Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Vinson Massif, Antarctica
The ban is only effective in the United States, and has been active since June 2003 and the CDC/FDA say they have no intention of lifting it any time soon. It includes Prairie dogs (Cynomys sp.), tree squirrels (Heliosciurus sp.), rope squirrels (Funisciurus sp.), African dormice (Graphiurus sp.), giant pouched rats (Cricetomys sp.), Brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus sp.), and striped mice (Hybomys sp.). It bans them from being imported into the country entirely, and restricts them from being transported, sold or traded (it also includes a ban on the public disposal of their remains) in the US. Most of these animals are still readily available throughout Europe and in Canada.
Australian rodents/mammals were not banned, but Australia itself bans the export of almost all of its native species. Most of the Australian species that are common in the US, like sugar gliders, carpet pythons, and bearded dragons, are either actually from New Guinea (the big island north of Australia), or have been captive bred for many generations.
She sits in her corner, singing herself to sleep.
Wrapped in all of the promises, that no one seems to keep.