In the US we have to watch for "strategically" placed stories like this one. I mean, it is not past groups like HSUS to get stories like this as much print and air time as possible to further their agenda of a total ban of herps and exotics. Maybe not in this case, but nevertheless the damage is done. Another reason too, we must educate KEEPERS to have the most secure enclosures possible. A big story locally about a "dangerous" boa on the loose in my neighborhood (no, not mine!) got air time on at least 3 tv stations recently. The owners kept it in a cage on their front porch--in plain view of the neighborhood kids. My idea is that someone let it out as a "joke". Still, very bad for our hobby.
We can't keep giving the opposition more and more fuel for their campaign.