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U.S. Global Exotics Raided

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

A major exotic wildlife import-export business, U.S. Global Exotics of Arlington, Texas (President: New Zealander Jasen Shaw, co-owner Vanessa Shaw), was raided today.  Preliminary reports indicate more than 20,000 animals, including wallabies, sloths, boa constrictors, hamsters and on were found in horrible conditions.  If true, it is another regrettable example of an international wildlife company no one in the industry spoke out about. 

Jan 7 update

Jan 5 Update:  PETA posts video here.

12/31/2009. Some updates on this tragic circumstance incl., from the Ft Worth Star-Telegram.  This case is a poster child for the need for legally mandated predictable, funded wildlife rescue facilities.  Funding for such an effort might follow the Polluter Pays Principle in which importers and consumers fund costs of these kinds of unacceptable care conditions.  I am certain the veterinarians and others at work to care for the still viable animals are under great stress having to triage shamefully exploited life.  Where were the regular and USDA vets charged with overseeing this company?