Thursday, December 10, 2009

Frustrations

Well, as you may or may not have known, there is more legislation going on right now to stop the "Big 9".

Who are the Big 9?

"The National Python & Boa ban upon passage would immediately ban the import, export, and movement from state to state of Indian Pythons, Burmese Pythons, African Rock Pythons, Green Anacondas, Yellow Anacondas, and Boa Constrictors."

Why is this important?

This entails A FULL BAN ON IMPORT, EXPORT, AND INTERSTATE TRANSPORT.

This is a huge blow to the Reptile Community. People will not be able to breed Boas or any of the big 9, which are important pieces of the reptile community, as well as good pets for those responsible owners.

And even though that means it isn't talking about Ball Pythons in particular, it means that this is just the beginning.

There is a very real possibility that later on, more legislation will include other species, until all Reptiles are banned.

And here is the latest from USARK, the United States Association of Reptile Keepers.

"December 10, 2009 Wilmington, NC-

Driven by powerful special interests and much media sensation S. 373 aka ‘The Python Ban’ is likely to move forward despite lack of scientific justification. Pushed by Sponsor Senator Bill Nelson and the Humane Society of the United States S. 373 could devastate the trade in high quality captive bred reptiles in the United States.

Today the Senate Committee on the Environment & Public Works (EPW) will hold a business meeting on S. 373. The Committee Chair is Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and the Ranking Member is Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). The committee will hold a mark up session where they will consider S. 373, to amend title 18, United States Code, to add constrictor snakes of the species Python genera to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act. The committee is expected to amend the bill to include the 9 snakes listed on a recent controversial report by the US Geological Survey (USGS). All tolled the bill could stop the import, export and interstate transport of as many as 45 species of Boas and Pythons.

The USGS report being used to justify these extreme measures has been called into question by a group of independent scientists in a letter to the EPW Committee on November 24, 2009. The letter characterized the USGS report as “not a bona-fide scientific paper”. The US Department of the Interior (DOI) and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) stand by the report and have recommended to the committee that all 9 snakes reviewed should be included by amendment to S. 373. The independent scientists, who include professors from University of Florida, Arizona State University, Texas A&M and The National Geographic Society, go further to state, “this document is not suitable as the basis for legislative or regulatory policies, as its content is not based on best science practices”

The United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) made an agreement in principle with Senator Bill Nelson’s office to limit the damage to a 3 billion dollar a year trade in these reptiles, but was informed yesterday that the agreement would not be honored. Senator Nelson has justified his position based on the recommendations made in regards to the USGS report by USFWS and DOI. Andrew Wyatt, president of USARK, commented that “it is a real shame that Senator Nelson has changed his position on this issue”. If the bill passes approximately 4 million boas and pythons already in captivity would be rendered valueless overnight with no provisions for disposition or compensation. Wyatt added, “it could create a situation where millions of people will be in possession of injurious wildlife. It is ludicrous to put so many law abiding citizens in that position and diminish the Lacey Act for the sake of political expediency.”

Passage of S. 373 would result in the loss of thousands of American jobs bankrupting an entire industry. Without strong evidence to support the injurious wildlife listing, USARK calls on the Senate EPW Committee to give an unfavorable rating to S. 373.

Contact:

Andrew Wyatt
president@usark.org"


I am very saddened by this, and I hope that this doesn't go thru. We need to fight this with all our beings!

I love my snakes. I want to be able to keep them, and share them with others...

Fight for your rights, people.

This may be your last chance.

7 comments:

Royal Morphz said...

So sad and I can't believe this is gonna happen to us.

TJ

Krystal said...

When I saw that news this morning, my heart sank. It means that people prefer common myths over science, and fear tactics over rational thinking. It takes only a teeny bit of basic logic to see how terrible the USGS paper is and how this bill will do absolutely nothing to help the Burm problem in Florida.

I mean, boa constrictors?! There is one species native to the U.S.; the rest of the North American boa constrictors live just across the border to Mexico. If they could live in the Southern U.S. THEY WOULD BE HERE ALREADY! But their range doesn't come up this far!

ARGH. Just when I think the stupidity of the human race can't get any worse....

Krystal said...

EDIT: Rosy boas aren't a subspecies of boa constrictor, my bad.

But still, the wording of the bill does not specify just the specie boa constrictor or anything called a boa.

Jackie M. said...

Including boas is just ridiculous. They're large, but they're not giants--people just hear "boa constrictor" and think of that Shel Silverstein poem.

And scary, because boas aren't really THAT much bigger than balls and bloods.

Jackie M. said...

The whole thing is so irresponsible, too. As a pet owner, you get told the animal is your responsibility FOR THE REST OF ITS LIFE... and now suddenly if you move out of state, you have to give it up? Quite possibly to have it put down? I predict this legislation will result in the wild release of MILLIONS of boas and giant pythons by guilt-stricken pet owners.

...which is just like HSUS's lobbying to stop the slaughter of horses in the US: it's easy to vote in favor of "saving Flicka", except that they didn't consider, or care, about actually investing in housing all those unwanted horses. So now they're all being sent to Mexico to be slaughtered.

The lack of regard for the actual fate of the animals is just nauseating.

Robert Franklin said...

C'mon people. It really shouldn't matter if the bill directly affects the species that you own or not. This is just another step in the "divide and conquer" tactic the bureaucrats have used for years. Think about it...if you don't step up and fight this for the ones this does affect, who will be around to fight any new bills that will impact you personally?

Jackie M. said...

Franklin, we're all ball python people; none of us actually owns boas. It just so happens that while the case for banning giant snakes is weak, banning boa constrictors is positively absurd.