HR 2158 Injurious Snake Export Bill (5/2013)

Document Type: Federal.

Legislation has been introduced to solve an interstate transport issue for exporting certain snake species. Under current ruling, if a shipment must stop anywhere in the U.S. after departure, it is considered interstate commerce even though the plane is merely stopping to refuel or add freight before leaving the country.
The proposed legislation will allow for export even when the shipment must pass through intermediate airports that are not designated ports. The ruling that listed several snake species as injurious under the Lacey Act has resulted in many headaches for anyone exporting these large constrictor snake species.
Snakes included in this bill: Burmese python, Indian python, Northern and Southern African pythons and Yellow anaconda. View the bill at the PDF icon above.