Lessons From a Quiz: How to Make Exotic Pets Unappealing
See the results from a Buzzfeed-style quiz studying how to keep people from buying wild animals for their homes.
Let’s say you’re in the market for an exotic pet. Maybe a parrot to chat with or a monkey to ride on your shoulder.
Now pause and ask yourself: Would you be less likely to buy that animal if you knew it’s endangered? What if you knew that it’s likely to become sick or hurt while on its way to you?
Those were some of the questions researchers presented in an online, Buzzfeed-style quiz targeted at potential exotic pet owners.
Researchers with the London-based nonprofit World Animal Protection and WildCRU, Oxford University’s wildlife conservation research team, devised the quiz to see if sharing different types of information, such as human health risks and animal welfare or conservation concerns, would make people think twice