Lacey Act - Snake Ban

What is the Lacey Act?  Lacey Act

The Lacey Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 3371-3378, protects both plants and wildlife by creating civil and criminal penalties for a wide array of violations. Most notably, the Act prohibits trade in wildlife, fish, and plants that have been illegally taken, possessed, transported or sold. Thus, the Act underscores other federal, state, and foreign laws protecting wildlife by making it a separate offense to take, possess, transport, or sell wildlife that has been taken in violation of those laws. The Act prohibits the falsification of documents for most shipments of wildlife (a criminal penalty) and prohibits the failure to mark wildlife shipments (civil penalty). The Lacey Act is administered by the Departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture through their respective agencies. These include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

What was banned?

4 snakes were banned in the new Lacey Act:

  • - Burmese Pythons
  • - 2 species of African Rock Pythons
  • - Yellow Anacondas
How will this affect you?

Many reasons come to mind as to how this will affect each and every one of us in the hobby

  • - If you move for work or family
  • - If you do educational shows in other states (provisions will be hard to obtain)
  • - What if you are military? You put your life on the line for our country, but if you get can't take your pet!!!
  • - Lots of jobs will be lost: Breeders, cage and supply manufactures
Why did this ban happen?

Info here for why!

Why are we all being punished?

Info here!

How can our voice be heard?

Info here

What do we do next?

What's next?


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