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12 Illegal Pets You Can’t Have!

12 Illegal Pets You Can’t Have!


From dogs to cats to exotic animals in the
world, join me as we explore 12 pets that are illegal to have! 12. Bandog
Yep, we’re starting off with a banned creature that literally has “banned” in the name! Cool huh? But in truth, the Bandog is actually named
because of its history. For this was a type of dog that owners wouldn’t
restrain with a chain in their backyard. Instead, it would roam free, especially at
night, and it was deemed a protector of the house and its inhabitants. To their credit, the Bandogs were very good
at doing this job. So if they were so good at their job, “Why
the banning then?” The honest answer is the changing of the times,
many feel that unrestrained Bandogs can cause more harm than good. Add this to the fact that these canines are
really big, as well as heavy. They can get almost 3 feet tall and weigh
around 130 pounds. This can make them quite intimidating. Plus, though their mindset is to protect their
home, the owners ability to control the Bandogs is often in question, and the canines have
the tendency to lash out at strangers if they feel that they are a threat. In order to not risk such incidents, many
countries around the world have either restricted or banned the Bandog. Which is sad, but at times it’s a case of
“better safe than sorry”. And trust me when I say that this is but one
dog that you’ll see on this list. 11. Slow Loris
Believe it or not, there are actually many different reasons why certain pets are deemed
“illegal” in places all over the world. While many are because of the pet themselves
being dangerous or potentially dangerous, others are because there’s a lot of illegal
shipping of them across the continents. This is what happened with the Slow Loris. The Slow Loris is a primate that comes from
Asia, and it resembles a sloth in many ways. But what made this pet so special was that
an owner of one (who had it legally) uploaded a picture of the Loris, named Sonya, and showed
the owner playing with Sonya and her reacting to all sorts of playful things. This sparked a craze if you will, and an illegal
market boomed that day to capture the Slow Loris and sell it to willing owners. The reason it’s illegal to get one (outside
of their home countries of course) is because the Slow Loris isn’t a species that breeds
very fast. So if one is taken for the illegal pet trade,
they’re being removed from the wild quite forcefully, which means it has a detrimental
effect on the population. Despite this, there is still a pet trade for
the creature. 10. Hedgehogs
Surprise! While Sonic The Hedgehog may have inspired
a craze in getting hedgehogs as pets (despite the fact that real hedgehogs aren’t fast,
aren’t blue, and don’t talk like a 90’s kid) there are many places, including many states
in the US, that have hedgehogs banned as pets. You’re no doubt curious as to why. Is it because of their size? No, hedgehogs are actually rather small compared
to things like dogs and cats, so they can technically be easy to raise even by a small
child. Is it because of their quills? Partially, the quills can get very sharp and
cause serious damage to the owner if not careful. But the real reason that they’re illegal in
many places is that they’re known to breed very quickly. A single hedgehog is apparently able to create
its own population. Not unlike rabbits. So in theory, if you were to get a hedgehog
as a pet, and then release it a few years later into the wild when you were “done” with
it, they could create a non-native hedgehog population in the area. Which many states don’t want. Before we continue on with the pets be sure
to like our video and subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any of our weekly videos! 9. Bats
I am vengeance…I am the night…I am…oh wait, wrong bat, my bad! I’m sure to some of you, the idea of having
a bat as a pet is odd. Bats are nocturnal, they like to fly around
in caves, they eat other creatures as food, and more. But to some people, bats are cool, and the
idea of having them as a rather unique pet is enticing. However, bats are one of many species of animals
that can’t, and shouldn’t, be made pets for various reasons. The first and most important might just be
that they’re federally protected animals. Many species of bat are quite literally illegal
to kill. This even goes for when they get inside your
house and you want them gone. But just as important, bats are like sharks
in that they don’t like captivity. Bats in captivity have a DRASTICALLY shorter
life span than those who are free to roam the Earth. How much shorter? Give or take, the average life of a bat is
25 years long. If you were to capture a bat and try to raise
it as a pet? It’d live one year, maybe two if you’re lucky. Now, technically, you can get a bat as a pet
if you have special permits and are affiliated with certain groups in the US. But you’d have to ask yourself if it’s worth
it. 8. Alaskan Malamutes
The Alaskan Malamute breed may seem to be the most beautiful dog breed in the world. They’re related to the beloved huskies and
thus have a gorgeous coat and eyes that seem very kind. Many often try and raise these dogs as they
seem very unique compared to others. But the truth of the matter is that hidden
beneath that fur coat is a personality that can be problematic. And dangerous to a large extent. First and foremost, the Alaskan Malamute is
known to be a canine full of energy. As such, they almost always want to play,
and can tire out owners because of it. And if their sense of play is not satisfied,
they can cause trouble in an owners house Thus, it’s not a dog that just anyone should
try and get. Which is a reason you need to research any
breed of animal you’re thinking of getting before buying one. The real problem though is that they have
a true killer instinct. Their mindset is literally to take out anything
that can harm it. This has resulted in many deaths, including
humans, and including their human owners. And thus, Alaskan Malamutes are banned in
many parts of the world. Now, again, there are areas where you can
get them, including many places in the United States, but just know that there’s a risk
with them as pets. 7. Red Panda
Despite what the name says, this special creature is NOT related to the Panda family of animals
in any way. What’s more, over the years various scientists
have labeled them as being part of various other animal groups when they’re actually
their own group. Take that science! Now, as for why they’re sought out as pets,
it’s because they’re very unique. Their bodies, their fur colors, and more make
them very valuable to people in terms of “collecting”, and that’s part of the problem. The Red Panda species is very, VERY endangered. At last count it was believed that only 10,000
mature Red Pandas exist in the world. And due to habitat loss and illegal pet trading
of them, that numbers is shrinking. Due to this, it’s illegal to get them so that
their numbers can be preserved and potentially restored. Though that hasn’t stopped many from going
to the lands of the Red Panda and trying to take one for themselves. Even in the United States, the presence of
the Red Panda is very small, as they’re only “allowed” to be in zoos that know how to protect
them and raise them. 6. Ferrets
This is another case where location matters, and for good reason. In the United States, there are a vast majority
of places where you can get a ferret. They see them as good pets despite certain
“drawbacks”. But the problem for Hawaii, California, New
York and Washington DC is that one of those “drawbacks” is that ferrets can have rabies. Rabies of course is a potentially fatal disease
that can come from wild animals (like ferrets). It causes madness, convulsions and can make
you act like an animal at times. Plus, it’s easily transmittable via saliva. Given that this is a disease known throughout
the country, it’s fair that many states don’t want to risk Rabies being in their area. In the case of Hawaii, they are actually the
only state in the US that doesn’t have rabies at all (as in they have no cases of it in
the state nor animals that can have it), so it’s no wonder they want to keep ferrets far,
FAR away from them. Still, if you must have one, there are states
available to give you one, just make sure you look up whether Ferrets are allowed near
you. 5. Penguins
The Penguin is a very special bird that has earned its way into people’s hearts via various
movies and television specials. Most birds on Earth are legal to have as pets
(within some limits of course) so you might think that the Penguin would be among that
list. But you would be wrong. To be clear though, it’s not because taking
them out of their often cold environments is hazardous to their health. Not all Penguins come from or fully live in
Antarctica. That they’re “main home” for many species
of Penguin, but there are many who are able to live in the warmer climates of the world. Some even reside naturally in Africa. Rather, the reason they’re illegal is because
it takes a lot of care to raise a Penguin, and the government feels that the average
pet own won’t be responsible with one. Thus, the Penguin is put under the Lacey Act,
meaning that to get a Penguin you must not only have a permit, but be the owner of a
certain kind of facility that show off and raise the Penguin properly. That’s actually a reason why many zoos and
aquariums don’t have Penguins. They don’t have the setup or resources to
satisfy the Lacey Act protections. 4. The Jerboa
What’s that? You don’t know what the Jerboa is? Well it’s a rather unique desert creature
that lives in Africa. Think of it as a mix between a rat and a kangaroo. That’s because it hops around on hind legs
like a Kangaroo, while its upper body is much more in line with a rodent. Now, ironically, the United States used to
allow Jerboas in the country, but then, a Monkeypox scare happened and the country freaked! So they banned the import of all African rodents
into the country. Jerboa included. Which may have been a blessing in disguise,
as the Jerboa can be a little hard to take care of. 3. Venomous Reptiles
It’s a known thing in the world that many animals have venom within them that they use
to strike foes and get prey. Many of these kinds of animals can be “milked”
for their venom and then sold as pets. However, when it comes to reptiles, many places
in the United States have banned them outright even if they have been milked. Why go to such lengths to ban ALL reptiles
who have venom as pets? Simple, they just don’t want to take the risk
of someone dying via their own pet as a result of venom. Plus, while milking does get rid of the venom,
sometimes animals, especially reptiles, can get it back over time, which obviously would
cause problems. Now, this isn’t in ALL states, but it is in
many, so be sure to look it up before going for that “dangerous” pet. 2. Alligators
At one point in time, the United States was all for alligators as pets, they even sold
them in baby form in pets stores. But since then? Yeah, they wised up a little bit and realized
how dangerous they can be. Most places in the United States won’t even
allow you the option of having an alligator. And those that do have you go through a series
of steps that will likely deter you from trying to get one. First and foremost, you’ll need a permit. Second, you’ll need to sign a contract saying
that you’re liable for anything harmful the alligator does. You’ll need to provide a big space that’ll
ensure the alligator stays in the enclosure and that no one can get in to bother it, and
if that wasn’t enough, you’ll need to have the alligator regularly inspected by professionals. So as you can see, it’s not worth all the
effort to get an alligator, regardless of how cool it’ll be. 1. Big Cats
Come on…you know you’ve thought about it. Whether you’ve watched the Lion King (live-action
or animated series, doesn’t matter), or you’ve seen the Jungle Book, Tarzan, or any other
major picture that featured really cool “Big Cats” like Lions, Cheetahs, Tigers, Leopards,
Panthers, and more, you’ve probably thought about having one. In the United States though, it can be really
complicated to get them depending on where you live. Many of the states have an outright ban on
“exotic pets that can be dangerous”, and the Big Cats most definitely fit that category. There are also states that require a certain
permit to raise such a creature, which again, can be difficult to procure. Other states just don’t care and will let
you have whatever you want…which isn’t always a good thing. So while the legality changes from state to
state, the threat they pose honestly doesn’t. While Big Cats may be cute when they’re in
their cub phase, they will grow up. And if you don’t have a proper praise to let
them live their lives, they might not act as cute and cuddly as you’d hope. Plus, these are often big and powerful creatures. So if they lash out at you, even in play,
it can be bad for you. There’s no doubt that having a lion, tiger,
cheetah or panther (among others) would be one of the coolest things you do in your lives. But just remember, the idea of having one
as a pet and it being “easy to own” is something that comes from movies and TV. It rarely plays out that simply. Thanks for watching everyone! What did you think about these banned pets? Can you believe which ones are banned and
why? Would you still want to try and own one of
them? Let me know in the comments below, be sure
to subscribe, and I’ll see you next time on the channel!

Comments (6)

  1. Hi y'all hope you all had a good day

  2. Why does the "Bandog" look like a cane Corso?

  3. I would love to own a Bandog. I'd also love to have a Slow Loris, hedgehog ( legal in my state) a ferret ( which are legal and I've had one), and bats. The thing is, you have to know how to properly keep them, use common sense, and respect the animal.

  4. I think the movies have got a lot to answer for when it comes to exotic pets, wasn't there a phase of people wanting owls because of Harry Potter?

  5. All of them were impressive..
    No matter if someone owns one of these animals, they have to know they are wild animals and what they do is by instinct..
    Great video and storyline..
    Thanks for sharing..๐Ÿ’–

  6. you mention bandogs but show footage of kane corsos and mastiffs very not accurate !

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