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Old 07-29-03, 07:48 AM   #20 (permalink)
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But guys... I was having a conversation about this with my friend who owns a petstore. He has been working in petstores for over 30 years and he told me that before internet was made, there were around 33% less herp deaths in the store because as quickly as the animals came to the store, they would also find homes. Now because of online breeders, many people don't bother buying animals from petstores and so the animals are stuck in the store for months and many of them end up dying since most petstores can't take special care of each and every pet. Because of this, several petstores have been ordering less animals but most of them aren't. So as more and more people buy animals from breeders, more and more animals die. A wild caught animal might actually be better off in captivity (away from predators) and make an equally good pet as do captive bred animals. Sure, captive bred animals might save you money on vet bills etc., but an owner that actually cares about their pet won't mind paying extra on the vet bills. I am having a bit of trouble explaining what I mean so I might as well just put this in a nutshell. We shouldn't encourage people who just want herps as pets to buy from breeders. If they are just starting off in the herping world, their first couple of herps should be from petstores and then if they want to get into breeding and more seriouse things, THEN they should buy from breeders but otherwise buying from petstores is actually saving those animals. Unless we can get every single person in the world to buy from a breeder, which we can't do, then we should have the begginers buy from petstores because no matter what we say to the petstores, they won't stop ordering large shipments of animals. Just my opinion, I hope that you all understand what I am trying to say.
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