Not something we think about every day, but incidents have occurred, and illegal as well as legal trading continues:
Quote from www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-9/1159854760126120.xml&coll=1
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, macaques should be handled using special biohazard procedures.
"At the zoo... we take extra precautions when cleaning them -- impervious white outfit, rubber boots and a face shield."
Asked whether he thinks macaques should ever be owned as pets, Cranfield answers quickly:
"I think it's insane."
If the Java macaque... had been a resident of a research laboratory, anyone coming into close contact would be required to wear a gown, gloves and a mask. There would be no eating or drinking, and the doors to the room housing the animals would be secured and locked.
Oct 3, '06
I agree with not ripping animals out of the wild, but I have an exotic cat that I found as a sick, starving kitten and bottle-fed. There was no way to reintroduce him into the wild, and he is the sweetest thing ever. Not vicious at all- he hides in the couch if the doorbell rings! He's just like my other two cats except he can jump to the top level of the kitty tree from the floor. I have also raised wild birds that were blown out of their nests, baby squirrels that lived in my house and would ride around on my shoulder, a hedgehog, a water moccasin that I raised from a baby (EXTREMELY tame, would wrap around my wrist while I did my homework), a puff adder, two chipmunks, and a partridge in a pear tree.
OK, maybe not the partridge... but I'm a sucker for a hurt or orphaned animal, and people still bring them to me.
Last edit by LoriAlabamaRN on Oct 3, '06