Hey Catu - I agree with you completely!!!! My last employment position was Director of Animal Care and Welfare for an exotic wildlife facility. We "inherited" a squirrel monkey, 3 parrots, 2 adult mountain lions, an adult black bear and a few other species because the owners could no longer take care of their "pets". Certain animals are not meant to be domesticated, nor should they be.
I have seen, more often than I care to, animals that people were able to export from a particular country but were not able to import to the US. These animals are confiscated, held in quarantine areas for months at a time, and if lucky - donated to a places such as Catu's zoo or the wildlife facility. The owners are usually hit with a very stiff fine and charged for the monetary cost of food and housing while in quarantine. Quite often these animals are euthanized because of disease or injury during shipment. You can't put an exotic animal in a cage for the first time, and then on a plane and hope all goes well.
The USDA (United States Dept.of Agriculture) and more specicfically, APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - a depatment within the USDA) are responsible for the control of exotic animal importation, whether for commerce or personal reasons. They will have the most information - but again - it will be the individual state's offices (for the above services) that control who, what, where, and why.
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