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S.373 A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to include constrictor snakes of the species Python genera as an injurious animal., 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: May 05, 2010 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 365.

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  • Committee Assignment: Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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  • Committee Assignment: Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works - Water and Wildlife

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  • 4% of users support S.373

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    • the nature conservancy

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    • Animal Welfare Institute

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    • Born Free USA

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    • great lakes united

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    • natural areas association

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    • natural environmental coalition on invasive species

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    • Natural Resources Defense Council

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    • Defenders of Wildlife

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    • Sierra Club

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    • Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)

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    • California Reptile and Invertebrate Society

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    • Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership

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    • On December 04, 2009, by SMcKenzie - Just the fact that this bill is supported by a radical animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States, which seeks to end ALL animal use/ownership, should tell you something. This is just another part of their long-term agenda to do away with ALL pet ownership/breeding. It won't stop with snakes. Snakes are just easy targets because groups like the HSUS and PETA can take advantage of the public ignorance and fear of them to garner support. The issue of "invasive snake species" is a Florida one, limited to the extreme southern part of that state, and Florida has already put measures in place at the state level to address this. The USGS "report" is a fine example of false science at its worst, and is being widely attacked by the true scientific community for its bias and false logic and lack of scientific merit. It should hold no more credence with lawmakers than a Hollywood B movie as a source of factual information.

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      As noted by SMcKenzie, a user on OpenCongress.org, on December 04, 2009, "Just the fact that this bill is supported by a radical animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States, which seeks to end ALL animal use/ownership, should tell you something. This is just another part of their long-term agenda to do away with ALL pet ownership/breeding. It won't stop with snakes. Snakes are just easy targets because groups like the HSUS and PETA can take advantage of the public ignorance and fear of them to garner support. The issue of "invasive snake species" is a Florida one, limited to the extreme southern part of that state, and Florida has already put measures in place at the state level to address this. The USGS "report" is a fine example of false science at its worst, and is being widely attacked by the true scientific community for its bias and false logic and lack of scientific merit. It should hold no more credence with lawmakers than a Hollywood B movie as a source of factual information. "
    • On September 24, 2009, by chrisw - A pet is "An animal kept for amusement or companionship." So yes a burmese is a pet, just not as dangerous as a pet dog, but still a pet. Yes we are having a problem in the everglades due to irresponsible snake keepers. We are having a bigger problem with irresponsible dog breeders, with millions of dogs in shelters or dog pounds and thousands killed everyday. We do not need a total ban just strict punishment and fines to help pay for the irradiation of non-native species in the everglades.

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      As noted by chrisw, a user on OpenCongress.org, on September 24, 2009, "A pet is "An animal kept for amusement or companionship." So yes a burmese is a pet, just not as dangerous as a pet dog, but still a pet. Yes we are having a problem in the everglades due to irresponsible snake keepers. We are having a bigger problem with irresponsible dog breeders, with millions of dogs in shelters or dog pounds and thousands killed everyday. We do not need a total ban just strict punishment and fines to help pay for the irradiation of non-native species in the everglades. "
    • On December 06, 2009, by RCampos - This bill lacks any legitimate scientific data. The USGS report is more science fiction than any real science. Laws of this nature should consult herpetlogists, zooologists and other experts not the advice of HSUS which would gladly ban all pet ownership. Constrictors have had millions of years to migrate from Central America to the USA and obviously never have because the climate is intolerable for their existence. The Everglades and Hawaii are the only micro climates where they could possibly exists yet this law would ban them in the entire USA. Hawaii has already made adequate laws to protect themsleves and all we need is to control populations in Southern tip of Florida not destroy a billion dollar industry in the entire country. If this passes it will be a travesty of justice!

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      As noted by RCampos, a user on OpenCongress.org, on December 06, 2009, "This bill lacks any legitimate scientific data. The USGS report is more science fiction than any real science. Laws of this nature should consult herpetlogists, zooologists and other experts not the advice of HSUS which would gladly ban all pet ownership. Constrictors have had millions of years to migrate from Central America to the USA and obviously never have because the climate is intolerable for their existence. The Everglades and Hawaii are the only micro climates where they could possibly exists yet this law would ban them in the entire USA. Hawaii has already made adequate laws to protect themsleves and all we need is to control populations in Southern tip of Florida not destroy a billion dollar industry in the entire country. If this passes it will be a travesty of justice!"

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • S.373: Fair Prescription Drug Competition Act - U.S. Congress ... - February 14, 2011 by opencongress.org - S.373 - Fair Prescription Drug Competition Act. A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the marketing of authorized generic drugs. view all titles (2) ...

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      As noted by opencongress.org on February 14, 2011, "S.373 - Fair Prescription Drug Competition Act. A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the marketing of authorized generic drugs. view all titles (2) ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s373/show)
    • Board approves funding and legislative priorities | bites - December 29, 2010 by bites News - The board also approved a recommendation of no action on the amended version of S. 373, which specifically lists the following species of the Python and related genera as injurious animals: Python molurus, Broghammerus reticulatus, ...

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      As noted by bites News on December 29, 2010, "The board also approved a recommendation of no action on the amended version of S. 373, which specifically lists the following species of the Python and related genera as injurious animals: Python molurus, Broghammerus reticulatus, ..." (http://bites.ksu.edu/news/145922/10/12/30/board-approves-funding-and-legislative-priorities)
    • Der Asso-Blog: Dumoulin: Frühes chinesisches Zen (IV) - December 22, 2010 by Der Asso-Blog - Eine englische Übersetzung findet sich in Miura und Sasaki 1966, S. 373. Faure spricht von verschiedenen Strömungen in seiner Einleitung zur Bodhidharma-Abhandlung (1986, S. 48f.). David Chappell verweist auf „zwei Stränge von ...

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      As noted by Der Asso-Blog on December 22, 2010, "Eine englische Übersetzung findet sich in Miura und Sasaki 1966, S. 373. Faure spricht von verschiedenen Strömungen in seiner Einleitung zur Bodhidharma-Abhandlung (1986, S. 48f.). David Chappell verweist auf „zwei Stränge von ..." (http://der-asso-blog.blogspot.com/2010/12/dumoulin-fruhes-chinesisches-zen-iv.html)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Hoffer to Salmon: What's Up With the VT Yankee Decommissioning Fund? - August 10, 2010 by Seven Days - ...is in the fund to close the plant right away, rather than relying on the money to accrue over several years — or decades. S.373 was later vetoed by Gov. Jim Douglas. On Wednesday, Hoffer jumped on Salmon for his slow action on the senators' request. "

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      As noted by Seven Days on August 10, 2010, "...is in the fund to close the plant right away, rather than relying on the money to accrue over several years — or decades. S.373 was later vetoed by Gov. Jim Douglas. On Wednesday, Hoffer jumped on Salmon for his slow action on the senators' request. "" (http://7d.blogs.com/blurt/2010/08/hoffer-to-salmon-whats-the-deal-with-the-vt-yankee-decommissioning-fund.html)
    • Senate Bill 373 - December 09, 2009 by ReptileChannel.com (blog) - USARK has offered a number of amendments to mitigate the effects of S. 373 on the captive bred reptile industry, including a moratorium on import until more ...

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      As noted by ReptileChannel.com (blog) on December 09, 2009, " USARK has offered a number of amendments to mitigate the effects of S. 373 on the captive bred reptile industry, including a moratorium on import until more ... " (http://www.reptilechannel.com/reptile-blog/reptile-nation/s373-python-ban-update.aspx)
    • Pythons in danger of becoming illegal in the US - December 08, 2009 by Examiner.com - Introduced by US Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida), Senate Bill S. 373 would add all pythons to the Lacey Act, which prohibits the importation and interstate ...

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      As noted by Examiner.com on December 08, 2009, " Introduced by US Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida), Senate Bill S. 373 would add all pythons to the Lacey Act, which prohibits the importation and interstate ... " (http://www.examiner.com/x-21834-Colorado-Springs-Exotic-Pets-Examiner~y2009m12d9-Pythons-in-danger-of-becoming-illegal-in-the-US)
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