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Posted by Lorraine on November 29, 2002 at 13:42:19:
In Reply to: herp Laws posted by LK on November 12, 2002 at 11:50:01:
Since the irresponsible release of pets into the wild is often the result of lack of knowledge at purchase time, my suggestion would be a law/requirement for pet sellers to determine if the purchaser has experience with an animal of this type. If he has experience-no problem. If he doesn't the seller should give him (or sell at a moderate cost) a FAQ sheet containing the animal's requirements, expected adult size, reasons others have given for deciding to get rid of this type animal, and other pertinent information. Then after a period to insure that it is not just a impulse purchase, perhaps 5-7 days, the person can come back and make his purchase, if after seeing the possible drawbacks, he still wants to. At least a program of this type might cause people to see the consequences of making a pet purchase prior to some poor animal getting into the hands of an irresponsible owner who decides to buy an animal they know nothing about, just because it's 'cute'. It might not be a perfect plan, but it might help.
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