Sure, it might be perfectly legal in the U.S. state of Nevada, but there’s something very unsettling about seeing wallabies a protected species in Australia up for sale at a pet store.
They were selling the small, kangaroo-like marsupials, native to Australia. Sad face.
For the sum of US$3,500 someone could own the wild creatures, which can be seen in a small enclosure. There are also snakes, lizards and spiders for purchase in the store.
“I think a wallaby, a baby kangaroo, would be dope,” Yount said.
Nevada has relaxed laws on exotic animal ownership, where you don’t need a permit to buy and own a marsupial.
In Australia, you’d have a much more difficult time trying to take a wallaby or kangaroo home. Most are protected species, and therefore it is illegal to own one.
If keeping wildlife as a pet wasn’t gross enough already, kangaroos are also “very prone” to stress-related diseases, brought on by contact with humans and other animals.
They can be aggressive when they reach sexual maturity, posing potential danger to their human owners, who may or may not have had it coming.
Animals for sale in retail stores: It’s just a bad idea, folks.
[H/T Huffington Post]
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