Earlier today, Herp Alliance announced the introduction of Louisiana Senate Bill 357. SB 357 seeks to change existing Louisiana law. Currently, to own one of the listed constrictors that is over 8′ in length, or to own a restricted venomous snake, a keeper must fall into one of the organizational exemptions (animal sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife research centers, scientific organizations, and medical research facilities as defined in the Animal Welfare Act) or have a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
SB 357 will change all of that so that all of the listed constrictors will be prohibited as well as all of the listed venomous snakes. Private ownership will be banned and only the exempted organizations will be permitted to keep these animals. The bill is slated to go into effect August 1, 2014, and there is no grandfathering for existing animals.
The Herp Alliance talking points against this bill can be found in the link below. In addition, full contact information for every member of the Natural Resources Committee can be found below as well. If you live in Louisiana or do business in Louisiana, please contact these committee members. Keep your comments, brief, polite and professional.