National Alternative Pet Association

Mission Statement

We at the National Alternative Pet Association seek to achieve the following goals

1. Promote responsible private and commercial ownership of exotic animals of ALL SPECIES including those currently considered threatened or endangered animals when held in appropriate breeding establishments who have been licensed with the required permits. We especially wish to promote co-operation between the private and commercial sectors involved in the
realm of breeding of endangered or threatened species as we feel that this has the potential to realize the greatest success in responsible and ethical stewardship of species management.

1a. NAPA does not promote the taking of any animal that is considered threatened, endangered or listed on a CITES treaty for the explicit reason of placing that animal in the pet industry. NAPA has no stand on removal of endangered or threatened animals for the specific purpose of ensuring an active breeding program to prevent the extinction of said species due to habitat loss, overly active collection programs or other activities which may in fact be directly responsible for the extinction of a species. In this matter NAPA supports the decisions of the scientific community at large.
NAPA does reserve the right to petition the scientific community as pertains to the status of special status with the combined experience of it's membership and the public at large. In this manner NAPA hopes to be an influential entity in the political realm.

2. Provide what advice and assistance that is possible for exotic animal rescues, shelters and sanctuaries and help network them so that any unwanted exotic animals who need new homes may have a second chance.

3. Provide resources for exotic animal husbandry so that people may find the information they need to properly care for their exotic animals.
However, it is not our place to attempt to force anyone to take advice from NAPA or sources provided. USDA regulates the exotic animal industry, not NAPA.

4. Protect the rights of Private Exotic Animal Ownership by reporting anti-exotic legislation, helping draft FAIR legislation for exotic animal owners or petitioning for the same. Gathering information to better educate legislators so they will perhaps not pass legislation on an issue they do not know anything about.

5. Provide what support we can for all facets of the exotic animal industry, with a focus on pet ownership.

6. NAPA does however support the right of use of exotic animals as other then pets as long as they are treated as humanely as possible as outlined below.

6a. If used for entertainment, education, animal assisted therapy or any use that brings them close to the public, we ask that they be treated in a humane manner and transported in such a way as to minimize stress and exposure to extreme elements.

6b. If used in labs, we ask that research be done in such a way as to minimize stress and pain. That the goal of said research is to benefit humans and/or animals suffering life threatening ailments or to prevent such ailments. That animals retired from labs be offered to rescue groups or sanctuaries if it is possible or humanely euthanized if they have been exposed to research that makes it impossible to find new homes for them.

6c. If used for food purposes, such as ostriches, game animals or other such animals, they should be provided with proper care, food and enclosures of a size to allow for the animals size and needs. When their time comes, to be given as quick and humane a death as is possible.

7. NAPA does not condone or accept fighting animals, such as bear baiting, cock fighting, dog fighting, bull fighting and inhumane sports in which animals are allowed to seriously injure or kill each other for entertainment purposes.

8. NAPA is devoted to the health and safety of both the exotic animal industry, the general public at large, and the exotic animals themselves. It is our goal to provide a fair and educated judicial system that will strive to provide justifiable legislation when concerning exotic pet ownership.

Again, we do not force these views, but simply offer advice.