We'll probably always disagree on this. I'm not going to argue the legitimacy of whether the animals should or shouldn't be on the Injurious List. It really doesn't matter at this point, ...that boat has sailed.
I think the hobby became an industry, with no rules and very little in the way of ethics. They chose not to unite and clean themselves up, ...so the government is doing it. Not a big surprise.
I agree there are pet owners who are getting the raw end of the deal. Unfortunately, life isn't always fair, and sometimes you pay for the misdeeds of others.
As far as the breeders go, it's not like they didn't know this day was coming. There is no way there were EVER going to be enough qualified homes for the number of animals being imported, bred and sold. EVER. Yet the animals came in wholesalers sold them, pet stores and breeders bought them and breeders pumped out more and more moprhs like there was no tomorrow. Well, tomorrow is here and guess what....
Too many bred because they could, not because there was a need. ...and when they had excess animals, they sold them to anyone with the cash to buy them. Regardless of whether the animal would be in a suitable home or not. Putting money over the welfare of the animals is the whole reason this came about. The breeders and dealers are the real culprits here, not the government.
Sorry about your animals, but I'm wondering why you bought them in the last five years, especially if you thought that you'd breed them or move to another state. Because there has been pending legislation and the rule to list them as Injurious since 2006. So, yeah that was a bad decision on your part if you planned to move back to Wyoming with them. Don't blame the government. The USFWS didn't make you buy snakes that were candidates for the Injurious Species list.
And no, I don't have much sympathy for the folks who have baby burms or eggs. If you continue to breed an animal that you know is going to soon be illegal to ship, ...well, what does that say about your common sense? ...it just emphasizes my point about this industry? What were those folks thinking? The Government didn't put those pairs together. SOME folks might have thought it a smart move to hold off on breeding for a season or three until you find out if you are going to be able to sell those animals. Maybe that's just me.
If people need to be better educated about reptiles....then we should educate them, not take away their rights.
Now you think about education? Now? People have been trying to "educate" owners for years. It hasn't worked because it's the breeders who needed education. Not on how to keep the animals, but WHEN to breed and WHO to sell to.
As long as this industry keeps pointing fingers at everyone except themselves, they are just going to find themselves worse and worse off.
Like they say, when you find yourself in a hole, ...the first thing to do is quit digging.
So, yeah I see a silver lining. There are way too many animals for the homes available. I think euthanasia is better than many of the other options (starving in poor homes; neglect; being sold to 12 year old kids with no concept of what they're getting; being released by ignorant owners; ending up in a too small enclosure in a rescue... I could go on.)
Yeah, I'm angry we've ended up here. But I'm angry with the folks who caused this. I'm angry that the government has to clean it up because they aren't good at things like this. It should have never come to this.