... "The private ownership of dangerous reptiles such as pythons obviously presents a real danger," Nicole Paquette, Born Free USA senior vice president and general counsel said last week. "We're hoping that this incident spurs the Legislature to hold an immediate public hearing to discuss the serious public safety concerns surrounding the keeping of dangerous reptiles in private hands. There is absolutely no reason for the general public to be keeping such animals as pets. In terms of public safety it's an accident waiting to happen." ... She added: "The question is, how many accidents have to happen before legislators act to protect the public rather than the interests of a small group of individuals?"
Editorial: Ban these lethal 'pets'
The Gainesville Sun (Gainesville, FL)
... In a joint statement, In Defense of Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Born Free USA also wrote that they were concerned Kallie and Bette might breed. Both elephants are nearly 30 years old, an age when the risks of breeding become high, Roy said. ...
Phila. says farewell to beloved elephant pair
The Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)
Now it’s heating up.
Yesterday I mentioned the illegal primate trade and the transit routes through Egypt to the Middle East. Since then, noted but controversial filmmaker and conservationist Karl Amman has been thrown out of the meeting while trying to interview the Chinese delegation and CITES Secretary-General on film.
... Zoo administrators have said for some time that they planned to move two female elephants, Kallie and Bette, from the Philadelphia Zoo to the Somerset County center. But that initiative now is attracting controversy. On Tuesday, three organizations — PETA, Born Free USA and In Defense of Animals — said they are “joining forces to oppose the pending move.” ...
Pachyderm protest: Groups oppose breeding plan at Fairhope-area facility
The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA)
We’ve spent a long day wading through technical administrative matters, but I think we have been winning more than we are losing so far. Every bit of forward progress helps.
Well, the first day of Standing Committee to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has come to an end in Geneva, Switzerland ... imagine a huge room with rows of tables, hundreds of delegates (some would say “government bureaucrats”), headphones, microphones, papers, computers, and the slightly muted buzzing of simultaneous translation into the three working languages of the Convention: English, French, and Spanish.
Investigators continued looking for answers the day after a Sumter County toddler was strangled to death by a python. ... The tragic case has sparked outrage from residents in the community as well as animal protection organizations. National wildlife advocacy group, Born Free USA, has called on Florida legislators to immediately ban the ownership of dangerous reptiles.
Investigation continues after snake strangles child
The Daily Commercial (Leesburg, FL)
It is the sort of headline that grabs your attention: "Toddler Dies, Python Found Coiled Around Her." Wednesday, a 12-foot-long Burmese python appears to have killed a 2-year-old Florida girl. The girl's family owned the python, as well as a 6-foot-long boa constrictor. No doubt, this incident will start a conversation about whether it's a good idea to house exotic pets, especially when there are children involved.
Born Free USA knows it's never a good idea. See our list of incidents involving children and adults who have come into contact with reptiles, often with deadly results.
Python Attack Raises Safety Concerns about Housing Exotic Pets
The Poynter Institute
St. Petersburg, FL