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Default Re: SWEEPING BAN on salamander trade/transportation in effect this month

To those of you thinking that someone should do something about this, each of us are the someones. The salamander and newt hobby is much smaller than the reptile and frog hobbies. We are the ones who need to make vigorous comments on this using the USFWS' comment process. Now is the time to step up. I don't think anyone disagrees with banning imports of potentially infected species. However, the Interstate travel ban effectively ends our hobby. The other herpetile interests don't realize that this sets real precedent for banning anything and everything from interstate transport, effectively ending the keeping of the whatever is chosen.

Next it could be frogs and reptiles. Pick a disease (a Ranavirus strain for example).

No one else is going to change this - you, the person reading this, have to do something.
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