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veronicae (was [Killietalk] RE: Killies in the classroom)
Chris <cgraseck at optonline_net> wrote:
In response to Ralph Tran's interesting post on the use of *Cyprinodon
veronicae* in the classroom I'm wondering if it is legal to maintain
this fish in the United States. Am I mistaken in thinking that in the
United States, we are not permitted to keep any of the desert pupfish?
I'm not the real authority on this, but my understanding is that our
moronic congressfools passed a law that prohibits keeping alive any
species declared threatened, endangered or extinct by the country of
origin. Basically they are telling us we must kill and bury them, at
once, or face very stiff (if never enforced) penalties!
I understand that *C. veronicae* no longer exists at Charco Azul, since
that spring fed pool dried up in 96, but does this change anything as
far as the legality of keeping this fish goes?
It does if Mexico has declared them extinct (threatened or endangered).
I believe they have, but I could be wrong on that.
I'm not trying to argue
the logic just wondering what the law says.
I'm delighted at that. Defending the logic is quite impossible for
normal folks. Understanding our environmental laws requires a suspension
of belief and intelligence, at times. You need that noticeable 25%-50%
drop in IQ that seems to come with putting a baseball cap on backwards. :-)
PS. There have never been any killifish on the CITES list, thanks to the
good efforts of the late Al Castro. He convinced the bureaucrats that
there was no commercial market for them, therefore no need for listing!
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