Animal group says calling exotic lizards, turtles and snakes is ‘problematic’

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Animal group says calling exotic lizards, turtles and snakes is “problematic” because it implies that they are not native to a region

  • Exotic pet owners should call them ‘non-traditional pets’, group says
  • British Small Animal Veterinary Association says term “exotic” is “problematic”
  • The Plain English campaign described the change of language as “weird”










Owners of lizards, turtles, and snakes may think they have an exotic pet.

But the best term is “non-traditional pet,” according to vets.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association says the word pet “does not adequately describe the range of relationships that exist between humans and animals.”

Owners of lizards, turtles, and snakes may think they have an exotic pet. But the best term is “non-traditional pet,” according to vets (stock image)

The organization adds that calling an exotic animal is “problematic” because it implies that the animal is not native to a region.

The language change, described as “odd” and “condescending” by the Plain English Campaign, comes after Ingrid Newkirk, president of animal rights group PETA, attacked the word pet last year for suggest that animals are only a ‘commodity’ or ‘decoration’.

In its statement, the BSAVA said, “We prefer the term ‘non-traditional pet’ because it considers it better describes both the species and the relationships involved. “

Lee Monks of the Plain English Campaign said, “An exotic pet looks perfectly fine to us. The idea that a pet is derogatory in any way is just condescending.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association says the word pet

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association says the word pet “does not provide an adequate description of the range of relationships that exist between humans and animals” (stock image)


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