Read about the proposal first before acting. If such a proposal goes
into law this would be a huge impact on the hobby as a whole.
Folks this is SERIOUS!!!! US Fish & Wildlife is proposing a ban of ALL
SPECIES in the genera of Python, Boa & Eunectes (Latin for Anaconda).
If this is passed, it will ban all interstate trade (that means buying
& selling!) or importation of those genera (genera = plural for
"genus") in the private sector.
Eunectes = Anacondas
Boa = includes ALL of the Boa constrictor species...yes, your
Colombian boas, your red-tails, Argentine, Bolivian,
Brazilian...anything whose scientific name starts with Boa constrictor...
And folks, the genus "Python" encompasses the following:
Bloods & short-tails
If this goes through, herpetoculture as we know it is going to
RADICALLY change, and NOT for the better! No more big reptile shows,
because out-of-state vendors wouldn't be able to attend. No more
buying your snakes from a breeder out of state. No more herpetoculture
as it is right now!
The time to act is NOW!!!!!!!
Send your comments directly to the government here
This is the proposal found on the Regulations.gov site. I've added the
link after the proposal if you would like to check it out.
Injurious Wildlife Species; Review of Information Concerning
Constrictor Snakes From Python, Boa, and Eunectes genera
Send a Comment or Submission Send a Comment or Submission |
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or We), are reviewing
available biological and economic information on constrictor snakes in
the Python, Boa and Eunectes genera for possible addition to the list
of injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act. An injurious wildlife
listing would prohibit the importation into, or transportation
between, States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto
Rico, or any territory or possession of the United States by any
means, without a permit. Permits may be issued for scientific,
medical, educational, or zoological purposes
Agency: FWS Document Type: OTHER Comments Due: Apr 30, 2008
Docket ID: FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015 Document ID: FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015-0001
Site link for the proposal:
THIS IS AN UPDATE WHICH INCLUDES THE NEWS REPORT FROM PETHOBBIST
COURTESY OF PETHOBBIST.COM AT:
Feds Move To Ban Pythons & Boas
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has made a significant move towards
banning the importation and interstate transport of Boa Constrictors
and Pythons in the United States.
Quietly published in the Federal Register, the agency is accepting
public comments until April 30th. If enacted this will devastate an
already hard hit industry, dealing a fatal death blow to a large
number of businesses dependent on this segment of the industry and
drying up the supply of these pets to pet owners across the United States.
Noted herpetologist, author, former zoo keeper, and one of the leading
private researchers and breeders of pythons in the United States,
David Barker, had this to say...
This is the formal notification and request for public comments
regarding the intention of USF&W Service to place ALL snakes in the
genera Boa, Python, and Eunectes on the Injurious Wildlife List of the
If enacted as regulation, this will ban the importation of said snakes
into the USA , and ban all interstate transportation of said snakes.
There is a request made for public input and we feel it will be very
important that all keepers with an interest in boas and pythons make
written response before 30 April.
This is VERY important. Don't take this lightly.
Once the importation and inter-state transport has been banned, there
will be a rapid exodus of breeders of these species, and eventually
they will disappear from the marketplace along with a significant
number of businesses and jobs. Pet owners will feel the pinch as dry
goods suppliers and caging manufacturers stop producing products for
that segment of the hobby, and eventually it will be impossible to
obtain a new pet boa or python.
To review the USF & W Service proposal, please look at the following
kingsnake.com will host a special chat on the proposed federal
On Friday, February 29, at 10 PM Eastern, in kingsnake.com's Chat Room
Invitations to participate as panelists have been submitted to the
following individuals and organizations. As panelists are confirmed we
will update this message and the guest list for Chat Week. More
panelists may be added as required, and panelists that are unavailable
will be removed from the list.
* Reptiles Magazine
* David/Tracy Barker - Vida Preciosa Intl.
* Kamuran Tepedelen - Bushmaster Reptiles
* Kevin McCurley - N.E.R.D. ~ confirmed
* Jeff Ronne - The Boaphile
* Rich Ihle - Salmonboa.com
* Ralph Davis - Ralph Davis Reptiles
* Jeff Barringer - kingsnake.com ~ confirmed
* USF&W Service
* Brian Sharp - Brian Sharp Reptiles
* Bill Brandt - Gourmet Rodent
* Wayne Hill - National Reptile Breeders Expo
* Eugene Bessette - Ophiological Services
* Bob Clark - Bob Clark Reptiles
* Brian Potter - NARBC/Chicago Reptile House
As the Federal Register outlines, only comments submitted in the
format that they have specified will be reviewed. Comments on message
boards, BLOGs, and petitions will not be accepted or reviewed. We
recommend that everyone focus their efforts on submitting comments
using the required procedure rather than methods that will not produce
Individuals and businesses may submit their comments at
Please take time to review the proposal in full, and only submit
comments relevant to the specific requests. General comments and
abusive comments are liable to be discarded, unread. Please spell
check your comments before submitting them.
LACEY ACT OF 1900
The Lacey Act (pdf file) is a law that dates back to the early 1900's
and is one of the oldest wildlife related laws on the books. Under the
Lacey Act, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to regulate the
importation and transport of species, including offspring and eggs,
determined to be injurious to the health and welfare of humans, the
interests of agriculture, horticulture or forestry, and the welfare
and survival of wildlife resources of the U.S. Wild mammals, wild
birds, fish, mollusks, crustaceans, amphibians, and reptiles are the
only organisms that can be added to the injurious wildlife list.
Read This Link About The Lacey Act