The AVMA has concerns about animal welfare, husbandry, infectious diseases, public health and safety, and environmental impacts relative to ownership of wild animal species and their hybrids.
The AVMA believes that all who own or are considering the ownership of wild animal species or their hybrids should:
If owners or caretakers cannot ensure these aspects, the AVMA recommends prohibiting ownership or possession of wild animal species or their hybrids.
Furthermore the AVMA:
Formerly titled "Private Ownership of Wild Animals"