dogofwar wrote:"Common sense is non-existent when you have to punch holes in a large fish's tail to stop them from doing what they do. What's next, breaking a dog's leg because it want to chase a cat in you house?"
...or two holes if one isn't enough...
Such laws are useless because they're not enforceable.
Also, outlawing fish also has the unintended consequence of making fish more desirable to some. When snakeheads were legal in the US, very few kept them (ugly mean fish that would, eventually, jump out and die). Now, they're the Holy Grail for some.
It's up to hobbyists to police ourselves the best we can...
Very well put. I agree that we need to police ourselves. Maybe some sort of industry self regulation would be prudent.
Your statement actually reminds me of another unfortunate consequence of government regulation of our hobby.
Since the banning of Snake Heads, we have been unable to purchase the smaller members of the family that actually made good aquarium residents.
Instead of specifically banning the large species, they banned them all. But who knows, the smaller members of the family could have had a similar impact if released in our waters as well.
I know, that is a little off topic, but it is an example of what could happen when our hobby becomes regulated and species become restricted.