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Posted by klorentz on December 10, 2002 at 18:35:41:
In Reply to: UK Press: Chirping crickets threaten shop posted by W von Papinešu on December 10, 2002 at 13:52:54:
:BBC (London, UK) 09 November 02 Chirping crickets threaten shop
:A Carlisle pet shop owner says he may have to close after complaints to the city council about runaway crickets.
:Adam Kenyon, who runs pet shop The Ark in Wigton Road, has been served with an order by environmental health officers to stop him selling the chirping insects.
: The order from Carlisle City Council came after some crickets escaped and ended up in a neighbour's premises.
:Mr Kenyon, who sells the crickets as live pet food, said the order could close his business.
:Mr Kenyon said: "We had an original incident where I dropped a bag of crickets and some of them escaped.
:"The council served me with an abatement order to keep the building cricket-proof.
:"It appears that another single cricket has now turned up in a nearby premises, and I have been told that I can no longer sell them."
:He said it might mean some of his other in-store species suffering malnutrition, as they are also fed on the insects.
:Mr Kenyon said: "I have been told if I don't stop keeping crickets on the premises then I could face a £20,000 fine.
:"I would go out of business if I have to stop selling them."
:People buy crickets to feed their exotic pets such as snakes, spiders, lizards and amphibians.
:Mr Kenyon says he has had letters of support from customers and has started a 300-signature petition to save his cricket sales.