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350 million+ — number of plants and animals involved in international wildlife trade each year1 $6 billion — annual worth of criminal wildlife trade2 99,939 — number of primates legally imported into the U.S. as pets or research animals between 1995 and 20021 80-90 — percentage of macaque monkeys (popular exotic pets) infected with Herpes B virus or Simian B, a virus harmless to monkeys but often fatal to humans1 18.3 million+ — number of live reptiles imported to the U.S. between 1989 and 19973 7 million+ — number of iguanas, snakes, lizards, and other reptiles kept as pets in U.S. homes 1 90 — percentage estimated to carry salmonella4 90,000 — number of cases of salmonellosis contracted annually by humans from pet reptiles 4 12 million — number of birds killed to eradicate a pet bird strain of Newcastle disease from California poultry in 1971 4 $56 million — amount of federal funds spent on the eradication 5 3 — number of years since 1974 that virulent strains of Newcastle have not occurred in pet birds in the U.S. 6 $190 — cost of endangered golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) in Brazil 7 $20,000 &... Read more