a case study about pointless legislation which most attorneys
could never do justice to (unless they are 200+ years old).
The case involved
an actual murder of an alligator.* A Georgia citizen killed
an alligator to protect his child and other children because
it was near where they walked on the way to their school.
He was charged with killing an animal on the 'threatened species'
were declared an endangered species in 1967. For additional protection they were also put
on the CITES
list as well. Then they increased
tremendously in numbers until now there are over a million alligators,
which is about the number there were 200 years ago.
in 1987 they were taken off that CITES list and put on Appendix
II of the 'CITES
threatened species list'. However don't let the title
of the list fool you. Alligators are not threatened at all but they
(right) look a lot like the American
Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, to the average
person and those are still on the Endangered Species list.
They kept the American Alligator on the list only to prevent
the accidental deaths of Crocodiles and CITES even admits
that is the only reason they are on the list.
However American Crocodile's only live on the very southern
tip of Florida so saving Crocodiles by protecting the entire
crocodilian family including all Alligators is probably the
worst case of profiling that I've ever seen.
2. It's a violation
of our Constitutional right to protect ourselves.
3. You will undoubtedly
agree with me when I unequivocally state that protecting Alligators
that want to eat small children in Georgia because they look
like South Florida Croc's is exactly that. A big croc.**
The irony of it is
that now there are so many Alligators in the state of Florida
that the State of Florida allows people to hunt
Alligators. Which defeats the whole purpose of the legislation
but that is not the end of it.
The American Crocodile
is not endangered at all in Central America and they are
genetically identical to the Southern Florida Crocodiles. Since poachers
could claim that innocent Florida Crocodile pelts were really
imported pelts from Central America the importing of Crocodiles
pelts from Central America is also outlawed.
Since about 170
countries adhere to the CITES treaty all those countries also
made importing Crocodile pelts from Central America a major
crime with penalties up to eight years in prison.***
Nobody can tell
me why importing Crocodiles skins into Bulgaria affects the
murder rate of innocent Florida Crocodiles.
So this is another
In fact CITES is
now spurring on crime in the form of 'Crocodile pelt laundrying'.
In a recent year Hungary reported exporting over 3,000 Croc
skins and almost none were imported. The last time I looked
they did not have any Crocodile farms in Hungary so they must
be smuggling them in and then exporting them as legit Croc
Also, we now we
have a huge population explosion of Crocodiles in Central
America because of the CITES treaty. There are millions
of starving Central American children who could be fed if
only their fathers were allowed to hunt Crocodiles instead
of it being the other way around with those hungry Crocs eating
the hungry children.
That is not the
end of it. In order to escape overcrowding at home Crocodiles
in Central America climb on logs that drift out to sea. Then
the clockwise circulation of the Caribbean Ocean delivers them on the shores of South Florida as regularly
as it does Cubans on inner tubes.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we attempt to save Crocodiles.
were one of my favorites to use as examples. Today lawyers
are refereed to as sharks but 200 years ago
lawyers were called alligators. Also we used to hunt them
as I describe on the lower part of this
**I don't even
think Crocodiles belong in the United States and they shouldn't
be there in the first place.
The cold snaps
in Southern Florida probably kill all those Crocs about every
100 or so years. Their location in Florida combined with the fact
that they are genetically identical to Central American crocs
indicates that all Florida Crocs are recent arrivals from
Central America and not even endogenous to the United States.
That makes them illegal aliens who should be sent back home.
*** EU countries
are considering a new agreement that would allow tourists
to bring home a small amount of crocodile skin products for
personal use without the need for permits. TAT
2005-8 John Pinil