Born Free USA Position: Support
Update: This bill failed to pass before the session ended, so it is now dead.
This bill bans the importation or private possession of certain constrictor and venomous snakes.
Animal sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife research centers, scientific organizations, and medical research facilities as defined in the Animal Welfare Act are exempt from this prohibition, because they do not qualify as “private” owners.
Currently, importation or private possession of constrictor snakes under 8 feet long is not regulated, and importation or private possession of constrictor snakes over 8 feet long is allowed with a permit from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF). Importation or private possession of venomous snakes is currently allowed with a permit from the DWF.
Read our press release on snake incidents for more info on the threats that dangerous “pet” snakes pose to animal welfare and public safety.
Read the full text here.