Friday, February 17, 2006

STOP International Pet Ant Trade!: Risks and Dangers of Increasing International Pet Ant Trade (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

"In this article I discuss various risks of this trade: Escaping ants may establish as pest species, may become invasive species, carry diseases that switch over to indigenous species, bastardize local faunas, and even „intraspecific“ faunal bastardization may occur.
I suggest to urge the governments of all nations to ban the trade of invertebrate species, in particular ants and exotic species, for commercial and non-scientific purposes. Exceptional permits should only be granted when escape-proof keeping can be guaranteed."