When a family decides to buy a family pet, generally they look at fancy fish, sweet little kittens or even a rambunctious puppy. They would not think about going out and buying a lion for their young child to play with. However, many people acquire exotic pets. Owning an exotic pet is a cause that most people do not think about, because it doesn't directly involve them. Yet, it does affect society in a way because of the effects owning an exotic animal as a pet has on the community as well as to the animal. Exotic animals do not belong as a personnel pet. In my opinion these exotic animals have the right to live free, not in a captive environment where they cannot roam and are unable to exhibit their natural instincts.
There are many different categories for exotic pets, such as mice, fish, hamsters, even turtles. These are the more common pets people acquire. Many people may have these wonderful creatures in their homes and take very good care of them. But, there are also many other categories, including reptiles, monkeys, tigers, lions, and also bears. Most people would not think of purchasing an animal such as those because they do not make very good companions. .
Through out our history people have owned exotic animals as pets. Owning an exotic animal was a way to show wealth and power to others. These were known as Menageries. A menagerie is a private collection of animals, which is not open to the public as a zoo is in our times now. Menageries have been around since as early as 1000 BC. Also places such as Greece, used exotic animals for scientific purposes and also in Egypt for religious reasons. .
At that time we did not know the importance that our wildlife has on our environment. For the menagerie owners, it didn't matter if an animal died because they would just replace it with another one without the worry if it went extinct or not. As time went on we have come to realize the fault of these ways.