Press Releases

CITES Secretariat welcomes President Obama’s Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, 2 July 2013 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) welcomes the Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking issued by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, on 1 July 2013. The Executive Order addresses both its domestic and international response to […]

West Fargo Herpers Fight Legislation

West Fargo Herpers Fight Legislation

Herpers work with city officials to lift overreaching restrictions on snakes in West Fargo, North Dakota. Below is an update from the Fargo Herpetological Society. Nicely done FHS!: “Summer of 2012 a citizen had a Burmese python in a public park in West Fargo, ND. At this time, the fact that all constrictor snakes are banned […]

Thomas Cobb: Utah City Ordinance

Thomas Cobb: Utah City Ordinance

Thomas Cobb found that a city ordinance may limit him to only one pet boa constrictor, though he has 29 that receive the highest standard of care. This was unacceptable to Thomas and he was able to obtain permits for all 29 boas. Thomas has done a remarkable job representing the herp community while protecting […]

Endangered Species Act Hearing: June 4, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: All Witnesses in Agreement that ESA Needs Improvement Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing entitled “Defining Species Conservation Success: Tribal, State, and Local Stewardship Vs. Federal Courtroom Battles and Sue-and-Settle Practices.” At the hearing, Members and witnesses compared the effective conservation efforts happening on state, local, and […]

UPDATE: Montana City Ordinance

UPDATE: Montana City Ordinance

6/4/13: Scott Snowden faced new legislation that would have made his pets illegal. A city ordinance was proposed concerning dogs and had language attached that would have banned all constricting snakes. Scott stepped up, addressed the issue and was successful by educating the city officials. His professionalism and dedication were rewarded. Thanks to everyone who supported […]