’s delve into the data to better understand the implications of keeping wild animals as pets.

Statistic 1

"Approximately 50% of pets in the US are considered exotic, with 1,356 distinct wild-caught species imported in the last 20 years and only 6% of captive tigers living in accredited facilities."

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Statistic 2

"Approximately 17.6 million exotic pets are kept in 9 million households in the US, with 51% of them being reptiles and 26% being birds; however, millions of birds are still illegally imported into the US."

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Statistic 3

"The exotic pet industry in the US is worth over $15 billion and is projected to rise, making up a significant portion of the US pet industry which is estimated to be worth $76.8 billion."

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Statistic 4

"Approximately 50% of pets in the US are considered exotic, with 1,356 distinct wild-caught species imported in the last 20 years and only 6% of captive tigers living in accredited facilities."

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Statistic 5

"Exotic pet attacks can result in serious injury or death, making the exotic pet trade a potentially dangerous endeavor"

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Statistic 6

"Three federal laws regulate the importation of exotic animals into the United States, but not private possession, with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) making it illegal to possess, sell, or buy an endangered species"

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"The UK has a large market for exotic pets, with 54,634 amphibians, 64,810 reptiles, 23,507 birds, and 6479 mammals permitted for sale and 2000 pet traders located in 283 different local authority areas."

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Statistic 8

"Reptiles are the most popular exotic pet in the UK, with 64,810 individuals, followed by amphibians at 54,634 and mammals at 6,479."

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Statistic 9

"Wild animals are not suited to life in captivity, leading to physical and psychological problems when kept as exotic pets."

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Statistic 10

"Approximately 17.6 million exotic pets are kept in 9 million households in the US, with 51% of them being reptiles and 26% being birds; however, millions of birds are still illegally imported into the US."

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Statistic 11

"Exotic animals are difficult to keep in captivity due to their need for large areas to roam, unpredictable behavior, and potential to carry zoonotic diseases, making them dangerous to keep as pets."

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Statistic 12

"Exotic animals, such as lions, tigers, wolves, bears, reptiles, and non-human primates, should not be kept as pets due to their wild and potentially dangerous nature."

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Interpretation

The statistics presented highlight the concerning trends and issues surrounding the exotic pet trade in the US and the UK. With a significant portion of pets classified as exotic and millions of wild-caught species being imported, there is a clear demand for these animals despite the associated risks and challenges. The industry's substantial worth and projected growth emphasize the need for stricter regulations and enforcement to ensure the welfare and safety of both the animals and the public. The dangers posed by exotic pets, including potential attacks and zoonotic diseases, underscore the unsuitability of wild animals for captivity as pets. It is evident that stronger laws and awareness are crucial in addressing the ethical and practical problems inherent in the exotic pet trade.

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