Keeping things on topic for this message board, consider iguanas.
Anybody can have an (insert other exotic pet here) iguana. They can buy one for five bucks or win one as a prize at a carnival. They don't need any knowledge about the care or special needs required to care for them.
They are disposable toys. You can feed them a proper diet or feed them insects, children, cheese or Cheerios A U.S. American breakfast food.
When they die you can get another one or a Chimpanzee that could eat your friends face. It's freedom.