This morning the US Herpetoculture Alliance contacted the Joint Committee on the Environment and has learned that HB 5832 will NOT move forward in the 2013 Legislative Session.
HB 5832 proposed that section 26-40a of the general statutes be amended to provide that “the sale, transfer or breeding of certain exotic animals is also prohibited and to add tigers, mole vipers, boa constrictors, Burmese pythons and sea snakes to the list of prohibited animals. . .”
HB 5832 was referred to the Connecticut Joint Committee on the Environment on January 24, 2013 where it received strong grass roots opposition spearheaded by the Herp Alliance facilitation of more than 350 letters in opposition. In order to move forward HB 5832 would have needed to receive a Favorable Report prior to today’s deadline of April 3, 2013 at 5PM EST. After speaking with the Joint Committee on the Environment this morning Herp Alliance has learned that there will be no further action on HB 5832. Boa constrictors, Burmese pythons and other reptiles will not be banned in Connecticut!
The Herp Alliance engaged in the process with the Connecticut Joint Committee on the Environment early in the game. Our efforts were supported by strong grass roots opposition, and we successfully stalled HB 5832 in committee. The Herp Alliance fielded yet another well formulated state level strategy to protect the future of herpetoculture, and it worked!
Thank you to all of those who participated in the Herp Alliance email campaign that generated 360 emails to Environment Committee members OPPOSING HB 5832!