Come on folks, there are only a few days left to comment on this! Deadline is July 24th! This Thursday!
All Americans who appreciate their freedom to have pets should comment. This may only affect big snake keepers now, but any species could be the next target. The entire pet community is being picked apart as we are not supporting each other in protecting our freedoms. Support your pet and reptile community and comment today! Over 80 million American households have pets. Over five million of those have pet reptiles. There should be tens or hundreds of thousands of comments made against adding additional species to the Constrictor Rule. This needs to be shared! Below are Talking Points, comment links, mailing address, sample letter, FAQ and more.
Deadline is July 24 (no extension): Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is taking additional comments regarding listing five species of snakes (Boa constrictor, Reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, Green anaconda and Beni anaconda) as injurious under the Lacey Act. These species were originally proposed in 2010. If listed, FWS would ban interstate transportation/commerce and importation. Remember to be professional and civil with your comments.
Please guys, if you haven’t yet, go visit the site and comment to defend our ability to keep our animals. If you missed why this is so important to us (and me) last time, it’s this: once added to the Lacey act, these animals cannot be moved or sold across state lines.
For me, and in time you (you know they’re coming for BPs and smaller exotics next, just look at the bans coming out of West Virginia and the Carolinas), this means:
1. If you get a job in another state or have to move to another state, you cannot take your pet(s) with you like a responsible owner.
2. If your vet is across state lines or you have to seek medical attention for your animal across state lines, you can’t take it there.
3. You can’t ship in or ship out from your state, destroying any chance at a solid business.
4. Do you travel from state to state doing educational programs with your animals? Good luck. You might be able to get a permit for it. Maybe. If they’re feeling generous.
5. Conservation through captive breeding? Not anymore.
And if you get caught trying to take your pet or sell your stock over state lines?
1. Up to $10,000 in fines
2. Jail time
3. Congratulations, you are now a felon.
So again, please help us stop this assault on responsible reptile ownership.
Hey guys, so I try and keep my pet blogging to my snake blog but this is coming up and we really need your help.