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November 10, 2011 Snakes_111011.jpg

Tell the White House to Approve a Proposed Trade Ban

Dear Friend,

As awful as last month's tragedy near Zanesville, OH, was, in which scores of exotic animals were shot dead after being freed by their suicidal "owner," there is good news: The United States now can take a leadership role to finally end the destructive and tragic trade in exotic wildlife.

The Fish and Wildlife Service has crafted a regulatory proposal to restrict interstate transport of nine foreign snake species — the boa constrictor and variations of python and anaconda. The proposal would make it illegal to import or transport these species across state lines for any purpose other than research.

Take a moment to tell the White House to approve this common-sense regulation before any person is hurt.

We cannot wait another moment for this rule to pass. Something similar to Zanesville but potentially far worse is brewing in Florida. But instead of 50 carnivorous mammals, we're talking some 100,000 (or more!) pythons on the loose. They're in the Everglades because some had been released there by human "owners" who no longer could meet their needs, and they're very prolific breeders.

Last week, a 16-foot-long Burmese python was found in the Everglades with a 76-pound deer in its belly. Six years ago, a 13-foot-long python there burst while trying to digest a 6-foot-long alligator.

Every year since 1988, more than 800,000 people have visited the Everglades. It's inevitable that someday, unless something is done soon, we'll hear about a Burmese python swallowing a person — perhaps even a child.

Some politicians, sadly susceptible to whining by snake breeders about potential job losses, oppose the snake trade ban. That reflects a reckless disregard for public safety. They don't seem to care that these massive, mammal-eating reptiles — if left unregulated — could cost governments many millions of dollars to contain, capture or kill. Some biologists warn that these snakes, who are native to south and southeast Asia, could migrate as far as Oregon!

We need this ban approved by President Obama as soon as possible. Please make your voice heard today.

For the animals and for the safety of everyone,

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