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1. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Wondering where I could obtain a list of animals not allowed to be owned as pets in the USA.

Any suggestions on where this list may be?

2. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

Is this a checklist? Why not just take a picture?

Actually, check on the USDA's website, or maybe the Humane Society US ( ).

3. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Looking to ruffle some feathers!?... Pun intended.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

You won't find decisive list of illegal animals for the US. Though all 50 states do ban some animals across the board, each state has it's own legislation on what they do and do not allow. The term "pet" is defined differently also. Bringing in a rabbit is one thing, but trying to bring in a bird or tiger is another whole can of worms. Depending on the type of animal, there are the protected/endangered species laws to consider too. Don't mean to make it sound hard to do - but it is hard to do. You will also have to deal with vaccinations, vet certificates, etc. Some countries allow certain animals to be vaccinated for rabies but we do not - raccoons are a good example. Last but not least - have fun with the airlines...

What are you considering bringing home as a pet, Travis???

5. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

Call the local Humane Society or ASPCA office. The humane officers know this stuff better than anyone.

6. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

There is an international convention calles CITES, it regulate the trade of wild species between countries. USA adhered to CITES, so, it could be useful to you. On the other hand, this information could be useful to anyone who could be tempted to buy a "pet" in their travel.

In CITES, the animals are separated in different apendix, a rouge explanation is:

Apendix I: Species threatened with extinction. Trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances.

Apendix II: species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.

Apendix III: species that are protected in at least one country, which has asked other CITES Parties for assistance in controlling the trade.

Species that are no CITES, can be traded freely. CITES include not only live animals, but feather, furs, pieces, teeth, etc.

To more information, follow this link:

Catu xD

7. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

Now we are here... some things to say:

Animal traffic is the second big traffic business after weapons traffic, even before than drugs. It moves a lot of money at expenses of inocent creatures. Never, and I say NEVER buy an animal trying to "save it", sellers know that and some times they ill-treat animals to sell them faster. Buy an animal in another country to bring it home is always a double-edged weapon. You could pay a lot of money and discover at last time thas is illegal to own one, and now with the bird flu, the risk is doubled.

I work in the National Zoo of Santiago. Almost every day we receive exotic animals, so-called "pets". Some of them are brougth by the police, illegals and confiscaded, but most of them are brougth by their owners in person. These animals looked cute when they were little, but now nobody can control them, or these persons were said that they could feed the animal with simple things and the care was easy, but now, the animal is so sick that his only chance to survive is the zoo...

Some people want to own a wild animal to feel his wildness but the animal has been "dismantled" (As I say): neutered, the fangs taken off and claws has been extracted... (to extract a claw, you must cut off all the third phalanx) and so much stereotiped than there is no hint of his natural behavior, so, where is the grace?

I've seen lizards with calcium deficiency so severe than their bones bent as rubber, and monkeys wich their fangs were extracted with pliers years ago, all this years infected (you can imagine the pain) and their owners not even noted... and I could keep describing a long list of worst things I´ve seen. All these owners were not ill-intentioned, but they sinned of ignorance, with pityful consequences.

If you are looking for an exotic "pet" (if the word can be used properly) my advice is, don't think it twice, think about it ten times. And even if you are sure, think if you are not being selfish.


Note: I'm not talking about TKolb325, I'm being general, but the issue is important to me and he put it in the table, sorry.

8. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

i've had to disguise my bengal tiger as an abnormally large siamese cat........
sure he didnt like to be shaved but he looks so cute now and he really knows how to beat up a dog.we've fooled most people but there is one old lady who is suspicious.......sasha has to eat today too.......i guess that solves that problem!!!!

9. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

sorry didnt read the previous post.

10. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

Quoting igetlost

is one old lady who is suspicious.......sasha has to eat today too.......i guess that solves that problem!!!!

Now, you are being part of the problem, feeding the poor animal with scraps.
Have you tried putting it a nice red silk tie?;)

Catu xD