Reptile keepers want US python ban overturned

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  • NatureAdvocate Corvallis, 00
    Dec. 24, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    If you want an example of the ecological disaster that keeping non-native animals for pets (and even plants that escape from gardens), look no further than the Florida Everglades and all surrounding areas, even the ocean reefs that are now being destroyed by Lionfish. Plants from other countries that are now destroying all native plants. Animals that were either illegally dumped or escaped from confinement during hurricanes, etc.

    Some of the African Cichlids and other exotic fish are now interbreeding with native species so fast that they can't even keep up with all the new hybrids and wiping out native fish populations as a result. There are reports of even schools of Piranha in the canals of the Everglades. And we're all aware of what all the non-native reptiles are now doing down there.

    Not only should it be tightly controlled, but if people do keep exotics (even fish species) then they need to prove that they can even keep them in structures that are hurricane and earthquake proof too. These animals need to be treated with no less caution than any dangerous disease that can cause destruction to life if it escapes containment.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 5:12 a.m.

    If they stop illegally importing them and trying to sell them they won't lose a dime. Its the illegal spread of these animals that is a crime and we cannot allow any changes to the laws restricting importing non native animals as pets.

    The few millions they can make world wide does not compare to the billions of dollars it cost taxpayers trying to annihilate them in the wild. I think we should have a federal law prohibiting all pet stores in the USA, its a system of irresponsible distribution and sale of illegal, unnatural, and unwanted animals people can't afford to care for or maintain that is destroying the natural wildlife of this country. We can stamp out feral animals with a little government actions and laws prohibiting distribution and sale to owners without a license, the knowledge, or skills to care for them.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    I think that this ban is justified. IMO people buy exotic "pets" for the novelty and once it wears off, the pet is a problem. Instead of putting it "down" they let it loose, upsetting the ecological balance.

    Feral cats are a menace to native birds, feral dogs molest domestic herds. Non-native, exotic "pets" are a biological and zoological nightmare and should be heavily regulated and in some cases banned.