A typically lie filled article, to many to break down one by one in full detail but I'll touch on a few.
a dealer was nabbed with one of Dave Prival’s twin-spotted rattlesnakes in 2006.
On popular internet reptile-trading sites such as "not allowed", a prime twin-spot can easily fetch $1,500.
Are you kidding? People wont touch them unless you can prove that they are completely legal. The only animal's that ever come up for sale are verifiable CB. They have been bred a million times in Europe. The market for these animals is minuscule. Most of the people who would want them couldn't pay 500 a piece let alone $1500. 10 yrs ago a guy got caught with one and they try to make it seem like its an everyday thing.
And snake poachers know about Prival’s long-running research locations. As a result, his crew spends much of its field time chasing off guys who lurk around with snake hooks and canvas bags.
This again is a lie, its a page from the timber rattlesnake BS playbook(The ghost that are den raiders), but to the point Dave has no authority to tell anyone anything.
And bringing poachers to justice is a heartbreaking challenge. “The amount of effort it the amount of effort it takes to catch somebody doing that is unbelievable.
Lets see. Poachers are so common that Dave and his buddy's spend "much of their time" chasing them. But, the amount of effort it the amount of effort it takes to catch a poacher is unbelievable ? Why doesn't Dave set some of these poachers up since he sees them so often? Rhetorical question. Because Dave is lying. He has never seen a poacher. He has harassed innocent people and classified them all as poachers in his self absorbed mind . But an actual poacher. That's something much rarer then his twin spotted rattlesnake's.
Internationally, the black market in wildlife is a multibillion-dollar industry, believed to rank only below drug trafficking in the amount of the money it generates.
That line has been repeated every article but never backed up by any verifiable information. And what percentage of that alleged multibillion-dollar industry is tied to the live reptile trade, virtually nothing. You show me any big money that can be made trading in illegal live reptiles. There's not a single species worth messing with, including rattlesnakes. Certainly a knucklehead pulls a stunt here and there and the anti ownership creeps along with their flunky scientist cohorts try to make it look like an epidemic. But the truth the is trade in illegal wild reptiles is almost non existent.
To bring states’ laws more into sync, the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity has started a campaign to clamp down on the rampant turtle trade. That could spark more consistent protections for all reptiles, according to the center’s herpetofauna attorney, Collette Adkins.
The Center for Biological Diversity is nothing more then a law firm that specialize in environmental blackmail. They have a long and dirty history. The scumbags that work there are the equivalent of environmental ambulance chasers.
Climate change has already taken a toll.
Cant do a piece without working that catch phrase in. LOL