Updated Wed, Feb 1, 2012 5:28 am
The right to own pythons, tigers, chimps and other exotic pets depends on where in the US you live. The legal US wildlife industry doesn’t get much national attention unless someone is hurt, an exotic pet gets loose or an ecosystem is damaged. A new report links Burmese pythons released in the Florida Everglades to the severe declines of in the region's mammals. The Muskingum County Sherriffs Department were forced shot and kill dozens of exotic animals including wolves, lions, and bears reportedly set free by their distraught owner. As some fight for more regulation, breeders, brokers and owners of exotic pets say they are being unfairly targeted. In this morning's second hour of the Diane Rehm Show, guest host Susan Page and a panel discuss battles over the legal wildlife trade.
The Diane Rehm Show airs weekdays at 10:00AM on WOUB Public Media's FM Network.