"More than 1,000 species of exotic animals are kept by private keepers in the UK, outnumbering the range of traditional domesticated species such as cats and dogs and making exotic animals (those who are non-native and non-domesticated) the fastest growing sector in the UK pet market. One study found over 150 big cats (including 12 lions and 14 tigers), 500 monkeys and 250 poisonous snakes licensed to private keepers in the UK. Worldwide, an estimated 4 million birds, 640,000 reptiles, 40,000 primates and 350 million tropical fish are recorded in trade each year. Although some are bred in captivity, many are still taken from the wild: as many as 84% of all live reptiles imported into the UK in 2003 were wild-caught. Over 95% of marine fish are similarly taken from the wild" said at Captive Animals and this is just the beginning of the terrible statistics.