Pythons have long been a major environmental issue in the Florida Everglades — where they slither free and multiply quick, unchecked by any of the predators that keep the balance in line in the species' native Asian environment. The state has previously offered cash bounties to anyone able to capture the rogue pythons, but now, both independent designers and the Florida Wildlife Commission are seeking to solve the problem and meet a market demand in one fell swoop. Alice Hines reports on the growing trend for The Cut, in an article that's left us thoroughly unsure what to think.
While reading Hines' article, we were surprised at how many people were all for it. We hate the thought of snakes being tortured for their skins. We also hate the thought of a fragile, unique environment like the Everglades being further damaged by non-native animals because humans couldn't be bothered to be responsible pet owners. It's not an ideal solution, but it is an option — one that, it appears, is currently being put to use. What do you think? Any ideas for a better way to solve this environmental conundrum? (The Cut)
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