RichFrye wrote:I don't think everyone is on the same page here, so I'll try to explain a little simple history.
Mysties are a dart species which were never exported for any reason at all from their native country. That country, Peru, has contacted several nations letting them know of their wishes to work with CITES member nations to stop the flow of their stolen property. Some nations actively seek out mysties being smuggled into their country , and some do not. The U.S.A. does follow the wishes of Peru in prosecuting the thieves and smugglers.
It's that simple.
Rich you have a profound knowledge of darts,from reading your threads. I have much respect for your thoughts. What should be done here in the UK, and other countries that have these frogs. They are here in numbers,in fact strange as it may seem they probably out number my superblue auratus by tenfold probably many more times.I was told by the shop that I bought the first one off that he has exported to japan with full cites paperwork these very frogs.They are openly for sale here,we are not buying smuggled frogs but probably f3/4 generations from when they were taken from Peru back in the late 90's someone has said earlier in this thread. If all the facts are correct in this thread...which I freely admit I don't know if they all are true,many other of our darts are in this category,say galacs for example. You know I am a novice, but I'm not a thief or a smuggler, I bought my breeding trio off a doctor's wife- good honest people.
We both care deeply about our frogs and their wild counterparts,originally we hoped that in some way we would be able to get our knowledge to such a level with years of good old honest hard work that we would be able to utilise our acquired skills in the captive breeding of darts for release back to their wild habitats,as our knowledge increases we have realised that this is an unlikely prospect. Hence what i proposed a couple of days ago when i first saw this thread.
it is unrealistic here to expect all dartkeepers not to buy these frogs and for them to just slowly disappear,someone will breed them and someone will buy them, novices like myself will make inquiries maybe not get the whole answers and buy, keep and breed these.
if I wasn't always questing for knowledge about our frogs on the Internet and visiting wonderful forums such as this frankly I would be none the wiser. My little guys would be upstairs in their room breeding away,and sooner or later some would move to someone else whom would do the same !