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Ban on endangered otter trade to take effect amid pet boom

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Will this be more effective than the ban on ivory?

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People who trade in these animals should be made to pay in kind!

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People who trade in these animals should be made to pay in kind!

Very Old Testament if you, Yubaru. Can't say that I disagree though.

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Well,there goes my dream for a house pet and my favorite past time watching youtube channels about otters i guess. My favorite otter on youtube is Bingo. He always cheer me up. I learn so much about this animal. But i kinda understand the need to protect this animal. Can’t let such a beautiful creature goes extinct.

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These otters have been listed as highly endangered for thirty odd years, but it’s only now Japan decides to ban their trade after hundreds (possibly thousands) have been sold in Japan as pets and cafe attractions. How wonderful!

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How does their popularity hurt its status as an endangered species? Demand will fuel breeding efforts and the numbers will increase.

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Otters are animals accustomed to large amounts of space to move, play, and live. Something like a otter cafe is monstrous. Not every animal needs to be domesticated.

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Hiro, if you like watching otters, I'd recommend the classic British film Ring of Bright Water. Gavin Maxwell understood that his otter needed plenty of space, like JJ Jetplane said, and so decided to move from London to the west coast of Scotland!

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Human beings have a habit of making other animals' lives a misery. I am so glad a growing number of countries are banning animal circuses.

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People who trade in these animals should be made to pay in kind!

Yes. Make the traders and the otter cafe proprietors go and live in an Indonesian river, see how they like that.

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Their is no reason, to keep a wild animal, as domestic pet, a woman learn this the hard way, when she was found strangle by a python, you can keep a king cobra as pet in Texas ,with a 10 dollar fee

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How does their popularity hurt its status as an endangered species? Demand will fuel breeding efforts and the numbers will increase.

Doesn't work that way in the real world. Its way cheaper to poach them in the wild and smuggle them into Japan than it is to legitimately breed them. So the rise in demand just fuels poaching which decreases their numbers in the wild and puts the survival of the species outside captivity at greater risk.

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What an amazing animal! They mate for life, live in family units, and should not be kept as pets. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_small-clawed_otter

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So if it’s not a dog or cat, I shouldn’t own it, eh? Crazy.

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Otter ban all and any commercial/ private transactions. Who on earth needs an otter?

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Yup - register all existing, and ban the transfer, sale, and breeding - except to registered organisations dedicated to their preservation.  Prison at hard labor for violators.

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I'm going to go buy 2 and breed my own.

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I doubt Japan will actually respect this ban. They seem to have no empathy for the animals, and only seem to care about the "enjoyment" they get from exploiting them.

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