It's a rather poor report in my opinion, nothing but speculation based on rumored activity by collectors. They can't even keep species straight in the report, a picture of a Leopard gecko is labeled as a Flat-tailed (aka Viper) gecko. I don't know how they can claim to have observed any population trends when they don't even know what they're looking at.Reptiles have become increasingly popular as pets all over the world and every year thousands of animals enter the exotic pet trade, many of them exported from this part of the world. One of the surveyors very recently noticed a drastic decline in the population of some lizards and snakes compared to earlier reports. He attributes this decline to the large number of nomadic snake charmer tribes, locally known as “Jogis” involved in illegal smuggling of geckos, turtles, tortoises and snakes, known to be pets in various countries of the world. These Jogis receive a handsome amount from the agents positioned in various areas of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. During the recent ecological assessment the surveyor met one of the families (comprising of about 100 members) who are involved in the collection of reptiles. At the time of the visit the group were in possession of an astounding 321 specimens of Fat-tailed gecko, 151 specimens of Flat-tailed gecko, Teratolepis fasciata and 96 specimens of Chain sand boa. The illegal live reptile’s trade, in fact, is a dilemma and a question mark for the Government agencies and NGOs involved in conservation of biodiversity. No one knows from what period these and hundreds of other Jogis started this illegal trade of live reptiles and how much damage has been caused to reptile’s biodiversity by such activities. The practice continues unabated and unchecked and there seems to be no constraint for them to wipe out every reptile species.
How do you propose we establish captive bred populations without taking animals from the wild? Do you have a way to simply magick them into existence? Wild caught animals have their place in the hobby, there is nothing inherently illegal or immoral about them.People aren't stupid for collecting as I can name about 20 companies on Fauna Classified that currently have WC specimens for sale, we are stupid for continuing to buy WC animals that keep the illegal trading going.
People want to camplain about the depletion of animals in the wild but yet they are the same ones buying WC specimens. Not saying which one is right or wrong just you cant say people that collect WC to sell are wrong but not lay blame on people who purchase them as well which I was pointing out. I have been in the hobby for 20 years so I do not need a lesson on how breeding populations are established but thanks though. I have family in Uzbekistan and believe me the state of economy over there people do what they need to survive and collecting animals and fish are some what easier than say maybe drugs because there is nothing illegal about it. Sometimes they tend to overcollect which is where the problem lies. My cousin there has a very nice collection of the subspecies leopard geckos he has collected in his travels to Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. He tells me he paid as little as 1.00 USD for some of the same ones I have seen got for 100. His breeders are 100% WC and that is because he is so close to the actual geographical range of collection and the ones I saw for sale while I was there I would have died to have in my breeders.How do you propose we establish captive bred populations without taking animals from the wild? Do you have a way to simply magick them into existence? Wild caught animals have their place in the hobby, there is nothing inherently illegal or immoral about them.