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Posted by svee on November 24, 2002 at 18:10:49:
In Reply to: It may already be posted by Lyle on November 22, 2002 at 21:17:27:
:But because I haven't checked the laws in every state, I couldn't make that statement. However, that's not really the issue here.
anything to do with the outcome of a reptiles well being and the conservation of your natural wildlife and flora...is a part of the issue. truly, think a bit further... unnatural species in a an environment very unlike its own. it has to have consequences in the food chain, without even considering the idea of captive bred being let loose to fend in the wild. i like this subject because its close to home. australian laws are so much more restricting and this is said without complaint. basically, a child cannot walk into a "pet shop" on a whim and buy a creature that requires specialized treatment. everyone who wants a reptile must apply for a license. do the research... set up accurately. choose the reptile and inform the National Parks and Wildlife Service. we then are open to spot checks from rangers (if youre not mistreating or lax you dont mind that)and each year we send our reps list including deaths and methods of disposal. i class these laws as the most protective towards wild and captive breeds that ive heard .. and its a proven fact that our endangered species list is getting shorter ... no! theyre not becoming extinct..! they stayin round longer than expected... a good thing. Svee