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Old 10-23-03, 03:47 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Weather people buy from the farm or not, If there is demand, there will be poaching. Look at ball pythons, they are cb bred by the thousands in north american every year, but still they are also imported every year in large numbers aswell.
Also Iv seen alligator farms on TV and they dont exactly look like the best places to be raised, with over crowded ponds and unsanitary looking living conditions. But thats just what i see when looking at the TV. There could be better ones out there.
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Old 10-23-03, 08:35 PM   #32 (permalink)
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My vote is NO
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Old 10-23-03, 08:59 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I don't think I would wear it, only because the products I have seen don't appeal to me, not for any moral reasons. Farmed animals are not wasted, it would actually be a waste to leave their hides behind and only eat the meat. I do agree with many others, I would never support any wild animals being killed off for vanity or whatnot. If you want to wear it and eat it, farm it, don't take from the wild. We do enough damage as is.

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I think in a ideal reptile lovers world it would be best if there was no demand for any reptile meat or skin.. but I don't think we are ever going to get that so I think farming is the only real working solution (combined with strict regulations so poached animal products don't come into the market.. I believe they are pretty tough with this already).
Well said. IMHO its an unrealistic goal to expect the demand to ever diminish. Farming is sort of a compromise.
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Being CITES means that the animals are regulated, hunting, farming trapped are all regulated.
And for the reasons Jayson said, alot of farms are being shut down or investigated. SO you never know what will happen on that line. Also, just on the alligator part, I highly dubt they were as endangered as they were declared back in the 70s, I think it was the 70s when they were first protected, and to go from obvisously low numbers to over a million in one state within 30 yrs doesn't seem viable to me.. Thats just me though..

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