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Monday, March 12, 2007

Exotic animals at La Rambla: Iguana

Exotic animals at Las Ramblas: Iguana
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If I am not in a mistake (you know that classifying animals is not my specialty) this is a green iguana. Exotic specimens like this can be bought in some of the several animal stalls at La Rambla, to be more precise at La Rambla dels Estudis, also known as La Rambla dels Ocells (Birds). The stalls give color to the walk, both those selling animals or the ones selling flowers, and are part of the history of this famous street. But there have been protests against animal vendors by animal rights activists (check their captive animals gallery here). The City Council is trying to regulate vendors' activities and surely will end up reconverting the 14 stalls as there is a project to open interactive information stands for tourists on the same place. In the meantime they are still there as their business is totally legal thanks to a permit granted by the City Council itself. I reckon animals should live in better conditions but owners and their families should be compensated properly too.

9 comments:

  1. It's a striking photo, Carlos. I am of the opinion that animals should be allowed to stay in their natural environment without interference from humans, whenever possible and when there is no danger.

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  2. Thanks Kate. You are right. We have to protect them and handle the La Rambla affair with tact at the same time.

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  3. Gorgeous photo, amazing looking lizard, but wild animals should not be caged :-(

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  4. Gracias por su comentário, fue una bella sorpresa!

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  5. Monica7:31 PM

    Es preciosa!!!! Saludos

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  6. Carlos,

    this is an impressive picture, sharp with well defined colour saturation. Perhaps you can tell us a bit about your camera or settings?

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  7. Bonito ejemplar, saludos

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  8. Every time I see a big lizard like this I'm reminded of the crazy Cheech and Chong movie!

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  9. We have iguanas in the wild here in Australia, they are not always easy to see and that's the way I like it... it makes them even more precious! Great photo.

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