There was a lady that moved to my town that had a pet bobcat. (Which is illegal here, BTW.) She would dress it up in a coat or sweater and walk it around town on a leash, with her dog .. also on a leash and in a coat. It made quite a spectacle ... which is exactly what she wanted. The bobcat always looked scared and miserable. It really ticked me off.
I have a real problem with exotics available to the general public. Zoos, conservationists and rescues are quite a different story, of course. But I personally feel it should be illegal for Joe Q. Public to purchase or own a bear, bobcat, wolf, aligator, tiger, ocelot, etc. Seems to me that 90% of people who get an exotic animal do so for the shock value or the "cool" factor ... and when that wears off, out goes the animal.
I've recently taken in a six foot long green iguana, two box turtles, several wild-caught (illegal) song birds, a tartantula, etc. These animals were someone's exotic pets, and they got tired of them, and they ended up at animal control or the humane society ... malnourished, sick and miserable.
I believe that we have enough already-domesticated pets to fill any niche or need. I don't think there is any need to attempt to domesticate more and more species by making them exotic pets.
And, IMO, there's far more than enough ferrets in the world, without someone selling unaltered ones on the internet. Sheesh.
"We give dogs the time we can spare, the space we can spare and the love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made" - M. Facklam
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"All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king." - J.R.R. Tolkien