Last year may have been a year filled with great experiences and adventures, but something we are happy to leave behind in 2012 is HR 511! Thanks to the reptile community and animal lovers alike for banning together to protect your freedoms, legislation to ban interstate transport of the Indian & Reticulated Pythons, Green & Beni Anacondas and Boas has been defeated.
Unfortunately the same couldn't be said for Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) the northern (Python sebae) and southern African rock python, (Python natalensis) and the yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus) who as of March 23, 2012 are included in the Lacey Act. This addition does not federally ban ownership, but does place restrictions on interstate transport for any reason including pet owners moving from state to state.
For more information on the HR 511's time in Congress and Lacey Act requirements, check out our previous blog posts below.
RED ALERT: STOP HR511 Python BAN TODAY!
Python Ban: The Adaptability Argument
Python Ban: The Special Interest Argument
Python Ban: The Discussion
Python Ban: The Economic Argument
Python Ban: The "Good Science" Argument
Python Ban: The Precedent Argument
Python Ban: The Pet Argument
Python Ban: The Answers to Living Under the Lacey Act
HR511 Weekly Update December 3 : Representative John Fleming, M.D.
HR511 Weekly Update December 10 : Brady Barr Resident Herpetologist at National Geographic Society
HR511 Weekly Update December 18 : Colette Sutherland TSK, Inc.
Thank you to those who called their representatives to ensure the truth about HR511 was heard and thank you to those representatives for listening to the facts and ignoring the hype. Here at Prehistoric Pets we wish this unbased attack was never opened but we are SO EXCITED to be able to close the discussion and looming threats with be it not without losses, a victory for reptiles.