Earlier this month, US Senators held hearings on invasive species. The US model for these type of high-level hearings is really impressive and Senators look deeply at an issue without party political point scoring. The session is available for viewing, and the terrifying series of examples is longer than anyone would ever want to hear. Florida, one of the world's hot spots for invasive species, gets put under the microscope - in particular, they have almost plague numbers of boa constrictors and Burmese pythons now in the Everglades. It made me glad Governor Darling did not get his wish to acclimatise boa constrictors to Australia. The American freedom ideal often extends to private citizen's right to own many exotic pets and this has caused real problems for wildlife and ecosystems. A pet Burmese python recently killed a small girl in Florida, reminding us of the power and size of these snakes.
Amongst the mass of economic, environmental and war issues that those on Capitol Hill must have to concern themselves with, it is encouraging that invasive species haven't dropped off the national agenda.
Posted by Tony Peacock, founder of 'Feral Thoughts'