This is a great topic and an interesting debate. I side with Brent on the subject. I am constantly worried that some yahoo gets in the hobby for a buck and does something so stupid that the feds take notice and our hobby is regulated away, so that we'll need permits and licenses for leopard frogs. Extreme? Maybe, but why even risk it?
And we can do something about it. Especially when we have a voice with Dendroboard and other fine bulletin boards, and the power to make choices. I am so glad of all the local groups popping up and I hope more do as well. It is because of these groups that beginners get a good foothold into the hobby without being ripped off. These groups do a great job at having fun, but also at creatining an environment for trading frogs, sharing ideas, and educating one another. Even if that means the non-frogger. That way people can see that we are not the money grubbing monsters that a few people portray us to be. They can have access to frogs without having to risk buying an expensively, thin, parasite loaded animal.
Personally, in my own opinion, I do not by wild caught frogs. Why not? Well. What is wrong with captive bred animals? Mine breed just as quickly and in the same numbers as some wild caught pairs of people I know. I just don't see the need to grab large numbers of animals in the wild, when we have perfectly healthy ones right at home. Show me the data that wild caughts out perform captive bred animals in breeding production? And is that even so important? Even necessary? It is certainly not a requirement for enjoying these animals. I just personally have a problem stealing an animal from the wild and placing it in captivity without a choice or benefit for it. Many disagree with me and thats fine. But I will also agree that we do we need some importation. I say yes, but in limited quantities, to qualified people. There is a benefit in doing so. It satisfies the demand, and creates opportunities for others to enjoy these animals without having to go back again and again to their habitats. Brent mentioned the INIBCO project. I hope that instead of D. mysteriosus being imported (stolen) illegally. It is given the chance to breed for some of our premiere dart frog breeders. There are so many talented people out there who will do good things with these frogs, and in doing so create F1's, F2's and so on so that legal captive bred specimens can be purchased in the US with having to grab more from the wild. It has already happened with D. ventrimaculatus, and many, many others.
But know this, as I mentioned before, we have the power to make large scale imports unsuccessful. Don't buy em, and tell people that you know not to as well. Eliminate the demand for these frogs by educating people through shows, boards, and groups. And believe it or not, I can actually contact my state and federal legislators and they get back to me. Write em, and tell em how you feel. If they are any good at what they do, they will get back to you. Try it, I have and it works. It won't eliminate people from obatining imported frogs completely, no way, but every drop in the bucket counts.