USARK Lawsuit Update: Responsible Herpetoculture, Shipping and More

May 29, 2017
USARK
by Editor in Chief

USARK - USARK was successful in quashing the overreach demonstrated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) when taking federal action to unjustly ban the interstate transportation of snake species commonly kept by reptile aficionados. The Court ruled in contradiction to the FWS interpretation of the Lacey Act. While FWS claimed that listing species as injurious banned not only the importation into the U.S., but also the interstate transportation of those species, the Court disagreed and plainly stated, “We agree with ARK.”

Shipping of species listed as injurious between the continental states, including species of constrictor snakes and salamanders, can lawfully begin again this week (May 30th, 2017). Note that any shipments must still abide by current state and local laws. Before selling and shipping these species, especially the constrictor snakes, USARK asks that you review all the information supplied in their update newsletter, which can be found by clicking the big green arrow below.

USARK has prevailed and they did it for all the responsible keepers who unjustly lost their freedom to continue appreciating these animals. Despite the naysayers, detractors, and even grossly over-funded and fraudulent animal rights groups all fighting against us, USARK got it done and earned the principled ruling from the Court. Now it is up to the herpetocultural community to behave admirably and responsibly.

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