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This is insanity!

Posted by Smart Snakes Chad at 2/3/2013 4:16:21 PM



http://herpalliance.com/2013/02/03/new-york-seeks-to-criminalize-wild-animal-and-reptile-ownership/





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Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 2/3/2013 5:55:27 PM  


Tasha Weel,
Posted At: 2/3/2013 5:55:59 PM  

A dog is capable of inflicting bodily harm upon a human. A hamster is capable of inflicting bodily harm upon a human. A baby is capable of inflicting bodily harm upon a human. I've had a bruised nose all week from an infants head. Having children should be criminalized, too.



Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 2/3/2013 7:13:03 PM  

Chad what did you end up doing before - did you end up moving or?


"This is insanity"... I totally agree!



Smart Snakes Chad,
Posted At: 2/3/2013 11:23:13 PM  

I had to move. The only requirement I had in that situation was to simply state that I had snakes over three feet and what they were, nothing more. The law clearly did not prohibit my keeping them in any way. On top of it, the completely unstable animal control officer went so far as to blatantly lie to the NY DEC that I had a venomous snake that could kill people. The DEC then confiscated it and fined me after lying to me about what grounds they had to do so. No warrant was issued, NY law did not even cover the species in question, and I had a Mangrove Snake at the time, which they confirmed was perfectly legal for me to keep. All I ever see is government abuse of power in these situations. Sometimes I find it hard to have faith that we can even fight of these constant sensationalist and ignorant attacks.



Emily Milton,
Posted At: 2/4/2013 10:10:37 AM  

"vicious propensities..."  Wow, that's harsh.


A cat bite sent me to the doctor's and gave me a weeks worth of antibiotics.  A Ripley bite made me go, "awwww, look at how cute you are."



Master Gator,
Posted At: 2/4/2013 10:14:36 AM  

I read about this last night, and somehow that MORE is being introduced into NY is beyond my comprehension.  NY had "stable" restrictions that, as far as I saw it,couldn't go any farther.  With licensing you can still own pretty much whatever reptile you want if you're willing to go through the steps.  


Guess my state wasn't safe, gonna have to get around to bash this thing into the ground.  



Smart Snakes Chad,
Posted At: 2/4/2013 5:42:06 PM  

An update on this is that it seems this will only apply to regulated species that are not kept with the appropriate paperwork. Apparently people will still be able to get licenses for what they want as long as they qualify, but anyone keeping illegally would be in serious trouble if this passes. Punishment that I believe is disproportionate to the percieved offense.


  
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