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Old 09-17-03, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Vancouver Banding Reptiles

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I was watching the news today and I heard that the city councel are trying to band all reptile trades and pets in Vancouver BC.

Did anyone else hear about this? I couldn't believe my ears and I am thinking that this is totally insane.......

this would definately affect a lot of herpers around....people like Jeff Farvelle, Don Patterson, Pat Dring and all the other great herpers around....

I don't know if there are any sites that we can sign up and go against this regulation that the stupid councel is trying to set up so if anyone knows where we can sign up pelase let me know I'll be one of the first to sign up and try to stupid this stupid law!

Anyone else heard of this??
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Old 09-17-03, 09:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thats horrible...banded reptiles...whats next, striped? pok=a-doted...will the monstrosities never end!!!!!
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The messed up and horrable... why do that in the first place?
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Does the ban have anything to do with that story in the news about the lady whose kids were going to be taken my McFam because she owned an 18ft Burmese and had little( 1 1/2 yr old) kids in the house?
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Old 09-17-03, 10:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I haven't heard anything about Vancouver yet, but it's very possible. As I posted earlier, I went to a meeting in at Surrey city hall last night as they are trying to ban all exotic pets including reptiles. The final decision will be made by council members who, to my knowledge know little or nothing of herps. Someone said to me today that it is an emotional issue and it is easy for a few people to make a convincing arguement to the unknowledgeable (ie city council) about the cruelty, dangers, and health hazards of exotics. This is true and it is scary. Also, these bylaws aren't widely advertised. Last night there were about 60 people in attendance out of a city population of about 360,000. This isn't an accurate representation of either side of the debate and I'm sure there would have been a much larger turn out if more people had known. Also this was apparently the 3rd reading of the bill and still almost no one knew. All I can say is reptile owners need to keep abreast of what is happening in their area and organize larger groups to counter such laws since it seems it is happening in more and more places.
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