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Buying a Slow Loris Pet (is illegal)
What is a Slow Loris?
The Slow Loris is primate found in SouthEast Asia. While we may know where they exist, finding one can still be difficult. Thanks to the popularity of the slow loris as a pet, traders have reduced their numbers drastically. This has led to all species of Slow Lorises being considered "Vulnerable" and with one of those species being even labeled as "Endangered".
Having a slow loris pet encourages traders and the endangerment of these creatures.
The Slow Loris is sometimes considered a lemur and sometimes considered a relative to the lemur.
While I don't condone the purchase of a slow loris as a pet, their cuteness is undeniable.
Slow Loris With Umbrella
Where to Buy a Slow Loris
Slow lorises are preserved because of their status. Buying a slow loris is an illegal act. However, that hasn't stopped traders in southeast Asia from listing slow loris for sale. In Japan, they are quite popular and many videos and photos of slow loris pets can be found in Japanese social networks.
There are only two ways to purchase a slow loris legally. The first is to apply for a permit that is rarely approved among regular usage. The second is to purchase one from a country that does not follow the rules of Appendix I from CITES, and then move to that country as you cannot move a slow loris without a permit.
Slow Loris Tickle
Photos and Paintings of Slow Lorises
Further Implications of Slow Loris Trade
Slow lorises are wild animals; they are not meant to be pets and have sharp teeth to prove it. This usually leads traders to remove their sharp teeth before selling them as pets and has dire consequences:
- Many slow lorises will die from pain and infection from this operation
- Slow lorises that are released into the wild (for whatever reason) are likely to die because they are now defenseless
The best thing to do
If you want a slow loris as a pet, the best thing to do is to not have one. If you must see them, go to youtube and watch other people's current slow loris pets but please do not further encourage traders by trying to get one of your own.
If nobody wants them, they can be saved, so let's not make them pets anymore.