Animal welfare is an important issue coupled with exotic animal ownership. 30,000 large exotic animals are currently held in captivity outside of zoos. Exotic and large wild animals that are non-native to the US rarely get the care they need to live healthy and psychologically rich lives. See Ten Fast Facts about Captive Exotic Animals, Born Free USA, at http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?p=436&more=1. Most exotic animal owners are ill-equipped to house and care for this type of pet. In nature, many birds, wild cats, monkeys, and reptiles travel large distances in a day. Cages, enclosures, and housing often do not meet the basic needs of such animals. Captivity also breeds aggressive or stressed psychological responses as animals reach sexual maturity See Zoochotic: Where zoos or educational institutions are equipped to handle and respond to growing animals, private owners may not be. Stress manifests itself in animals in the form of illness, and owners are often not equipped or aware of the financial burden of veterinary specialists for exotic or wild animals before acquiring them.