The The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is supporting the House Judiciary Committee for passing H.R. 511, a ban that stops the importation and trade of nine nonnative species of large, exotic constrictor snakes.
The snakes on the list are the Indian python, reticulated python, Northern African python, Southern African python, boa constrictor, green anaconda, yellow anaconda, DeSchauensee's anaconda, and Beni anaconda.
You may not have heard of many or any of those because they're EXOTIC!
The ASPCA said:
"The pet trade in these exotic reptiles poses serious threats to public safety, animal welfare, and the environment.
Passing H.R. 511 would mark a significant achievement for the welfare of these snakes, for the protection of our native species, and for the safety of our communities.
The ASPCA urges support for this important legislation on the House and Senate floors."
These breeds of snake pose a threat to the environment, and are dangerous, so it's good that this new ban is in effect.
The senator who put the bill through said:
"While the animals pay the ultimate price, local governments and taxpayers are left to bear the enormous fiscal burden when dangerous wild animals are set loose or escape, or when they are seized due to neglect."
We're so happy that this ban went though, it will save exotic pets from people who can't properly care for them and save other people from released exotic pets.
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