Re: NANFA-L-- Re: Chinese Sturgeon on AquaBid

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 10 May 2006 09:56:39 -0400

I know a veterinarian in Birmingham, AL, who is given custody of native and
exotic frogs and turtles seized by federal agents in north Alabama from
raids of mall kiosks that illegally sell herps (especially undersize
turtles). The vet's real passion is turtles, and he's arguably the best
exotics vet in the state. The animals aren't destroyed; the clinic is now
home to some African tortoises that graze in the dog run, and the native
turtles such as red-eared sliders are returned to appropriate streams in the
appropriate range.

As to Aquabid being shut down; if they allow themselves to be used as an
outlet for trading in protected species, what would they expect? My sympathy
is limited.

--Bruce Stallsmith
along the monsoon-consumed Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>Heh,heh.. that's pretty funny.
>I suppose that someone should mention what will really be the end result of
>all your concern & do-gooding:
>This guy will get nailed,
>Aquabid will get nailed, possibly to the detriment of.. well, US,
>and finally, the fish will be destroyed.
>That's right. This fish for which ya'll care so much will only be killed by
>the goons who "rescue" it from the seller. It happens every single time.
>Ask any herp keeper. The people-in-enforcement are simply not capable or
>interested in sending the fish back home to China or in finding it a nice
>home-in-some zoo or aquarium. It will instead sit around in some primitive
>container for a few days while the wheels of beaurocracy oh-so-slowly turn,
>and then it will die.
>It never fails. Your tax dollars-in-work.
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