GitaBooks wrote:Interestingly, many of the exotic pets that are being bred now originally came from zoos. Zoos, especially in the past, would breed their animals to get babies, which would in turn bring in more people, than they would sell the babies. I hear that today they sometimes just euthanize them. I can't believe they don't give them to good owners or private zoos.
As a lawyer I can speak with some authority in the matter. There are three problems that zoos would have releasing animals to private owners:Nìmwey wrote:Yes, it has become a restriction in some zoo organizations, that any member has to follow, and that is to never sell an animal to a non-member.
The one Bactrian camel breeder we have here in Sweden got his first camels from a zoo, and he had to pretty much beg (camels! A domestic livestock since 4000 years!) the zoo to let him have some. And this was over 20 years ago. It's the "holier than thou"-attitude that zoos often have, that no private individual could possibly care for animals other than cats and dogs.
1) The animal is generally of known harmful disposition and thus any lawsuits from injuries to the public would include the zoo, a deep pocket as well as the pet owner, not always a deep pocket;
2) Animals can travel. Let's say Pennsylvania doesn't consider Bactrian Camels exotic but New York does. A legal buyer could transfer the animal to a New Yorker for whatever reason, again putting the zoo potentially in harm's way; and
3) Zoonotic diseases, or diseases harbored by wild animals to which humans have little resistance.
Were I in-house counsel for a zoo I'd be very careful about releasing any animal.