Dear Mr Newman,
I hope that you do not mind me contacting you, BUT!! As I came across your site when searching out any breeding details on the Mexican Tiger Rump Tarantula Cyclosterernum fasciatum as I have a collection of tarantulas myself, my lady has just matured, anyway I saw you note about M/ Males on loan, goodness me I have let 7 males out myself and yes the same thing has happened to me!!!!! How distressing this has become, now as I only wish to breed a few of my ladies I have decided I would rather the males stay with me until they die. I have tried to get it more noticed myself but no one seems bothered at all, I then thought that letting 3 males go out on loan or as a gift in one case to a spider club I would be kept informed of the males progress But!!! Nothing , It leaves such a bad taste in my mouth, as I welcome people into my home and everyone is so grateful bla bla bla , and as soon as they have left Nothing.What a shame these people can,t be named and shamed as it really is not fair, not only for the act itself but if like myself you care about your spiders you or I know I do worry just how they are being treated.
Sorry to be on the end of my rant but I know how you feel and there must be many many more people such as ourselves.
Take care and all the very best.
Mrs Yvonne Woolley.
P.S I have just purchased an SLR camera myself , but when I see your photographs all I can do is wonder how the heck you do it , thank you for the pleasure of allowing me or us to see them and well done and keep it up.