In the coming months, the US Fish and Wildlife Service will determine whether or not to include five more species of constrictors to the Lacey Act. This coming week, July 24 to be exact, the open period for public comment will be closing, so I decided submit a comment. If you don’t know what the Lacey Act is, it is, to put it simply, the law that makes it illegal to transport certain animals plants across state lines. This includes moving them from one state to another or importing them from out of the country. There are two main goals of the Lacey Act. The first is to limit or prevent the trade of endangered and rare animals, and the second (which it is more often used for) is to prevent the introduction and spread of “injurious” animals, which it defines as non-native species that would cause personal, economic, or environmental harm to an area should they become established
If you have read the other posts I’ve uploaded so far, you will know that I try to go out of my way to be extraordinarily fair. I search out different sides to every topic I write about so that I can discuss the pros and cons in order to arrive at a well-educated conclusion. I try to avoid making emotional reactions and try to keep my own personal biases in check. I want to avoid being inflammatory and confrontational as it puts people on the defensive and blocks any progress from being made.
This post is not quite going to be like that. This time, I’m pointing fingers and not holding back my feelings or opinions. Animals are one of the greatest joys in my life. I love having pets and keeping animals of all kinds. I love learning about and seeing animals, whether in the wild, in preserves, in zoos, or on television. I think animals should be understood and cared about. But people are ruining things. Because they’re being stupid. So this time, I’m breaking my own rules about keeping things even-tempered.
One of the most misunderstood animal rights organizations is the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS is also an organization that is very difficult to get a fair and objective assessment of. It is incredibly easy to find a number of websites that oppose the HSUS and attack it vehemently. It is also easy to find a number of websites defending the HSUS and attacking its detractors. Unfortunately, with as unapologetically biased as both sides of the argument are, you have to realize and accept that you won’t get a complete picture of the organization from either side, and there are few who try to examine it without getting swept into one extreme or the other
When it comes to keeping non-domesticated animals (in this particular case, marine fish), one concern that must be addressed is ensuring sustainable and ecologically friendly methods of acquiring the animals. There is no single correct answer as to how to go about this, but one major factor has to be a focus on captive breeding in order to alleviate pressure on wild populations