Dunedin, FL Action Alert #2


The Dunedin ordinance was tabled as the Commission needs to review all the information they received today. USARK made them aware of a major issue (see below). At the meeting, it was also noted that hundreds of emails were sent in opposition to this ordinance. That’s from you, Reptile Nation! Thanks to everyone who used our Action Alerts and shared them. We will keep you updated.

“In summary, Section 9, Article IV [of the Constitution of the State of Florida] bestows FWC with the exclusive authority to exercise all of the state's regulatory power over all wildlife, including captive native and non-native animals kept as pets. Hence, a municipality is precluded from regulating or prohibiting the possession of wildlife within its corporate limits.”

View additional information at www.usark.org/campaign/action-alert-dunedin-florida/.

1. Copy/paste these email addresses into your email or send individually:

Addresses will return if Alert is reactivated.

2. Copy/paste one of these subject lines (can be edited slightly);

  1. NO to Snake Ban
  2. Regarding a Proposed Snake Ban
  3. Snake Ban is Not the Answer
  4. Unconstitutional Snake Ban
  5. No to Bans
  6. Proposed Snake Ban
  7. NO to Constrictor Snake Ban

3. Copy/paste this message (it’s best to slightly edit/personalize) and include your full name;

Dear Dunedin City Officials,

I do not support a constrictor snake ban. As someone who will be affected by your proposed snake ban, I must provide some information regarding your irrational proposed snake ban. Your proposed ban on constrictor snakes over 4 feet in length has absolutely no scientific or rational support. Nearly all snakes are constrictors and snakes at 4 feet in length weigh only 2-3 pounds. This ban will end many educational opportunities involving these animals. Properly supervised educational outreach programs can have tremendously positive impacts upon students.

Bans simply are not the answer and bans often lead to more problems than they attempt to resolve. This includes the euthanization of animals that were perfectly healthy but must now be killed as new homes for them cannot be found. Rather than killing their pets, some owners may even release their pets as they feel that is what may be best for their beloved pets.

As mentioned, snakes of 4 feet are very slight and cannot seriously harm a human or anything larger than a small rat. A public safety risk is not a concern, especially since the public does not come into contact with animals kept by private owners.

Fortunately for Dunedin, the State has laws in place and no additional restriction is required. Florida already has strict regulations in place for large species of constrictor snakes and venomous snakes. The State has invested major resources into developing what they feel is best for Florida's environment and residents.

There is no valid reason to introduce this ban. Thank you for your time and have a good day.