More Illegal Trade In Reptiles

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  1. Pauls_Pythons

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    They should do more than just fine the guy... as much as I love hognoses, I can't deny the damage they would do to the eco-system. All the smaller elapids would be knocked out of their niches and probably the geckoes too... :mad: It's these people that give the hobby a bad name.
     
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    That's just one more scumbag taken down,unfortunately too many more to replace him :(
     
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    can someone find him and take him out?
     
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    I hope so!!! It just makes me pissed how they can't appreciate or native wildlife.
     
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    2K is hardly a take down. Someone in the dept probably stuffed something up and a heap of charges dropped or traded away otherwise it would of been something around 30k like what that other vic gtp keeper / importer got.
     
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    Why not legalize exports of captive bred australian reptiles most are bred here in captivity to the point that it is becomeing impossible to sell some species, the rspca even has unwanted or confiscated reptiles for sale,would this make it less likely and lessprofit able for poachers to smuggle natives if there was a legitamate trade from captive bred?
     
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    I put this on the RDU thread but it is news.
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    Latest on RDU/Snake Ranch owner
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    They need to make an example of him. If he walks away with a slap on the wrist it will just make it an attractive proposition to someone else after a quick buck.
     
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    Yeah, it worries me when they talk about a deal being made? I guess we will find out in November.
     
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    2k? Probably the price he’s getting for a single animal over there.
    Absolutely ridiculous
     
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    Nothing less than gaol time or else it means nothing
     
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    They should put him in jail for 5 to 10 years haha
     
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    Couldn't agree more. Others have (rightly) copped time behind bars for it, why not him?
     
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    When I think of smuggling,
    I always think of those cockatoos in the water bottles.
    I was going to link the images, but I know they'll upset me for the next week if I see it, so feel free to google something like "cockatoos smuggled in water bottles"


    It's fascinating that borderforces in all nations go on about how serious and rampant of a problem it is, but don't actually do a whole lot to deter it.
     
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    Can't really blame him for wanting to do a deal where ALL the charges get lumped into a single charge of smuggling.
    Smuggling sounds much better on your record then animal cruelty, or risking our native bio- security.
     
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    Ugh... any deal should be off the table and he should be charged for each individual crime he committed.
     
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    Exactly. Make an example of him to deter future smugglers.
    I never understand the legal system. You get a longer sentence for robbing a bank than if you murder someone. And don't get me started on rock spiders.
    Rant over.
     
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    I don't get it either - people get massive punishments for smuggling a few grams of drugs, and not for animals? In my opinion, reptile smuggling should be dealt with worse than drug smuggling, since the animals can feel the cruelty they are being treated with.
     

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