Artist Brian AhearnIn a series comics, the Wildlife Nonprofit explores the suffering of wild animal in the pet trade.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Born Free USAWorking in partnership with comic artists Brian AhearnZooDraws today launched a series compelling comic strips which tell the stories about individual animals sold into wildlife trade. Ahearn is known for his tongue-in-cheek humor but the latest stories are not to be laughed at.
Ahearn stated that “millions of wild animals are sold each year into the U.S. Pet Trade, and the consequences are significant.” They not only cause suffering for the animals, but also pose a real threat to public safety and do long-term harm to wild populations. Trade in wildlife is bad for both animals and humans as well as the environment. These are the things we hope these comics will show.
These comics, drawn by Ahearn in his distinctive style, grab the attention of the viewers immediately. They are hoped to reach new audiences for Ahearn’s non-profit, which focuses on wild animals in captivity as well as their natural habitat.
Vervet monkey An estimated 15,000 primates currently suffer as pets. The United States. Many “pet” monkeys are denied the ability to satisfy their emotional, social, and physical needs. Some, such as Alex, the vervet monkey, attack their owners when they reach adulthood. A few lucky ones are rehomed in sanctuaries. However, even these animals struggle to overcome the trauma of their past. If Congress succeeds in passing the Captive Primate Safety Act that would ban interstate trade and private keeping of non-human primates, this would end the cruelty of this trade.
Tiger: It is believed that there are more tigers kept in private homes. Texas(5,000) are more common in the wild than they are in the city. The tiger is not a good pet. A tiger’s welfare is not met properly, and they can pose a serious threat to their owner as well as the general public. The first responders who are not equipped to deal effectively with large cats on their own often have to take responsibility for rescuing them. The Big Cat Public Safety Act would ban the interstate and private keeping of big cats and protect the public from harm. The bill was passed by committee. June 2022.
African Gray Parrot: Parrots are one the most commonly traded animals. The United States. The birds who survive long journeys are often placed in small spaces to avoid detection or packed into crates that have no movement. Those who do not die are sold into the pet trade. Caging a bird is one of the cruelest things with can do – as doing so denies them practically every natural instinct and need that they have. Parrots live surprisingly long lives – sometimes living into their sixties – so many of them kept as pets will be passed from home to home as their owners grow tired of them, or even pass away. This all adds up to a miserable existence for stressed birds. Many captive parrots pluck their own feathers – sometimes until they are completely bald.
Chameleon: Many thousands of animals and reptiles are shipped each year in a box to be sent by mail. Some animals are brought from within. The United StatesOther animals from other countries. Many sellers offer replacement policies for animals that arrive dead in transit. They also provide insurance policies that cover the financial loss of buyers if an animal is lost in transit. Reptiles are often considered disposable and replaceable. According to reports, their mortality rates are high. Reptiles are subject to stress behaviors (stereotypies), which can be attributed to animals in captivity. However, they also suffer from the same results. Interaction with Transparent Boundaries is a common stereotypy among reptiles. This is when reptiles repeatedly attempt to “climb” their tanks’ glass, before returning to the tank again.
Asian Giant Softshell Turtle Many exotic pets are available in The United StatesSome animals are imported from faraway places to be sold by local breeders. Global pet trade can have severe consequences for both individuals and the species they belong. The Asian giant softshell turtle is one example.Pelochelys cantoriiThey are still used as pets, but they are threatened in their natural habitat.
Said Born Free USACEO Angela Grimes“These comics convey vital messages about wild animal protection in a way that’s accessible to all. We tend to think of wildlife trading as something that occurs in far-flung locations. The United StatesOne of the most important wild animal sellers and importers in the world. It is a difficult task, but we have work to do. We hope that these comics will reach far beyond our usual audience and encourage people to think in new ways about the protection – and exploitation of – wild animals.”
The comics are available for view at https://www.bornfreeusa.org/zoodraws and readers are encouraged to share them widely.
About Born Free USA
Born Free USAWe work to ensure all wild animals, captive or wild, are treated with compassion. We oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong—in the wild. Born Free USA’sPrimate Sanctuary is one of the most important in The United StatesThis permanent home is available to primates who have been rescued from zoos, private property or laboratories.
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