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Old 06-16-03, 10:00 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Aqua_Elf also says "3. the snakes are milked and their venom is used for antivenom making and medical research." keep your facts straight
Dr. Teresa Telecky, HSUS wildlife trade program director, outlines some of the report’s findings. “Rattlesnake roundups are patently inhumane, and they adversely affect ecosystems by removing an important animal from the ecosystem. Rattlesnakes play a central role in their ecosystems by preying on rodents and keeping their numbers in check and by being prey themselves for raptors and other animals.” She adds that because there are strict federal regulations for the collection of venom and because it degrades quickly, no U.S. producer of antivenin would knowingly purchase venom from rattlesnake roundups.