Move Forward With Ban on Importing Five Invasive Snakes
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Center for Biological Diversity
March 2014

ACTION

Tell Fish and Wildlife Service to ban the import and trade of the reticulated python, DeSchauensee's anaconda, green anaconda, Beni anaconda and boa constrictor. Unless these five exotic serpents are added to the Lacey Act's list of "injurious" species, their trade will continue to threaten the environment. In Puerto Rico and Florida, these invasive snakes are displacing native wildlife -- and in a few cases even causing people harm.

Sign an online petition.

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Secretary Sally Jewell
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
feedback@ios.doi.gov
Online fedback form  

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Large, exotic snakes including anacondas and boa constrictors, imported for the pet trade, are threatening treasured natural habitats when they are released or escape. Please -- help us keep them out of the country.

In 2009 scientists identified nine snake species that pose an unacceptable risk as invaders. And yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service only banned four species, refusing to take action on the other five, which account for 70 percent of the trade.

Unless these five exotic serpents are added to the Lacey Act's list of "injurious" species, their trade will continue to threaten the environment. In Puerto Rico and Florida, these invasive snakes are displacing native wildlife -- and in a few cases even causing people harm.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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