Many people who regularly follow what we do here, and on our sister sites Reptile Living Room & Herpetoculture House eZine, know that we don’t whine and complain about topics which get under our skin. We report, give guidance when asked, and generally try to be a cohesive part of the reptile community at large which includes both herpetoculture and herpetology. Continue reading
The following press release was issued by USARK earlier today. Rather than insert my personal opinion I simply offer this as news and will allow you to form your own opinion. USGS Denies Due Process to Reptile Industry | Reuters.
Everyone in herpetoculture thinks about it but no one will ever say it. So here it is in black & white for everyone to take a real hard look at. Who is actually responsible when an individual is injured by a reptile? Before you freak out and begin running up the storm flag, really ask yourself who is responsible and where are the borders in a customer relationship?
Let’s just say you sell someone a reptile that injures someone. Who does the responsibility fall on? Is it the keeper/owner or should it be the seller? I know most of you will say that it’s the owner. Now then I ask you, was that person educated to the best of your ability? Was that individual experienced with that particular reptile or something similar? I can tell you from personal experience that over 50% of retailers whether at shows or local shops cannot answer those questions. How about you? Continue reading