Steps Taken To End Snake Trade

On December 11, 2009 the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved S. 373, a bill “to include constrictor snakes of the species Python genera as an injurious animal” under the Lacey Act, thus prohibiting them from being imported into the US or shipped in interstate commerce. These snakes pose a threat to public safety and can cause immense harm to US ecosystems. The House Judiciary Committee reported H.R. 2811 in July. The Senate bill is stronger because the committee amended it to cover more species. Additionally, in a surprise move on January 20, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will publish a proposal to list nine large constrictor snakes (the same ones covered under the Senate bill) as “injurious wildlife” under the Lacey Act. This administrative action will take a number of months to implement, so work on the bills before Congress should continue.

You Can Make a Difference
Letters from constituents are invaluable. Help support these humane bills by contacting your Representative.

  • H.R. 3907, Pet Safety and Protection Act
  • H.R. 503, Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act
  • H.R. 3623, Poison-Free Poultry Act

Letters to your Representative should be addressed to:

The Honorable (Full Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Ask your Senators to support these bills:

  • S. 373, Ban on python trade
  • S. 850, Shark Conservation Act of 2009
  • S. 727, Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act

Letters to Senators should be addressed to:

The Honorable (Full Name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

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