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Posted by tango on April 23, 2003 at 19:17:19:
In Reply to: Poll Question: Full ban on reptile importation? Yay/Nay? posted by BrianSmith on April 23, 2003 at 18:41:58:
or do you just mean pet suffering? The pet trade is a drop in the bucket. Many species can stop being imported for the pet trade and it will stop a little of the long term suffering we are dealing with but it will make little difference to animal suffering in general- the pet trade is nothing in comparison to the skin trade. If your positiion is to end suffering in the pet market, this will yield some good but only with government regulations. I am willing to stop importation ony as long as the animals are protected in their homeland. I will not indirectly agree to giving the skin trade more animals.
:Regardless of if the reptiles are "captive hatched" in farms in other countries, or ripped straight out of their natural environments, these animals suffer greatly as a result of being shipped and warehoused in cramped and filthy conditions. Furthermore, this importation of reptiles drives the prices way down and helps to land these poor animals into the hands of neglectful keepers. Let's try to put a stop to this somehow. We can start by taking a vote and see what percentage of true herpers really care what happens to these mistreated animals just to turn a quick buck. Please vote "Yay!" if you actually care to help put a stop to the suffering of these wonderful creatures. Thank you.