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Persuasive Essay: Wild Animals as Pets

This Persuasive Essay was assigned in 7th grade. As I have said before, they were never my choice of creative writing, but they were assigned and I didn't fancy getting a bad grade in one of my favourite classes. (Yes, I love English class. Don't ask why.) This is smaller than the other, but a grade less as well. I believe it recieved an 'A'.

Don't Take Wild Animals in as Pets
Heather Davis

Many people in the world get pets every day, but why blame them? There's nothing wrong with having a friend of another species. But, if you want a pet, there is one thing you shouldn't do. You should never take an animal from the wild, and keep them as pets. The reasons are pretty clear.

I, myself, have learned from self-experience that they are tougher to take care of than your average cat, dog, bird, or fish. They are not used to a captive environment. This can be bad, considering that it's probably not how they were meant to live. Another thing is that you may not be able to get as much information on the wild pet, because they simply aren't meant to be one. You would be able to find much more information on domesticated animals, hence, you can take better care of a domesticated pet, rather than a wild one. Wild animals are scared easier. How many times have you approached a pond without all of the frogs jumping in the water? How many times have you actually been close to catching a bird or fish with your bare hands? (Well, I have, but that's another story.) Chances are that the animal will run, fly, or swim away. If cornered, it will attack out of self-defense. That brings me to another point.

If you can't find that animal in a legal pet store, it is probably too dangerous to keep for a pet. Many wild animals have poisonous venom, or deadly scratches and bites. This can be very dangerous. Something close to that point is that the animal may be rabid, have salmonella, or some other dangerous decease or virus. The probability of this is much less if your pet is a domesticated animal that was legally bought. If you or your family get hurt or killed, just remember that you can't sue Mother Nature. I think my point is pretty clear. Don't take animals from the wild and keep them as your own pet. Am I, however, telling you not to get a pet at all? No. As a matter of fact, I am encouraging you to get one! Just as long as it isn't from the wild.