Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Banning the importation of pythons

The Sun Sentinel has an opinion article on the need to ban importation of the Burmese python.  Water management workers in South Florida captured 25 this month alone.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing rules that would ban the importation of the Burmese python along with 8 other large snakes that endanger the Everglades.  From the article:
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council opposes the proposed ban, claiming dealers and pet owners can regulate themselves. If that were true, you wouldn't have an estimated 100,000 snakes in the wild, nor would there be any need for the highly publicized hunts that make for photo ops but don't really solve the problem.

These snakes should never be allowed into the country in the first place. The only acceptable place to see one of these huge snakes is the zoo.
Read more about the proposed ban here from the Irrawaddy, covering Burma and South East Asia.

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