I am glad these laws exist, I really do. Frankly, I would be quite distraught to find out that the native species have been all "collected". I would have had to research the information on what and what not I can collect in the wild. ALl this knowledge that I learned about how many herps I can keep and collect became a shock to me. I just didnt know they existed... Especially since I live in california and every petstore has millions of cal kings. Do they all know about the zoning and collecting laws? Probally not. And I do not own illegal animals, I own too many animals according to the very unspecific law that my county upholds. If they enforce it, I will fight it. Thanks for your opinion.
:Zoning and collecting laws are standard knowledge. I have known about these since I started herping. We did not always have zoning and collecting laws, but when they came out and I was just about 12, I found them and read them front to back. TONS of people know about them. It is the same as a hunting license or fishing license. Same principle ect. I do not think it is fair to criticize the government. They are keeping people from walking around taking every snake in sight and selling it to the pet trade or the next door kid. Also remember, if you are found to have illegal animals, in all likelihood they could be confiscated and destroyed. Something to think about. Andy