- Apr 18, 2015
I'm all for more strict regulations of phasmids, mollusks, beetles that actually feed on living plant material, etc., but when it comes to detritivores and (most) predators, unless we're talking about FL or some other states that are highly suitable for exotic fauna, I'm against further regulation and more for deregulation or at least no change in the current regulations of said taxa.Just because there is not extensive enforcement now doesn't mean there won't be in the future. Frankly, there should be in the future for many species. Can you imagine the damage Phasmids could cause in the Southern US? And though roach pest species are few and far between (only one percent of all species as I am sure you know) they do still exist. While you are correct in saying that we have not seen any isopod species introduced to the US via the pet trade, it is my strong belief that it is only a matter of time. A hobby this large, and growing, is a ticking time bomb for accidental introduction.
Your main criticism of permits seems to be that they are unnecessary given the lack of enforcement. But that is rather like advocating for running a red light when there is not a police car around. It's still dangerous, and, still illegal.
Also @Hisserdude though I may disagree with you strongly on permitting, I have to admit I am a huge fan of the blog
Despite the rise in people keeping isopods, they've given the government little reason to further regulate the keeping and breeding of isopods thus far, and I just don't see that changing much, because honestly I feel like we're only going to see very few, if any new isopods introduced into the US as a result of the pet trade now, seeing as I feel like the isopod hobby kinda hit it's peak a year ago with the Cubaris Craze, now it seems to be calming down a bit, and from what I've seen people are mostly just focusing on making new morphs of the species we currently have in culture, (many of which are at a disadvantage when it comes to surviving in the wild during to their brighter coloration).
So as long as things continue on this way, I don't see further regulation happening, nor a need to get permits right now. I'm not a fortune teller, (thought my mom does dabble in that stuff ), so I can't say for certain that things WON'T change, maybe I'll be proven very very wrong, but the amount of funding it'd take for the USDA to to actually go around, making sure everyone in the US keeping isopods has permits and taking away isopods from people who don't... I just don't think I'll live to see the USDA get that kind of funding. The only time I see raids like that happening are if they suspect people are keeping endangered species... Which I FULLY support strict regulation of for obvious reasons.
And thank you, I'm glad you enjoy the blog! Like I said, perhaps I'll be proven very wrong one day, and you'll see me post about getting permits myself, but for now at least, I view getting permits for isopods, roaches, and other invert groups of least concern as a currently unnecessary precaution against an issue that our government isn't even concerned about right now, hasn't been concerned about for years, and may never be concerned about, period.
That's just the thing, Peter's been in the hobby longer than most of us, he has seen the both the completely unregulated era and much more regulated era of the pet bug hobby, and is being monitored by the USDA himself... So if he's not worried about permits for these species, I don't see why ANY of us should be. Everyone's free to have their own opinion, but this is mine, formed from the information I have available to me and my experience in this hobby.I don’t think that is funny. That is really sad.
The rules are the rules wether you agree or disagree.
I respectfully understand your opinion but still feel every hobbyist should strive to have a permit.
I cannot believe Peter told you that!