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Old 05-06-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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Default Pet Trade Introduces Diseases, Costs

Pet Trade Introduces Diseases, Costs
Emily Sohn, Discovery News
April 30, 2009

Pet Trade Introduces Diseases, Costs: Discovery News
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Invasive species are putting major strains on our environment, our pocketbooks and our health, new studies suggest, and our nation's demand for exotic pets may be to blame.

The wild animal trade may even be upping our risk for diseases like the current outbreak of swine flu.
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Once invasive species have escaped into the environment, they can cause a cascade of problems that are expensive to fix. In another paper, published last week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, European researchers found that controlling an invasive species, can cost $10 million or more.
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