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The Dodo: stop promoting the exploitation of wildlife!

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The Dodo is a massive, viral video social media site that reaches millions of people with their content. Unfortunately, a common occurrence within their content is showing people who have rescued or found wild animals (usually as babies). Instead of these people handing them over to a wildlife rehabilitator, which is the law in most places and with most species, they turn them into pets.

Once the wild animals become too aggressive, they are then either dumped outside where they most likely can’t survive or they are turned over to overburdened wildlife rescues — where they face state sanctioned euthanasia if they are too tame to return to the wild. When people see wild animals getting lots of attention on social media, they are much more inclined to selfishly keep an animal for the same attention instead of doing what’s right and turning the animal over to a wildlife rescue.

Urge The Dodo's Chief Creative Officer, Izzie Lerer, to stop promoting wildlife exploitation on their social media

I am writing to you today to urge you to stop showing wild animals as pets on The Dodo. I know your organization cares about animals, which is why I am reaching out to you. The Dodo shares many videos featuring wildlife like squirrels, opossums, and raccoons as pets or living in houses like pets. Not only is this generally illegal, it is detrimental to the health and well-being of these animals. Countless small wildlife nonprofits are inundated with animals that can not be rehabilitated and must be euthanized because people keep them as pets (often for social media attention). Once they reach sexual maturity, a landlord finds out, or the animal becomes sick or unmanageable, they are dumped outside where they cannot survive or they are dropped at overburdened wildlife rescues. If the wild animal is too far imprinted the wildlife rescue must turn the animal over to the state for euthanasia. When people see wildlife turned into pets happening on social media (especially when they get a lot of positive attention) they are more likely to make that same choice when they run across an injured or orphaned wild animal. Please, do not promote this type of behavior on your huge platformnbecause wild animals are the ones that pay the ultimate price and it is always with their life.

Hello Izzie Lerer,

I am writing to you today to urge you to stop showing wild animals as pets on The Dodo. I know your organization cares about animals, which is why I am reaching out to you. The Dodo shares many videos featuring wildlife like squirrels, opossums, and raccoons as pets or living in houses like pets. Not only is this generally illegal, it is detrimental to the health and well-being of these animals. Countless small wildlife nonprofits are inundated with animals that can not be rehabilitated and must be euthanized because people keep them as pets (often for social media attention). Once they reach sexual maturity, a landlord finds out, or the animal becomes sick or unmanageable, they are dumped outside where they cannot survive or they are dropped at overburdened wildlife rescues. If the wild animal is too far imprinted the wildlife rescue must turn the animal over to the state for euthanasia.
When people see wildlife turned into pets happening on social media (especially when they get a lot of positive attention) they are more likely to make that same choice when they run across an injured or orphaned wild animal.

Please, do not promote this type of behavior on your huge platformnbecause wild animals are the ones that pay the ultimate price and it is always with their life.

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