Florida’s war on snakes can be directly attributed to lawmakers who capitulate to the exotic animal industry by refusing to ban wild animals being kept as pets. When you make it as simple as pulling out a credit card to buy snakes, alligators, iguanas and other exotic species, the cruel cycle begins.
Animals quickly go from “must have” to “must get rid of.” Some end up in already-overburdened shelters; others are simply dumped, destined to become targets in state-sponsored killing sprees – appallingly called “contests.”
As a licensed wildlife rehabber with 15 years experience in treating society’s cast-offs, I can attest that people will not change, so the laws must. Legislators must slam the door shut on the exotic pet industry once and for all.
Keeper of the Wild, Inc.