These laws have been passed for various reasons, in recent years, people have been collecting without restraint either to export, for TVs shows, or pet shops, there is a Hadogeonus Spp. that has also started to become endangered due to its small distrubution and subsequent habit destruction. I also believe, and this is 100% my own personal point of view that there is partial teritory problems between acedemics and enthuesiats.I find it funny that I keep/kept members of all of the genuses without a permit in the US. (scorpions)Does the South African goverment know what they're talking about or do they just make and enforce laws?
A friend of mine has bred Opistophthalmus Pugnax pretty easily. I have heard from a reliable source that they do better at breeding in captivity. So the demand for adults is quite unreasonable.I think its great that they have passed these laws. Many of the genera mentioned are heavily overly collected and are also some of the most slowly reproducing species with the lowest population densities. It will make Opistophthalmus much rarer in the hobby, hopefully people will try to concentrate on breeding them rather then just buying adults.
We're not that poverty stricten here in S.A. However I have heard stories from a reliable source, that on numerous occasions local people are employed for something ridiculous like 50c (our money) per scorpion, by illegal exporters. It is definantly a money issue rather than an enthuesit problem.I defienently agree with all of that. I know we are all hobbyiest but without conservation our hobby could dissappear. I'm sure some of the problem is the money involved with collection and selling inverts. Put yourself in that position, you live in a country expirerencing poverty, and someone will pay you to walk around your home land to collect bugs, do you A) not do it and starve or B) do it and be paid. I'm not exactly comfortable with my knowedlge of Africa but that does give a slight idea on how good oppurtunities turn ugly and destructive.
Yes, thats what I mean.... Poverish is a for a lack of a better word, like I said, I know little about Africa, but it is blatant that an exported would recruit the services of locals, who of course would have little problem getting rid of they're "pests". Most do consider them pests there, or no?We're not that poverty stricten here in S.A. However I have heard stories from a reliable source, that on numerous occasions local people are employed for something ridiculous like 50c (our money) per scorpion, by illegal exporters. It is definantly a money issue rather than an enthuesit problem.