A law has gone into office proposing a ban on international and interstate shipping of breeder sold salamanders. If this law goes into affect then almost all salamanders will only be available from local sources, and there a very few of those. You may no longer be able to own salamanders as pets!
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The newt- and salamander-keeping hobby is much larger than you realize. Thousands of animals are sent interstate every year and many Americans support themselves wholly or partially from these sales. These diseases are not found in the pet trade. Cutting off the pet trade would increase the pressure for wild caught specimens, which is harmful to the native populations. Furthermore, hobbyists educate the public on the front lines to care for the future of these wonderful species. Many people would know nothing about these creatures without keepers and hobbyists, and the salamander pet trade. This knee-jerk ban does not help the problem but exacerbate it. We agree with an import ban; it would be wonderful if the demands for salamanders and newts could be met within the nation by small and larger scale newt and salamander breeders. It is not right to put an end to this hobby which brings joy and knowledge to so many people. There are better solutions. This plan is not well thought out or well grounded in scientific fact. Thank you.
Today there is a new Bonklet!
Ned (named by nonsensearchives) has grown his arms this morning!
Ned is still a little bit surprised and he is hiding in the water.
All the Small Pobblebonks have moved to a bigger tub because now there are 4 of them - an army of Small Pobblebonks!
Goblin and Mudkip investigated the new tub thoroughly.