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11 Pets That You Shouldn't Buy (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/30/10 09:02 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

This year, over 62 percent of American households care for pets in 71.4 million homes. Pet ownership rates have risen nationwide from 56 percent since 1988.

With 50 percent of the world's primates and turtles facing extinction and a booming illegal pet trade, endangered species are threatened daily due to the popularity of the exotic pet market. Check out our slideshow of 11 threatened pets that one should never purchase.

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Protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, kinkajou not only face deforestation and human disturbance threats in their native habitats, which stretch from Mexico to Bolivia, but also are sought after as part of the endangered species pet trade. Paris Hilton owned Baby Luv, her pet kinkajou, which bit her on the arm during a party at the Fratto House in Beverley Hills (pictured).
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Visit the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources' Red List and the International Fund for Animal Welfare to learn more about the endangered animals of the world.