Just to clarify...
Things I'd like to ban:
Rarely does a day go by that I do not get an email, phone call, or see a post that falls into one of the above categories.
Rarely a month goes by that I don't encounter someone who, tired of their pet, or unwilling to spend the money and/or time necessary to keep that pet properly, decide to dump it outside some where.
Rarely a month goes by where someone doesn't try to guilt me into taking their sick animal off their hands: "If you don't take it or give me the name of someone who will treat my animal for free, I'll kill it/let it die/turn it loose."
Rarely a week goes by that I don't hear from someone who writes, "I've read everything at your site but didn't see what I'm looking for, so can you tell me everything I need to know about how to care for my iguana?"
Rarely a week goes by that I don't get pretty disgusted at what too many humans do to too many animals, people who feel that it is their right to treat animals any way they want, and sell any animal to the anyone willing to pay the price.
So, yeah, there are days when a ban on trade in animals, especially the international trade, sounds real good.
But, it ain't gonna happen, not to a lucrative multi-billion dollar industry. So, I crab and moan, but keep being proactive, trying to educate people to the realities of the pet trade, and help in some small way by providing information on the proper selection and care of at least some of the species represented in the trade.
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