Last week Carabineros de Chile in a routine procedure carried out in the locality of Pullally, La Ligua commune, detected the transfer of 1,900 rose tarantulas, for which they called officials Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) of the Ministry of Agriculture, with the objective of giving notice regarding an infraction to the Law of Hunting. In this way, from the SAG of the region of Valparaiso came to the place proceeding to confiscate the species, which would be marketed as pets.
There were 1,900 specimens seized in the Region of Valparaíso which were released this week by the SAG in the commune of Punitaqui. This is the second release in the Region of Coquimbo in less than a month. In this regard, the Regional Manager of Natural Resources of the SAG in the Region of Valparaíso, Aurora Espinoza, explained that "in Chile there are rules that allow breeding these species, which is regulated, however, in this case is a traffic in which specimens are removed from their natural habitat with the aim of commercializing them. According to the information we have been able to obtain these were extracted from the Region of Coquimbo, specifically from Punitaqui. "
The director of the SAG in the Region of Coquimbo, Jorge Fernandez, said that "this is the second release of these species that we made in less than a month and were extracted from the municipality of Punitaqui, adding more than 2,000 rose tarantulas have been returned to their natural habitat. These species are protected by the Hunting Law, so removing them from their environment is a serious violation of the Law, which can lead to fines ranging from 3 to 50 UTM to prison in their middle to maximum degree.
The transport of the specimens was carried out in very small, dirty, bad, some broken plastic containers, evidencing a repeated use of these, and without a system for hydration to the specimen. Therefore, the inspectors of the SAG had to verify and review the state of health of the specimens, in addition to proceed to hydrate them. The Director of the SAG of the Region of Valparaíso, Francisca Herrera Monasterio, regretted the situation, explaining that there is no justification to extract these species from their natural habitat and bring them to an export situation, totally prohibited by the Hunting Law. We ask the community to denounce these actions; You can do it in any office of the SAG or in the institutional website www.sag.gob.cl
For the release of the "rose tarantulas" in Punitaqui, SAG officials were to release them one by one at different points in the commune.This was explained by the Natural Resources Officer of the Region of Coquimbo, Raúl Torres "for the release of these specimens we had to assemble several teams with the aim of being able to distribute them in different sectors of the commune, since they have to be released at a distance between 5 and 10 meters from each other, since being a very territorial species can attack, however, is a species harmless to humans.
These arthropods are protected by Hunting Law No. 19,473 for several factors. One of them is that they are a great contribution to the balance of the ecosystem as biological controllers, in addition they have been strongly threatened by the fragmentation of their natural habitat and by the strong pressure of capture to be exported and marketed as pets.