Reminder that the salamander and newt hobby is getting completely shut down soon. If you wanted any species of salamander/newt that isn't a tiger salamander or axolotl, you have until january 28th to get it.
It'll wreck it the hobby. Won't do much to some species being bred in a lot of areas, but a LOT of now common species will be entirely gone since they're all imports.
Firebellies are gonna go the way of the giant millipede and emporer scorpion, I know later I'm going to hit the fish store and get like a dozen of them since they're all imports and practically no one breeds them.
True, my point was a ton of species are going from being cheap staples to either completely not around at worst, to rare and expensive at best practically overnight so get what you can now.
It sure as hell hurts the hobby though when you can't ship animals from state to state or import new blood/species ever again.
>it harms people who pretend to be a part of it.
You don't get to decide who's a part of it or not.
But your own elitist attitude aside, those hobbyists you reject so casually are the experts of the future. That's how people get into the hobby - they impulse buy some cheap and common animal they see at the pet shop and then learn about it after the fact.
When nobody new is joining your elite corps of animal experts, it's dying. And dying is usually considered bad.