12-15-2009, 09:27 PM
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The Dismantling of the Pet Trade
I know right now this issue doesn't affect those with fish, but as animal lovers I feel we share a connection. The Humane Society United States (not to be confused with your local humane society) has launched an attack against reptile keepers nationwide. They have had legislation introduced to ban the import/export and interstade trade in med/large pythons and boa constrictors. As a community we are reaching out for help from other communities in an effort to thwart this ban and come to a reasonable solution to Florida's Burmese Python problem. Please if you can take some time and review the available information and support in any way you can.
Here is a useful link to information: Python Ban Fact Sheet
Just click on the take action link on the right hand side
Many people are undoubtedly thinking "It isn't MY state, so why should I get involved?" Or, "Those aren't MY animals at risk, so why should I worry about it?"
To emphasize the point I am trying to make here, this quote by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller, a concentration camp survivor, comes to mind and deserves repeating: "First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I didn't speak up; Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I didn't speak up; Then they came for the trade unionists, but I wasn't a trade unionist, so I didn't speak up; Then they came for the Catholics, but I wasn't a Catholic, so I didn't speak up; And then they came for me, and there was nobody left to speak up for me.”
Think about this, please.