Thursday, August 22, 2013

Exotic Species for e-sale?

Several rare species of animals and birds are on sale on the web. The Blue Throated Macaw, a magnificent bird endemic to Bolivia, the Military Macaw, an albino Chinese soft-shelled turtle with a pointed nose and the indefatigable Iguana...all are available at one click of the mouse!


Despite being on the list of International Union for Conservation of Nature ( IUCN ), these animals and birds are being advertised for sale on the internet. Sellers, selling these animals and birds, make use of loopholes in wildlife laws worldwide to sell them and make money.


People buying these animals and birds don't realize that these animals and birds are not 'domestic', and are best left in the wild. It is the role of the government to ensure that these animals and birds are not traded in the blatant violation of law. Even to sell birds and animals, which are allowed to be traded under the law, the government must ensure that these traders are properly trained and have valid trading licenses.


In the first place, no animals and birds should be traded at all. Who are we to sell and buy animals and birds? It reminds one of the days when humans were traded as slaves. The best place for animals and birds is the wild and not human colonies, and they should be left in the wild to live their natural lives.








Source:TOI