My husband and I would love to have a lemur, or maybe a tiny marmoset. We've pet them at animal rescue centers and really wanted to adopt some, and we've seen them for sale at animal shows. That said, we know better. It's much like using guns in this country--while we might enjoy shooting at cans and clay targets, one idiot (in this example, thousands of killer idiots) has to go and ruin it for the rest of us. That's why there shouldn't be guns and that's why we shouldn't have the exotic animal trade.
Animal rights activists point out that the trade is rampant with abuse. People are able to procure animals way too easily, for one thing, but then they don't care for them or abuse them cruelly afterward. That means that yes, the abusers have ruined it for the rest of us and yes, we need to stop buying exotic species. Leave them alone and get a dog. Make sure to get him neutered, too. There are thousands of dogs and cats needing homes.
Have you heard of any exotic animal abuse or sales in your area? What do you think of this trade?