U.S. Global Exotics loses appeal

I’m in a PETA frame of mind because PETA coordinated the investigation and raid of U.S. Global Exotics, of Arlington, Texas, the largest exotic wildlife seizure in U.S. history.  Saturday, a judge upheld PETA on appeal.  Now, in the reptile world PETA is hated.  At my first Daytona Show python breeder Bob Clark was wearing a t-shirt that read People Eating Tasty Animals, and I was often accused of being a Peta-mole, a bunny hugger, and other nasties, until people got to know me.  Then they just called me an asshole.  In a nice way.

PETA is using the USGE case to urge a ban on imports from Malaysia and to advocate a ban on pet shops in the United States:  “Please don’t shop at PETCO or PetSmart and tell your friends not to either, and to never support any pet store that sells live animals,” was posted on its blog.  

Without a pet shop, I never would have developed my love for wildlife so I can’t agree with that latter proposal.  What surprises me is that no one is using the USGE case to call for minimum standards of care for the sale of exotics.  From the time I was a boy, I have gone in every pet store I have ever seen.  This applies anywhere in the world.  If I see a pet store I have to go in it.  I don’t know why.  For years, that meant seeing alot of reptiles in poor conditions.  Lately that has changed.  Many pet stores recognize the value of well cared for reptiles.  Still, others treat their reptiles as trash pets.  There ought to be minimum standards of cleanliness, space, food and water for those animals and there ought to be better standards among breeders and keepers, too. 

In the small world category, USGE, owned by Jasen and Vanessa Shaw of New Zealand, is a customer of Anson Wong’s companies, as reported by Hilary Chiew of Malaysia’s The Star and by Mongabay.com, which kindly mentions my book, The Lizard King.

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2 Responses to “U.S. Global Exotics loses appeal”

  1. Azrina Abdullah Says:

    In addition to your comment on pet stores, calling for a ban of Malaysia’s exotic wildlife trade is not fair to those who run their businesses within the law. There are many of them, and due to a handful of traders such as Wong, the law abiding traders are being tarred by the same brush. Instead, PETA should call for a ban on CBS and Sg. Rusa. It works better when there is a focus rather than a blanket ban on the trade. This is also an opportunity for PETA’s information to be used to further push the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s recent change to the special permit process to be a ‘real’ shift from PERHILITAN’s business-as-usual attitude and not merely paying lip service. I am not sure how much more evidence the government of Malaysia needs on Anson but a move to request information from the USFWS, DOJ and now PETA on Anson’s activities, should happen by now and not for officials to bury their heads in the sand while Malaysia’s trade reputation suffers.

  2. GW Says:

    As long as animals are sold in “pet” stores, places like U.S. Global Exotics will continue to exist. That’s just a fact. Just for once, please put the animals and not humans’ selfish wants and needs first. One doesn’t have to own or see an animal in person to fight for that animal; e.g. wolves, whales, ploar bears, etc.