I lived up north Rockman,and worked for a unionized company as both a union worker and a manager of unionized employees. That company is doing just fine. You may speak from experience, but your broad brush paints a very inaccurate picture. NAFTA has more to do with the exodus of manufacturing than unions. If I'm wrong about that, explain to me why the non-unionized textile industry has all but fled THE SOUTH for overseas? It's all about increasing profit at the expense of American jobs. Union or otherwise.
No big deal huh? This guy Hurd breaks the law, and one of the snakes he illegally posseses kills somebody.
Aside from the fact that it is illegal to possess these animals in the State of Tennessee, it is also illegal to collect these animals in many places. I am not amused when somebody collects wildlife illegally from our public lands. This impoverishes these lands for all. And yes, that includes venomous snakes. They play an important role in their native habitat. Encountering a venomous snake is often the highlight of any hike that I take.
I say... throw the book at this guy!