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Under the Lacey Act
 
Under the Lacey Act, it is unlawful to import, export, sell, acquire, or purchase fish, wildlife or plants that are taken, possessed, transported, or sold: 1) in violation of U.S. or Indian law, or 2) in interstate or foreign commerce involving any fish, wildlife, or plants taken possessed or sold in violation of State or foreign law. The law covers all fish and wildlife and their parts or products, plants protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and those protected by State law. Commercial guiding and outfitting are considered to be a sale under the provisions of the Act.

The full Lacey Act text is available here

The Lacey Act is overseen by the US Fish and Wildlife Service of FWS for short. The act was originally put in to place to help the illegal trade of endangered animals and plant life from being imported and exported. This was passed back in 1900 and animals and plants have been added to the act itself ever sense. As time went to the act was changed to also include "injurious species".
Contrary to popular belief "injurious species" are not species that was going to be injurious to humans. To be declared an injurious animal they must be a non domesticated (which rules out the feral cats which have caused more widespread ecosystem disturbance than any other species besides man) that by its release into the native environments can upset the natural ecosystem.
There is no denying that the burmese python population in the everglades in a problem for native wildlife. How much of a problem is widely debated and not scientifically proven enough for me to include it in this article. This particular species is able to reproduce and eat other species in an already fragile ecosystem. There does need to be some regulation and action taken to remedy this situation. The question that lies before us is, how much? What needs to be done in order to fix this problem. Models have been drawn using weather computer simulators and other questionable sources that state these species could inhabit the lower 1/3 of the country.

However, in the years they have been in the everglades, they have never left. The burmese population is isolated to one small area of the country. Reptiles as a whole are a 'fragile' animal. With pythons in particular they incubate their eggs, when allowed to let nature take its course. This will leave mothers and offspring in danger should there be a sudden cold snap or other weather related issue. Heavy rains could spell disaster for the clutches. Other species which they have proposed to be added to the list are even less hardy than the burmese and have no current productive populations in the everglades. Further research from a non bias party would be the best. The chances of this are slim thanks to multibillion dollar anti pet lobbying groups who
have tons of donated charity money to throw at whoever they need to so they can achieve their agenda. If this were based solely on facts it would be easier to understand.
The original purpose of the Lacey Act was a very good a noble cause. We need to protect our native wildlife. This is their home first. Why punish all of people who love these animals and spend their lives trying to get people to see them in a better light by putting them on a 'no fly list' of sorts where they can not even cross state lines if they are in the military and getting stationed somewhere else, or if they need to take their animal to a skilled reptile specific vet that is just across a state line. Please take a moment to educate yourself. It doesn't matter if you are for or against large constrictors as pets or if you could even care less about reptiles. Long ago the government worked for her people. Now her people must spend their hard earned money to protect their rights from the government.



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