18 Animals That Have Been Banned Around the World

Countries across the world differ when it comes to their view on animals. Many countries have laws in place banning certain types of animals from being allowed in their countries. Here are 18 animals that have been banned around the world.

Orcas in Captivity

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Back in 2019, the Canadian Parliament passed legislation banning whales from being held in captivity. NPR reports that violations of this law are punishable by fines of up to 200,000 Canadian dollars. However, marine mammals already held will be allowed to remain in captivity.

Pit Bull Terriers

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Pit Bull Terriers have been banned in numerous countries across the globe. Australia, Canada, and Denmark are among those countries where it’s illegal to own a Pit Bull Terrier. This breed of dog has been banned over concerns for the general public due to the aggressive nature of the Pit Bull.

Rabbits in Queensland, Australia

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It’s illegal to own rabbits in the state of Queensland, with the bizarre exception of owning them for professional use, such as magic shows, if your occupation is that of a magician. This law is in place to protect local agriculture due to rabbits grazing on all types of ground.

Singular Guinea Pigs in Switzerland

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In Switzerland, you’re banned from owning one guinea pig, but it’s legal to own two or more. This may sound like an odd law, but it’s in place for the benefit of the animal. Guinea pigs are social animals and, when on their own, suffer the effects of loneliness.

Exotic Pets

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Posing with exotic pets that have been kept in captivity has sadly become a popular sight across social media. National Geographic reports on the new law that has been brought in to stop these events from happening in the UAE. The country has now banned residents from owning cheetahs, lions, and tigers.

Exotic Bird Species

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Certain exotic bird species, such as parrots, have been banned across some countries in the EU. These laws may seem harsh, but they have been put in place to protect local bird species and animals that the exotic birds would prey on.

Marine Animals for Entertainment

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In a number of countries across Europe, owning marine animals for entertainment purposes is illegal. These countries include Greece, Cyprus, and the Netherlands. These laws prevent people and businesses from capturing dolphins and whales and putting them on display for profit from tourist entertainment.

Certain Breeds of Dogs

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Across a variety of different countries, certain breeds of dogs have been banned due to their aggressive nature. These breeds of dogs include Dobermans and Rottweilers, who are undeniably strong dogs. These laws have been put in place because these dogs have been known to attack other dogs and humans.

Wild Animal Ownership

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Different wild animals are banned in different countries across the world. In the UK, the ownership of monkeys is forbidden. Monkeys have a very unpredictable personality, and the UK has brought in this law to protect animal welfare and also address public safety concerns. Also, monkeys require specific care that general pet owners are unlikely to provide.

Venomous Reptiles

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Across many countries, venomous reptiles are forbidden. This is the case in the U.S., specifically Washington State. As reported by Paws, it is illegal to possess potentially dangerous animals such as venomous snakes. These laws have been put in place for the best interest of the animals.

Endangered Species

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The European Union has a law in place to prevent the ownership of endangered animals. Due to the rarity of endangered species, they can be a popular animal for people to want as pets. These laws have specifically been put in place to protect endangered animals and prevent them from becoming extinct one day. 

Invasive Aquatic Species

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Exotic water plants and fish have been banned in the EU. Certain fish and plants pose a danger to the native aquatic ecosystems due to the damage they can cause. These laws have been put in place, banning them from aquariums along with the sale or transportation of these species.

Hybrid Dog in Ireland

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According to Petraveller, close to 5 million people are attacked by dogs globally. With some dogs having been bred for fighting or protecting, it’s no wonder countries ban ownership of them. Any dog that has been crossed with a wild animal is banned in Ireland, and the next three generations of their offspring are also banned.

Exotic Insects

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Exotic insects are classified across the world as pets and will fall under the laws of a country as exotic pets. In the EU, these exotic pets are banned, meaning it’s illegal to own insects such as scorpions or tarantulas. These have been banned over fears of escape, which could lead to invasive populations.

Ferrets in California, USA

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In the state of California, owning ferrets is banned. One of the main reasons for this is the fear of them becoming invasive species due to their strong mating abilities. The state also has a strong approach to protecting the local wildlife and ecosystems of California.

Hedgehogs in Certain U.S. States

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Across a variety of states in the U.S., it‘s forbidden to own hedgehogs. Some of these states include Hawaii, Nebraska, California, and more. The main reason for these bans is concern over the potential damage they could cause to the local ecosystems if they were to escape.

African Giant Snails

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These giant snails are banned in the U.S. not only to protect agriculture but also to prevent harmful diseases in humans. Originating from West Africa, these snails are known to carry parasites that can cause meningitis in humans. Due to their ability to produce over 1,000 eggs a year, along with their consumption habits, they pose ecological threats.

Koi Carp in Australia

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Ownership and transportation of koi carp are illegal across Australia. This law has been put in place due to the invasive potential of waterways. Koi carp can often outcompete native fish species for food and habitat, which can cause a downfall in Australian ecosystems.

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