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Old 07-30-2009, 01:12 AM   #1
Jungle Gems
Question What Would You Do?

If you worked with a particular animal species that you know very well and you saw a person/people selling and completely misrepresenting that species in order to make a sale, what would be your course of action? Several people have already come to me asking about a particular ad and I've given my thoughts and my personal experience, but I'm unsure as to whether or not I should write the person who listed them in the first place to summarize their errors or if this would be in bad taste. I'm really not trying to be mean but some of the information is completely fabricated and misleading.

I don't want to mention the person or the species in question at the moment (hoping for some degree on naivety on their part which is giving the party much credit). Any input would be appreciated. I see this happen a lot and the animals suffer for it in the longrun after being tossed around and I don't want to see that happen again if I can prevent it.

Thank you!
Old 07-30-2009, 02:01 AM   #2
If the seller really doesn't know any better, then a kindly worded message would probably be appreciated. Of course, if he THINKS he knows what he is doing, or is just looking for a quick buck, you might get a very different response.
Glad to see people looking out for the critters...Good Luck!
Old 07-30-2009, 08:56 AM   #3
Tiger Lilly
Depending on the response you receive from said seller, you could also post a sticky regarding the pertinent info about this type of animal. You might consider listing reference material as well, so that others can further expand their knowledge of this particular animal.
Old 07-30-2009, 10:24 AM   #4
Miss Tuniwha
Yeah.. I personally, would NICELY reply PRIVATELY to the seller.. from THERE make any other decisions..

If they are blatantly misrepresenting them (knowingly).. make it known..
Old 08-04-2009, 09:52 PM   #5
Jungle Gems
Thanks so much, all.

Seeing animals misrepresented is something that plagues me and this misrepresentation is a blight on the industry itself. Having been the victim of such falsehoods in the past I have a vested interest in and obligation towards protecting others, our hobby, and, most importantly, the animals from it happening to them in the future.

I have decided to heed the sound advice given here and send this seller a very polite private e-mail explaining the many indescretions in their ad, which I can not only back with personal experience but scientific data. Unfortunately, I do believe this person is willfully and knowingly lying about the animals, but their reaction to my e-mail once these issues are brought to light will speak volumes.

Thanks again for all of your insight. It is much appreciated.

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