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Posted by LK on June 18, 2002 at 11:51:01:
In Reply to: How come everything is illegal in Oregon? posted by Buffnewt on June 17, 2002 at 12:38:06:
The main problem is that if something is illegal then it must be done in secret and there is no hope of control or getting people to do the right thing. For example marijuana is illegal yet widely available throughout the United States.
It is the not reasonable to think we could stop people from throwing out their marijuana seeds so why do we think people won't dump exotic reptiles?
Now if we sold only marijuana without any seeds in it then people wouldn't be throwing out the seeds and introducing this plant to new areas.
Trying to outlaw mother earth is idiotic and
obviously not going to work.
What might work is if the animals are tracked
by a chip and when a exotic on the loose is found
and tracked back to the original owner and
they are fined, now that's motivation.
Now this would cost money so both the owners and state governments would be opposed so it would never happen like that anyways. Owners would buy pets from sources that didn't include the extra cost and I doubt the government is going to pay someone to sit around tracking down people who dump a red eared slider in the citie's park pond.
: The pet stores used to sell all kinds of cool amphibians. Now they are all illegal. I have to go up to washington now. When will it stop!