Imagine receiving one of these packages by accident, not knowing what was inside?!
I do not like spiders *shock*
So anything that makes me feel BAD for the spiders I do not like?
I generally dislike more!
A German man has been arrested on animal smuggling charges after he allegedly mailed hundreds of live tarantulas to customers in the United States. Sven Koppler, 37, was busted yesterday when he arrived in Los Angeles to meet with an associate, according to investigators.
In announcing Koppler’s arrest, federal officials today released the above evidence photos showing some of the seized arachnids.
The federal probe of Koppler began in March, when agents intercepted a package headed for L.A. that contained about 300 tarantulas. Investigators subsequently seized a second United States Postal Service shipment containing nearly 250 live tarantulas. During an undercover probe (dubbed “Operation Spiderman”) run by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents, Koppler allegedly mailed several other packages containing tarantulas. [Read More]
As much as I find spiders icky and a pox on humanity, they are still living creatures. And, as someone who has worked in the postal industry, I know how some of those packages are treated. I can only imagine what the poor spiders (and dammit that I even have THAT thought in my head in the first place) went through during the mailing process.
Now if you will excuse me, after reading this?
I have to go wash my brain out with bleach, to cleanse it of ANY sympathetic thoughts for spiders…
Be right back.