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Posted by patricia sherman on May 02, 2003 at 16:58:40:
In Reply to: The problem with these laws posted by Trust on May 02, 2003 at 13:46:21:
Enforcement is next to impossible.
There's nothing to stop anyone from picking up wild specimens. So long as the keeper stays quiet about it, no wildlife officer is going to come into the home. In order to enter your home, they've gotta have a search warrant, and they'd need to present some pretty convincing evidence to a judge in order to persuade the judge to issue one.
The difficulty arises when the keeper wants to buy - sell - trade. Of course, the law will prevent breeders from outside the State from shipping animals in, and that is a very sad situation for the hobbyist. But there's nothing to stop the hobbyist from going out of state to purchase specimens, then quietly bringing them home. I'd be willing to bet that there are numerous people in Georgia that are keeping them on the QT.
A dedicated lobbying effort may help to persuade the legislators to withdraw this ridiculous prohibition, but that could take many years and a lot of tenacity to accomplish. You need allies from outside the state, that can point out the facts without fear of persecution from wildlife enforcement authorities.