Sometimes the world needs a reminder — just because an animal is cute, that doesn’t mean it makes a good pet.
We’ve all seen the ticklish slow loris video on YouTube, I’m sure, and see what charming-looking creatures they are. Unfortunately, that means that the species is now being offered for sale as a pet in Indonesia, despite laws protecting it.
“The openness of the slow loris trade highlights the fact that having one of the region’s best wildlife protection laws and promising to protect species is not enough—there must be stronger enforcement in Indonesia and the public should stop supporting the illegal wildlife trade,” said Chris R. Shepherd, Deputy Regional Director of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia in a statement.
Sure, it’s tempting to have an adorable creature like a slow loris or a sloth in your home, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Educate the people around you about why we should stick to keeping already domesticated animals as pets, and if you want to do a little extra to help the slow loris, avoid palm oil — non-sustainable plantations are destroying their natural habitats, as well as those of other threatened animals like orangutans and tigers.
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