By DAVID MARKLAND
Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at 09:15AM
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — A new ordinance designed to give law enforcement another tool in the fight against illegal animal sales on Los Angeles streets took a step forward this week, but it remains to be seen if it will have any effect on a problem that numerous raids and frequent arrests have done little to impact.
On any given day, shoppers along Maple in the Fashion District can find street vendors selling small turtles no larger than a quarter and baby rabbits that could fit in the palm of your hand. “Downtown could easily be Bangladesh,” says Lejla Hadzimuratovic, who has lived all over the world and witnessed similar scenes in third-world countries.
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