AR-News: (US) Tighter rules on exotic pets sought

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Mon Jul 21 03:47:11 EDT 2003


[from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

The dangers posed by exotic animals have been magnified by the Internet
and increased international trade, which have made it easier for people to
acquire more wild animals and more diverse species from remote lands.

"We now have this potential to make it literally one global infectious
disease world," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for
Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

The monkeypox outbreak illustrates how a germ can be unleashed on an
entire continent, putting people who never had contact with an exotic
animal at risk of getting a potentially disfiguring, even deadly, disease.
...
For years, animal rights advocates have called for restrictions or bans on
the trade of exotic and wild animals. Groups such as the American
Veterinary Medical Association have lobbied for the same thing because of
the public health risk.

full story:
http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/jul03/156575.asp

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