Whoa there hoss. I disagree. A mandate of education and conservation does not mean being a rescue. Zoos should be concerned and willling to help if required and many are, and will referr animals to rescues. But requiring them to take in and permenantly house unwanted pets is wrong, as many zoos have rules against giving animals to private individuals.
Besides, here we stand arguing for reasonable laws to allow us to keep these animals in private collections, and against bans on exotics. Turning and saying that these animals are exotic animals and zoos should be required to take them is shooting every one of us private individuals in the head. Unless you are suggesting zoos should be required to take in domestic pets too?
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