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Countless snakes suffer at the hands of greedy exotic-animal dealers who view them as nothing more than merchandise. Every day, these animals, who are mostly wild-caught, die by the hundreds while being transported or are neglected or turned loose by

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Cher C (1429)
Monday July 26, 2010, 2:33 pm
Countless snakes suffer at the hands of greedy exotic-animal dealers who view them as nothing more than merchandise. Every day, these animals, who are mostly wild-caught, die by the hundreds while being transported or are neglected or turned loose by buyers who grow tired of the responsibility and expense of caring for these complex creatures. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed listing nine snakes—including the Burmese python, the reticulated python, and the boa constrictor—as "injurious wildlife" under the Lacey Act. If adopted, the proposed rule would prohibit the importation and interstate transportation of these species. The FWS closed its initial public comment period on May 11 of this year, but the agency recently reopened it because of pressure from animal dealers. The new comment period closes on August 2, 2010, and the FWS needs to hear from you!

According to the FWS, "Many of these large snakes are popular as pets, and are associated with a large domestic and international trade." U.S. Global Exotics, which was the subject of a seven-month PETA undercover investigation, cruelly imported, warehoused, and sold hundreds of thousands of these snakes! The FWS also reports that "Burmese pythons and other large constrictor snakes are highly adaptable to new environments and prey on a wide variety and size of animals. Burmese pythons threaten many imperiled species and other wildlife."

Not surprisingly, those who profit from the sale and collection of these snakes are vehemently opposed to any rules or regulations that would even remotely restrict their cruel enterprise; they have submitted an untold number of comments in opposition to this humane, sensible, and progressive rule.

Please click here to submit polite, helpful comments in support of this rule............

Points to make include the following:

• The snake trade is dangerous to people. For instance, on June 9, 2010 (just after the first comment period ended), a man was strangled by his "pet" boa constrictor. And in 2009, a 2-year-old girl was strangled after a Burmese python, who had been kept as a "pet," escaped his enclosure.
• These snakes also pose a danger to native wildlife, animal companions, and threatened and endangered species. Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons have colonized South Florida. As a result, they are the dominant predator in the Everglades and surrounding areas and are now being cruelly hunted.
• Countless snakes suffer terribly and die during the capture and transport process. In addition, they are often mistreated and cruelly housed by those who are unable and/or unwilling to properly care for them.
• Wild snakes belong in the wild and in their native habitats.

Comments received on or before August 2, 2010, will be considered. Please leave your comments today!


Past Member (0)
Monday July 26, 2010, 2:52 pm
I have seen this problem, it is out of control in Florida and Hawaii.

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Monday July 26, 2010, 4:15 pm

Jean Lord (46)
Monday July 26, 2010, 4:25 pm

MmAway M (506)
Monday July 26, 2010, 6:07 pm
Thank you Cher!!

This needs to END NOW!!

Luisa Fox (144)
Monday July 26, 2010, 7:11 pm
Thank you Cher. Done.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Monday July 26, 2010, 7:31 pm
Thanks Cher

Peggy A (109)
Monday July 26, 2010, 7:34 pm
These reptiles belong in their natural habitats

Past Member (0)
Monday July 26, 2010, 8:07 pm
Emailed and noted, thanks

Patricia S (79)
Monday July 26, 2010, 10:09 pm
noted and signed. I have had snakes as pets. They require special handling and living conditions. They are better off in their own habitats.

Thomas C (116)
Monday July 26, 2010, 11:03 pm

Monica D (580)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 12:14 am
Invasive species are a real problen.

MeowFoul B (191)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 1:14 am
I don;t agree with any exotic pets and any others, animals aren;t here for us to use abuse or for our "entertainment" and so called "enjoyment", cats and dogs are now domesticated but we can still improve out respnsiblity and oet owners and pet owners to be by spaying and nuertering, not forgetting only adopting.

gail dair (0)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 1:34 am
Thanks Cher

Tamara WILLIAMS (176)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 1:52 am
signed and thanks for this post

lori c (29)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 3:22 am
noted and submitted comment - our southern state wildlife already is struggling enough to survive without invasive species that are turned loose in the wild preying on them or competing for food......

Margaret S (53)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 3:34 am

Patrizia S (315)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 4:47 am
Noted, signed and thank you

Claudia Elliott (40)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 10:09 am
Thanks for sharing.

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 1:23 pm

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 2:19 pm
SWEETIE, Thank you. I cannot figure out how to sign this paticular petition. I'll come back.

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 2:23 pm
Honey, I am so tired! I cannot figure it out. Let me quickly read your latest news. If I fumble the ball, I'll take a time out!

Richelle R (62)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 3:35 pm
Our humane society gets snakes frequently. Usually found outside becuase the "owners" didn't want them anymore and let them loose. They are usually given to the reptile museum in Monroe.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 1:52 am
TY Cher.

SANDRA R (144)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 2:27 am
Thank you Cher!!!

Patricia C (96)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 11:28 am
Done, thanks Cher.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 1:20 pm
These creatures belong in their natural habitat. People are so thoughtless, they aquire snakes then turn them lloose. Florida is having a massive problem in the everglades. They are killing the native animals and disrupting the whole ecosystem. Always people are at the heart of the problem. Are we just getting dumber....

Laurie IS AWAY S (128)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 1:38 pm
Thanks Cher :)
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