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Old 12-15-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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Default Wildlife trade brings tarantulas, pythons, cobras

Wildlife trade brings tarantulas, pythons, cobras

Concerns expressed about threats to human health, native wildlife

November 30, 2010|By David Fleshler and Dana Williams, Sun Sentinel

Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones…., Wildlife trade brings tarantulas, pythons, cobras - Sun Sentinel, They arrive from Amazon rainforests, central African savannahs and south Asian jungles, crated passengers in the cargo holds of airliners.
Spitting cobras, common death adders, Zanzibar dwarf geckos, green iguanas, chinchillas, emperor scorpions and hundreds of other non-native species enter the United States each year to serve the demand for unusual pets.Because…. It’s still legal to buy these animals as pets in the United States and…. like China….

The US needs to deal with the corruption within our own government and we’re long overdue banning the sale of these animals as “pets”. They’re a major threat to biodiversity. Anything short of banning the sale of these highly invasive animals is environmental lip service.
"We did it folks!!!!" wrote the United States Association of Reptile Keepers, after nearly 50,000 letters and thousands of phone calls helped kill a bill in Congress to restrict the wildlife trade. "You can thank yourselves and the Reptile Nation for a hard fought victory!" Wildlife trade???

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Old 12-23-2010, 10:17 PM   #2
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Equil, I have to admit to not being a pet person, so am not one to be for the sale of animals of any kind for pets.
Pets may teach children many things but a love of nature probably isn't part of the lesson. Animals don't need our affection, they need our respect.
More laws may help but the trade seems to be able to get around such laws as already exist .

Fewer people would solve so many problems....
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