Archive for the ‘Wildlife News’ Category

Florida Exotic Pet Trade Under Fire

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

 A piece in the Sun Sentinel on the South Florida exotic pet biz this weekend (includes reference to Strictly Reptiles:  “From 2004 until April of this year, Strictly Reptiles imported 558,060 reptiles, 172,892 spiders and 161,597 amphibians, according to federal records.”)

Included with the story is this fascinating database which enables you to see who is shipping what from where to whom…  (My check of the DB suggests it’s far from comprehensive but it is still fascinating.)  And this map of major sources of supply(more…)

Reptile Food Sickens People

Monday, August 9th, 2010

This is one of my fav reptile news stories in a long time…  Who knew you should wash your hands after handling dead rats? 

Reptile Food May Have Sickened People in 17 States, Mary Clare Jalonick, AP

WASHINGTON — Reptile owners who have been feeding rats, mice and chicks to their pets may be at risk for salmonella poisoning.

The company that sells the reptile food, Mice Direct, announced a recall of the frozen rats, mice and chicks Tuesday, saying that 30 human illnesses possibly related to the frozen reptile feed have been reported in 17 states.

The company says the recall is based on Food and Drug Administration sampling of the frozen mice. The products were shipped to all states except Hawaii, and the feed was available for purchase through pet stores, mail order and direct delivery.

A spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control said the agency is investigating the illnesses, which began in January.  The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems. 

Fish & Wildlife Service adds Oil to its Mission?

Monday, July 5th, 2010

 Here is a story linking the US Fish and Wildlife Service with the Gulf disaster.  Imagine if MMS had been able to make its own environmental impact decisions, much as proposed not long ago by the Bush Administration (filed in my Bullshit folder)…

From the NY Times:  The federal agency charged with protecting endangered species like the brown pelican and the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle signed off on the Minerals Management Service’s conclusion that deepwater drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico posed no significant risk to wildlife, despite evidence that a spill of even moderate size could be disastrous, according to federal documents.more…

PS.  What about HEAVY METALS damage to wildlife resulting from this spill?