The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a regulation restricting importation and interstate transport of nine foreign snake species, including boa constrictor and variations of python and anaconda.
The recent events in Zanesville, Ohio, support the need to regulate the exotic pet trade. These animals remain wild despite living with people and need the type of environment and care that can rarely be provided by individual hobbyists. These animals are also likely to pass zoonotic diseases when kept in close quarters with humans.
The proposed regulation is “necessary to protect the interests of humans, wildlife, and wildlife resources from the purposeful or accidental introduction and subsequent establishment of these large constrictor snake populations into ecosystems of the United States.”
We deserve to be protected from dangerous and unpredictable exotic animals; and these animals deserve to be protected from the inadequate conditions wild animals endure at the hands of individuals. Let the president know you support this regulation.
The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500