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Laws/Legality and Ethics Discussion of the laws affecting herpetology around the world. Species legalities in different jurisdictions, import/export of animals, the legalities of species collection and the ethical considerations of all of the above.

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Old 10th September 2009   #1
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Default This would throw a wrench in the hobby...

http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/pr...amphibians.php

They recommend cracking down on imports, exports, and interstate commerce in all amphibians, wild and c.b. I guess it all depends on what they mean by "strengthening" the regulations. The massive frog leg and bait trades get lumped in with captive breeding of pet amphibians.

Not sure how I feel about this considering the fungus is pretty widely distributed in this country already. Seems like ~60 years too late to me, and will affect the majority of the relative minority of people who even give a rat's ash about amphibians. It won't affect coal companies though...



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Old 10th September 2009   #2
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Zealots, how I love them!


I am just curious where in the US they are trying to protect from bD? Northern Alaska?



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That's pretty interesting. These proposals could be devastating to the hobby of keeping and breeding amphibians.



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Default Re: This would throw a wrench in the hobby...

...not to mention research, zoos, etc. A federal permit application for every amphibian crossing state lines would be a nightmare. If anything they should be trying to stop some other disease. I'd bet money Bd is in every state already.



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Default Re: This would throw a wrench in the hobby...

There are other things apart from quitridiomicosis you know....



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Default Re: This would throw a wrench in the hobby...

Not to mention that one of the main reasons that Bd was even introduced was government and medical research labs dumping Clawed frogs into the wild during the seventies after they were no longer useful as human pregnancy indicators.


What we need is ethics, not laws.



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Maybe they can get something in as a rider on a health bill. LOL!



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