In this NBC Nightly News report 1st broadcast on October 19, 2011, Stephanie Gosk reports on concerns about the lightly-regulated exotic pet sector. For a clickable map of all state laws and their texts, see For a colour-coded map of state regulations, see For the text of all state laws relating to exotics, see The goal of this section, rather than to specifically discuss every state or regional law, is to give a few examples of the key sorts of regulations, and to compare these approaches to exotic pets.
The city of West Bend, Wisconsin passed an ordinance against exotic pets after a resident was seen walking the streets with a large snake around his neck, and Muskego, Wisconsin designed a comparable ordinance soon after a wallaby attack injured two young children.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, nonetheless, spurred by the monkeypox outbreak, is seeking to strengthen current importation guidelines to demand veterinary inspection and certification for all animals, including exotic pets, imported into the state.
For the two-month period which includes the time when Clayton Eller was mauled, CWAPC reported one human fatality in the U.S. (Clayton), 4 human injuries, six U.S. animal fatalities, 179 confiscations (most from a private breeder in Texas), and eight escapes.
Owners who like to snuggle and hold their pets for extended periods may possibly want to turn owning a genet down—they just aren’t mentally built for it. Genets are quite skittish and hate to be restrained by humans, and the last factor any particular person requirements to be concerned about is their neighbor’s genet attacking them.