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    1. Marketplace Rules

      In order to streamline the buy and sell, please use the following format when creating threads in the marketplace. Those threads not following format will be deleted or closed. Buyers/Sellers must provide the following information within the title of the thread: prefix, item, location, and method of transport.

      Prefix explanation : WTB (want to buy), FS (for sale), FT (for trade), FREE

      Format : Prefix - Item - Location (City and State/Province) - Method of Transport (shipping or pick up)

      Example : FS - Arowana - York, PA - Pick-up only

      Example : FT - Polypterus endlicheri - York, PA - shipping or pick-up

      Rules :
      Multiple items are to be listed within a single thread when possible. All threads must contain price, location (city, state/province), valid means of communication (email or pm), and method of distribution (shipping or pick-up). It is both the buyers and sellers obligation to ensure that species are not on the restricted species list. All local laws and restrictions are applicable and it’s the responsibility of the users of MonsterFishKeepers.com to uphold these laws. All threads are to be made in a buy/sell/free format, no auctions or gauging interest threads are permitted. The sale of drugs, paraphernalia, porn, etc will not be permitted. Hijacking or derailment of threads will not be tolerated and posts doing so will be deleted. No solicitation will be allowed.

      Time Limit :
      All buy/sell threads will automatic closed after 21 days.

      Bumps / Take To Top :
      Allowed to be done by the OP 24 hours after last post or bump.

      Marketplace Feedback :
      Use the marketplace feedback system to view the feedback history of any user. Simply click the “Marketplace Feedback” hyperlink under their avatar. Please remember that malicious use of feedback feature will result in disciplinary action.

      Community Vendor :
      A Community Vendor is classified as one who purchases livestock or other goods with the intent to redistribute them. Anyone fitting this description is required to become a vendor and must pay the applicable fees in order to utilize the classifieds section. Click here for more information.

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    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service News Release 8/14/07

    Discussion in 'MFK Marketplace : Buy and Sell' started by DIESELMACK, Aug 17, 2007.

    1. DIESELMACK

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      Wow.. good read..
       
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      intense has you on your toes
       
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      Good point DMACK. We like to be respectful of the law on this site. Breaking the law will only lead to further restriction on the hobby.
       
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      yea man i didnt even know
       
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      Good read.
      $300,000 worth of butterflies:WHOA:
       
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      Think before you buy/sell....there have been a few people here who have been nailed by F & W before, so it is very real, very close to home. We have the rules to protect you from all of this.
       
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      Here it is in case the link is down again:

      Note to Internet Wildlife Criminals: That 'Customer' Could Be a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agent

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      It's true, said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Ed Newcomer, that the internet has made wildlife crime easier, and easier to hide. But it's also made it easier for wildlife law enforcement agents to pose as potential customers -- and to catch people.

      "What works for criminals also works for us," said Newcomer. "The internet provides anonymity for everyone, and when we go online, the people we?re after have no idea who we are."

      Wildlife crime is a huge growth industry, grown larger still by the internet. Most experts believe that the global illegal wildlife trade measures in the billions of dollars, annually. Profits in this illicit market are so huge that law enforcement officers routinely note that the black market in wildlife is now the second largest in the world, ranking only behind the trade in illegal drugs. (In the mid-1990s, an ounce of rhino horn sold in Yemen for about $1,687 per ounce, according to the World Wildlife Fund -- making it more valuable than gold, which has a current price of $667 per ounce).

      Animals -- and that includes everything from insects to bizarre objects like footstools made from elephant feet -- have always had more patrons in the more developed Western countries. The nations that are most likely to have the most vigorous conservation movements also have citizens with the most disposable income. "That's the engine that really drives this train,"; said Newcomer.

      The drive that pushes people to buy such things as bird-eating spiders, giant African scorpions, poisonous snakes, macabre furniture and other ornaments made from animal parts is, said Newcomer, as simple as the desire to want something that nobody else has. The buyers are frequently people in upper income levels who simply seem to be taken by a novelty of the moment. The crime is compounded when the new owners of live exotic creatures become bored -- and decide to dump them in the wild. That has helped place Florida at the top of the list of states with invasive species. California, where Newcomer is based, has its share.

      How much illegal wildlife is available on the internet? Newcomer said it's difficult to know; there is no authoritative, dependable research. But as someone who spends time chasing internet crime, he's confident the numbers run to the thousands.

      Newcomer thrives on the challenge; he relishes telling the story about how he and his colleagues nabbed a man in Los Angeles not long ago who billed himself as "the world's most wanted butterfly smuggler." He sold Newcomer $14,000 worth of protected butterflies and would have sold him $300,000 worth, if Newcomer had had the cash. The smuggler is spending two years in a federal prison.

      The agents' undercover work is as much a battle of wits as anything else; they must change their tactics often -- to fit the changing tactics of the people they are after.

      Newcomer, who earned a law degree before deciding he wanted to be a wildlife agent, isn't discouraged. "Everything I work for is incapable of dialing 9-1-1," said Newcomer. "Wildlife is resilient, but it's not inexhaustible. You worry about reaching the end of the line. I want every illegal wildlife dealer who is online to think about one thing: your next customer may be a Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement agent."

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 97-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 548 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

      -FWS-

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      It's amazing what people can make doing this kind of work. But still the money is nothing compared to the impact on the enviorment and the species. BUST THOSE PEOPLE NEWCOMER!
       

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