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14 May 2005



The brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) is Australian. And it is distressing how people release their pets into the wild this way. If anything, one can only hope that the predators, disease, or starvation were quick to eliminate them. God forbid that any more species establish themselves. Our most common species are almost all non-native already. (Still traumatised by the American bullfrog I spotted in the Botanic Gardens. I know about how much damage they cause to native amphibians, and my first reaction was: Holy f***, they're here?)


The bullfrogs are established in some parts locally, though as long as the Central Reserves are kept pristine, they should have difficulty establishing themselves in the acidic waters. Elsewhere (http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=34424), people are still seeing these frogs as a money bag without regard for the native treasures in their midst.

J Lim

The irony between Ethics of intention and Ethics of consequence.

Perhaps it would be better for these devotees not to do all these "fang sheng" and I guess it is better that these animals remain in the cage better. at least there is food/water and shelter for them

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