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Illegally imported animals

Discussion in 'Not So Spineless Wonders' started by MantisGirl, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. MantisGirl

    MantisGirl Arachnopeon

    I've was browsing, and found something about someone trying to sneak 260 Mexican redknee tarantulas over the border in sandwich bags, so I looked into it. Then I looked into illegal importation, and I'm sickened. How can people do this?? There was someone who stuffed 24 critically endangered yellow crested cockatoos into 1.5 liter water bottles to get them over the border. Seven died. I mean... Just... AARGH.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2018
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  2. Myrmeleon

    Myrmeleon Arachnoknight

    People will do anything to make a buck. Like my dad says, "profits draw a crowd." Anyway, clearly there is a demand for these creatures which is why they are so valuable. It is our job as consumers to make sure we are sourcing animals responsibly and not overcollecting.
  3. Myrmeleon

    Myrmeleon Arachnoknight

    Also, simply smuggling animals is small potatoes compared to habitat destruction and overpopulation in terms of protecting wildlife.
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  4. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoprince Active Member

    The whole process is messed up. I remember a year back someone smuggled fruit bats into the country in liter soda bottles. They later sold the bats for 1,500 USD each. The illegal animal trade is all sorts of wrong.
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  5. Thistles

    Thistles Arachnobroad

    Just look around this board for plenty of evidence of the same.