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Posted by Colchicine on December 10, 2002 at 20:07:38:
In Reply to: off topic..but i need advise on importation.. pls read .. posted by kristin on December 10, 2002 at 10:45:03:
My general rule is that healthy animals should should stay in their livable habitats, with very few exceptions. I have to deal with people on a daily basis who insist on keeping box turtles and other herps they know nothing about. My experience has convinced me even more that animals are already at a disadvantage without people ripping them from their homes.
The bottom line here is that you can safely assume that the people responsible for the collection of the snake have a complete disregard for nature, muchless the individual animal. They have probably collected animals in an unsustainable manner in an area where laws for protecting wildlife are either absent or not enforced. I feel even stronger about animals from Asia and Madagascar, as I have heard too many horror stories about those places for me to disregard them. I think you know what you would be doing by buying this animal, and you should be able to see that your personal desires shouldn't always come before the welfare of wild animals. Really though, don't think you can do without this snake??? Isn't there SOME captive bred snake that you would like equally as much??
The reasoning behind arguing that all animals were at one time wild caught, and that it doesn't hurt anything to collect more, is simply flawed. In cases of the animals you mentioned, they are many times removed from their wild ancestors. The impact on the wild populations is practically zero because of the actual benefit of having captive bred animals. The purchase of this animal supports, in the most direct way possible, the capture of wild animals for profit.