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Posted by highlander1 on April 21, 2003 at 17:37:59:
In Reply to: Re: A ? about breeding burms and why everyone is so >>>>more posted by OpethKills on April 21, 2003 at 12:03:01:
:"we as herpers figure out some way of making it nearly impossible for every tom,dick,or harry to get one."
:Care to elaborate on some of your possible ideas? I'm against that, at least on any major level of any kind. I don't like the idea of someone else dictating who should have a pet based on what they think is best.
Some ways would be to restrict who buys at a drop of a hat.NOT everyone deserves to own animals just like everyone doesnt deserve to drive.Restrictions would include the following:Being able to care for an adult burm,redtail,scrub,retic,or any other big snake.Make sure that the person buying can properly house a 15 to 20 ft. reptile by asking the hard ?s instead of asking about what to feed them.Ask ?s like,Do you know the adult size of burms?Do you know the proper temps/humidity?Do you know how to properly handle a 15 ft. snake?Do you know the consequences of owning a large constrictor that can possibly have a bad day and KILL you?If ?s like this were asked i'd say about half of the percentage of people interested in buying these animals would A)Do their very important research B)Not buy the animal in ? or C) buy it anyway and still wind up giving it up (strong willed individuals).
Restricting the buying at a drop of a hat wouldnt be dictating what we can or cant have but would give these majestic animals a much better fighting chance instead of being just another statistic.Thats the only conceivable way to keep these animals from being put through the ringers.Its either that or the alternative of having them completely taken away from us all which would then be dictating what we can or cannot have. Regards Bill McLeod