PETITION: National Monstrous Snake Ban from pet trade essential for economy & public safety
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Monstrous sized snakes are still being sold on the Internet by breeders all over the Country, baby pythons, anacondas, etc., sent anywhere via overnight delivery.
"Free to good home" kittens and cats are often used as snake food - just rarely caught. Some of these reptile enthusiasts get sexually excited watching the "crush" show, and it's a free meal to their disgusting vile snakes.
This photo is a python dining on a cat. (http://evanmaclean.blogspot.com/2010/05/snake-pics-from-hippos-last-trip.html) There are millons of stray cats in every State which is why these pythons thrive. Many owners of these monstrous sized snakes will feed them stray cats and free to good home cats and dogs because it's a free meal and nobody checks up on strays. They "justify" it saying their snake needs to eat. The only reason WHY they have that snake is because people BREED and SELL them. These snakes belong in the wild and OUT of the pet trade across the nation and are harming indigenous species.
Snakes these huge sizes don't settle for mice and rats-they have to feed them full size rabbits, goats - so you KNOW they are throwing in free to good home cats and dogs! (If breeders can feed these snakes rabbits and goats, what is to stop them from feeding them Craigslist free to good home pets? Nothing.)
Monstrous sized snake breeders all over the United States are infecting Southern States with this vermin. They sell baby pythons and anacondas which eventually grow to sizes 250 + pounds via UPS, and other overnight delivery means, Craigslist, other INTERNET sources, and ship them all over this nation. That is why we need a NATION WIDE ban on monstrous sized and dangerous reptiles costing states-us tax payers-billions of dollars to eradicate!
QUOTE: "In the news release, Robert Reed, a survey herpetologist and author of the report, said: “These giant snakes threaten to destabilize some of our most precious ecosystems and parks, primarily through predation on vulnerable native species.”...Mr. Snow opened the lid to a freezer in his laboratory that contained plastic bags full of the stomach contents from the small fraction of pythons they had been able to catch. Here’s how he described what they had collected:
We’ve found everything, from very small mammals — native cotton mice, native cotton rats, rabbits, squirrels, possums, raccoons, even a bobcat, most recently the hooves of a deer,” Mr. Snow said. “Wading birds and water birds, pied-billed grebes, coots, egrets, limpkins and at least one big alligator."
MONSTROUS SNAKES DESTROY OUR ENVIRONMENT AND COSTS BILLIONS TO CONTROL:
"In 2009, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Inspectors at Kennedy handled more than 27,000 wildlife shipments valued at more than $1 billion, or 16% of all U.S. wildlife imports. Last year, 54,000 live reptiles entered through the New York airport. The proposed ban covers nine species of giant constrictor snakes including the Burmese, North African and South African pythons, the boa constrictor, and the anaconda - green, yellow and Bolivian, as listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. About 1 million such snakes have been imported in the last 30 years and more have been bred domestically."
An example of what monstrous sized snakes do: A pet Burmese python broke out of a glass cage late 2009 and killed a 2-year-old girl in her Florida bedroom. The girl's skull was CRUSHED so the snake could swallow her. The tragedy became the latest and most graphic example of a problem that has plagued the state for more than a decade: a nonnative species that is wreaking havoc in the Everglades, threatening people, the environment and native wildlife.
"It's just a matter of time before one of these snakes gets to a visitor in the Florida Everglades," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
These snakes often reach weights over 200 - 300 pounds, and capable of eating cats, dogs, even goats. CRAIGSLIST provides unlimited supplies of snake food via "free to good home" cats and dogs, which some snake handlers will adopt to feed to their snake as the cost of goats and pigs are quite expensive (if they are capable of feeding a cold blooded reptile a goat or pig, they can easily feed their snake free to good home cats and dogs). Since dogs and cats cannot talk, this is rarely if ever reported as most "free to good home" cats and dogs are not checked on once "adopted". They simply become SNAKE FOOD.
Banning all monstrous sized snakes is the only solution to this terrible problem.
Police seize 70+ snakes and cash from home
Quitman, TX (US)
Incident Date: Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011
"The Wood County Sheriff's Office along with the Game Warden, and members of the Caldwell Zoo reptile department are working to safely seize 75-100 large snakes from a property outside of Quitman. There are reports out of Louisiana that Beauchemin advertised as a pet adopter on CraigsList and would then feed those pets to his snakes. As of now, those reports are limited to just Louisiana."
Read more: Pet-Abuse.Com - Animal Abuse Case Details: Police seize 70+ snakes and cash from home - Quitman, TX (US)
Many People breed these snake UNDER THE TABLE to avoid cost of license, and sell them on Craigslist or simply ON THE INTERNET and blogs; when they reach huge sizes people can't cope with them and many are simply released into the wild where they make meals out of dogs, cats, endangered wildlife, and children.
They are excellent salt water swimmers and invading the Carribeans from the Keys.
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