I was shocked to learn that UPS permits the shipping of snakes, birds, amphibians, lizards, turtles, and fish. These are all wild animals, regardless of whether they were born in the wild or in captivity. They belong in the wild, not confined in a glass tank or enclosure in someone’s home.
I was also disappointed to learn that many snake and bird businesses ship through UPS, despite your public policy that explicitly prohibits them.
All wild animals deserve a life free from suffering and confinement. Kept in captivity, birds and reptiles such as snakes, lizards, and turtles, suffer terribly. Birds no longer have the ability to fly free and live in large flocks, causing them psychological harm. Snakes, lizards, and turtles need the ability to move about to self-regulate their body temperature. In most cases, despite the best efforts of their owners, they are simply unable to give these animals the proper nutrition, space to live and roam, enrichment and the ability to exhibit some of their most basic natural behaviors.
At a time when the whole world is talking about losing species to the extinction crisis, UPS can and should be a leader in the protection of our wildlife. Yet some of the animals listed on your website as animals that you will accept for transport are actually at risk of extinction!
Shipping live animals is also dangerous for human health and your employees. Reptiles, amphibians, and birds all carry Salmonella bacteria. While it is harmless to them, it can be deadly to young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems and cause even healthy individuals to be hospitalized.
Please be kind to wild animals by not shipping them.