Posts Tagged ‘python’

Reptile Skin Trade Under Fire

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Photo:  Bryan Christy

Photo: c. Bryan Christy

We slaughter animals–for food, for fashion.  Below is a story running today in Indonesia.  I had a chance to spend time inside an Indonesian reptile slaughterhouse, a major source for US and European skins.  It wasn’t pretty.  Some of the videos are on my site.  One of the photos ran alongside my latest National Geographic story.

Most snake and lizard skin products you see in fashion are from animals caught in the wild.  I don’t buy snake or lizard skin products anymore, although I used to.  I do eat meat.  And fish.  Every year I say I’ll make time to hunt again.   I commend PETA for raising the issue of standard of care of reptiles.  It reminds me what I’m willing to stomach, what I’m not, and why…

From the Jakarta Post today:

Activists rally to campaign against exotic-skin trade
Hasyim Widhiarto,  The Jakarta Post 04/07/2010

A dozen of animal right activists staged Wednesday a rally on Jl. Sudirman, Central Jakarta, campaigning for an end to exotic animal skin trade for fashion products.

Spokeswoman for the Asia-Pacific’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Ashley Fruno said the rally was held to follow up the organization’s investigation, which found that (more…)

Big Snakes Get Squeezed

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Well, it may be goodbye big pythons and boa constrictors.  This morning a US Senate committee approved S373, a ban on the import and interstate trade of 9 “giant” constrictor snake spp.   Too bad the python industry could not control itself at some point over the past 30 years (I loved my boyhood Burmese python, Socrates).  Boa constrictors would be a real and unnecessary loss.  As for the truly giant pythons and anacondas, their sale and keeping should have been controlled by the industry years ago.  Common sense says that unlimited sales of 30 foot reticulated pythons was going to bite the entire trade one day.  Not only did some leading dealers sell as many retics and burms as they could, many knowingly imported their giant pythons from the world’s biggest international illegal wildlife traffickers (and still do).  (more…)

Conan O’Brien Has Herps!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

I always wanted a mangrove snake when I was a kid.  “They’re rear-fanged,” I told my mom.  “That means they have to swallow you before they envenomate you.”  I finally got to hold one in Indonesia recently.  Very cool. Nigel brought out some of my favorite animals during this show.