Florida Python Ban Defended by U.S. Government in Federal Court Motion

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The United States Association of Reptile Keepers wants the government to lift the ban on bringing invasive snakes and reptiles into places like the Everglades.

According to a lawsuit filed by the Keepers, the science behind banning people from introducing snakes into an ecosystem they absolutely do not belong in and would totally ravage and wreck is kind of bogus, even though the tons of scientific evidence proves that doing that is a really bad idea.

Attorneys for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the lawsuit is based on the Association of Reptile Keepers' being bummed about all the money they're losing in pet sales.

They've asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

See also: Hungry, Hungry Pythons Decimate Mammal Populations in Everglades

Back in December, the U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers challenged the science on banning snakes. And on Tuesday, an attorney representing the North Carolina-based group reiterated its stance.

"We still feel very confident about our position," attorney Joan Galvin said.

The Keepers claim that sales of snakes actually help fund research and conservation.

But in a motion filed Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C., the U.S. government claimed the group has presented no evidence of this.

The motion goes on to say that the Association of Reptile Keepers' sole motivation is making money and that their priorities don't necessarily involve conservation.

"Not only are these interests entirely economic, they are also totally unrelated to the environment," the motion reads. "They involve the breeding and selling of captive snakes as part of the pet industry."

The group has admitted that the ban is shrinking the market because potential customers are not allowed to take snakes across state lines. Moreover, some sellers are forced to euthanize snakes they can't sell, the group says.

In all, the United States Association of Reptile Keepers say they stand to lose up to $1.2 billion over the next ten years, all because the government won't allow Burmese pythons to roam the Everglades and literally eat all the things.

See also:
-Rock Python Kills Husky in Miami-Dade: Officials Fear New Breed of "Super Snake"

-Albino Burmese Python Eats Two Cats in Martin County
-18-Foot Burmese Python Caught in Florida Everglades


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3 comments
the_nightshift05
the_nightshift05

This is journalism at its worst. I hope that the BLATANT, BIGOTED and IDIOTIC **LIAR** and author of this article aka Mr. Chris Joseph  was, or is eventually hit by a bus and has their intestines splattered all over the pavement for being a lying #sshole.

ryanlovespythons
ryanlovespythons

"The United States Association of Reptile Keepers wants the government to lift the ban on bringing invasive snakes and reptiles into places like the Everglades"

-That is ENTIRELY INACCURATE AND INCORRECT! The state of Florida already is addressing the issue and USARK has made it CLEAR that they SUPPORT their notion. However, they are fighting against the federal ban that makes it illegal to transport these tropical snakes through areas where they would not survive, like from Kansas to Nebraska. If this a local, non-nationwide issue that is already being dealt with by the state government in which the issue occurs in, then why in hell do the feds need to step in?

ryanlovespythons
ryanlovespythons

"The United States Association of Reptile Keepers wants the government to lift the ban on bringing invasive snakes and reptiles into places like the Everglades."

That is ABSOLUTELY AND ENTIRELY INCORRECT. Florida already bans these animals and USARK has made it clear they support the notion. However, USARK is fighting the ban on taking these snakes into areas they would not survive in anyway, like from Kansas into Nebraska. They're arguing against an irrational national ban. The government of the State of Florida is already addressing the issue, in what way do the fed really need to be involved, especially in a local, non-nationwide issue?

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