Exotic animal amnesty day a huge success

This is a great idea to have a day where people who own exotic animals can turn them in to authorities who will place them in zoos or nature centers. Exotic animals are not pets. Many of them live long lives in captivity. Burmese pythons grow too large to be kept in a home.

I volunteer at a zoo which receives calls daily from pet owners who are trying to get rid of their overgrown python.

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Just a few hours ago, the first ever Connecticut exotic animal amnesty day ended on a high note. Before the event opened at 10 am, people were waiting in line for the chance to hand over their exotic pets in a “don’t ask, don’t tell” scenario. The event was co-sponsored by the Beardsley Zoo and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the event personally but had the opportunity to conduct a phone interview with Dennis Schain, Communications Director of the CT DEP.

According to Schain, the amnesty day was such a success that the DEP will be considering future events of its kind. At this time it is not known what other states have held such an amnesty day with the exception of Florida. In fact, the DEP has been in close communication with Florida about pulling off this event which is extremely important for the well being of the animals as well as public safety.

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    trombgirl said,

    I love that idea! I’m glad it was such a success. I wonder if anyone in California is interested in doing that…

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