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EXPIRED April 4, 2013: Connecticut House Bill 5832

THIS BILL IS DEAD! Thanks to everyone who used this alert and voiced their opinions.

WHERE: CONNECTICUT STATE

WHAT: House Bill 5832 was introduced on January 24, 2013. It seeks to completely ban boa contrictors and Burmese pythons. HB 5832 proposes to amend a general rule to include 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. . .” Complete text can be found here: http://usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CT_HB_5832.pdf

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Subject: NO on HB 5832

Connecticut Joint Committee on the Environment Member,

I write today to oppose HB 5832, as written, and request the removal of boa constrictors and Burmese pythons from the bill. I can appreciate your purpose to protect public safety, but these animals pose no threat to Connecticut or its citizens. Statistically, you are over 100 times more likely to be killed by home furniture than reptiles.

The reptile segment of the pet industry brings over $10 million in annual revenue to Connecticut’s small businesses. Reptiles purchased as pets require caging, food and other supplies. Many reptiles are individually valued well over $1,000. Assembly Bill 5832 does not protect the citizens of Connecticut but it does destroy the right of hardworking and taxpaying citizens to keep Burmese pythons and boa constrictors. There are tens of thousands of households in Connecticut with pet reptiles and thousands of households with constricting species of snakes.

Additionally, these species pose no threat as potential invasive species as the climate of Connecticut will not support these species of snakes. The temperature drops below freezing several weeks each year in Connecticut and just one night exposed to freezing temperatures will decimate these species. Exposure to temperatures less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit for just a few days will yield respiratory infections in these snakes and these infections are very difficult for them to recover from as they have extremely primitive and underdeveloped immune systems. They simply will not survive in Connecticut.

HB 5832 is bad for Connecticut. HB 5832 will further hinder a suffering economy and punish responsible reptile owners. I implore you to vote “No” on HB 5832.


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