Sunday, July 13, 2008

Illegal Snake Bust

I love headlines with phrases like "illegal snake bust" or "pumpkin caper gone awry" or "snowman meets maker in late March."

I suppose I had some awareness of the underground exotic animal trade, but I never thought to connect the snake-handling fundamentalist Christian churches with it. Of course, it makes sense if you're the pastor of a place like the Right Hand Of Jesus With Signs Following Church in Alabama.

"You can purchase anything off the Internet except common sense," zoo director Jim Harrison said. "A venomous snake isn't a pet. You don't play with it. If you do, you're an idiot."