Copied and pasted from vaherps.com I just wanted to let everyone on here know that right now there is bill the state is trying to pass to ban the ownership of certain "dangerous" exotic wildlife. This is NOT the same ban that was just passed for the pythons. The bill is attached at the end of this message. Everyone that owns a snake should write or call your senators and speak up. It starts with a few species and soon after snowballs into every species of snake, lizard, etc. PLEASE don't rely on others to speak up. This will affect all of us snake owners in one way or another. Senator emails/phone numbers are: Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R) - Senate District 24 firstname.lastname@example.org (804) 698-7524 Senator John C. Watkins (R) - Senate District 10 email@example.com (804) 698-7510 Phillip P. Puckett (D) - Senate District 38 (804) 698-7538 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr. (R) - Senate District 15 (804) 698-7515 email@example.com Senator Harry B. Blevins (R) - Senate District 14 (804) 698-7514 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Mark D. Obenshain (R) - Senate District 26 (804) 698-7526 email@example.com Senator A. Donald McEachin (D) - Senate District 9 (804) 698-7509 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator J. Chapman Petersen (D) - Senate District 34 (804) 698-7534 email@example.com Senator Ralph S. Northam (D) - Senate District 6 (804) 698-7506 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Richard H. Stuart (R) - Senate District 28 (804) 698-7528 email@example.com Senator David W. Marsden (D) - Senate District 37 (804) 698-7537 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator William M. Stanley, Jr. (R) - Senate District 20 (804) 698-7520 email@example.com Senator Richard H. Black (R) - Senate District 13 (804) 698-7513 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator John C. Miller (D) - Senate District 1 (804) 698-7501 email@example.com Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D) - Senate District 30 (804) 698-7530 firstname.lastname@example.org If you call, say, "I want to register an opinion on SB 477." The intern or whomever is answering (it won't be the senator) will respond, and you simply say, "Please tell the senator to vote no. This bill will negatively affect my family (or your job if that applies to you!)" SENATE BILL NO. 477 Offered January 11, 2012 Prefiled January 11, 2012 A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Chapter 5 of Title 29.1 an article numbered 8, consisting of sections numbered 29.1-578 through 29.1-586, relating to possession of dangerous wild animals. ---------- Patron-- Lucas ---------- Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources ---------- Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia: 1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Chapter 5 of Title 29.1 an article numbered 8, consisting of sections numbered 29.1-578 through 29.1-586, as follows: Article. 8. Dangerous Wild Animals. § 29.1-578. Definitions. As used in this article, unless the context requires a different meaning: "Dangerous wild animal" means any individual animal of the following scientific classifications: 1. Class Mammalia. a. Order Carnivora. (1) Family Canidae: red wolves (Canis rufus) and gray wolves (Canis lupus), including wolf-dog hybrids. (2) Family Felidae: lions (Panthera leo), tigers (Panthera tigris), leopards (Panthera pardus), clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa), snow leopards (Panthera uncia), jaguars (Panthera onca), cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), cougars/pumas/mountain lions (Puma concolor), including hybrids thereof. (3) Family Ursidae: all species of bears. (4) Family Hyaenidae: all species of hyena and aardwolf. b. Order Primates: all species excluding humans. c.Order Proboscidea: all species of elephants. 2. Class Reptilia. a. Order Crocodylia: all species of alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gharials. b. Order Squamata. (1) Family Atractaspididae: all species, such as mole vipers. (2) Family Boidae: anacondas (Genus Eunectes), boa constrictors (Boa constrictor), Burmese pythons (Python molurus), reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus), amethystine pythons (Morelia amethistina), scrub pythons (Morelia kinghorni), Northern African pythons (Python sebae), Southern African pythons (Python natalensis). (3) Family Colubridae: boomslangs (Dispholidus typus), twig snakes (genus Thelotornis). (4) Family Elapidae: all species, such as cobras, mambas, and coral snakes. (5) Family Hydrophiidae: all species, such as sea snakes. (6) Family Viperidae: all species, such as rattlesnakes, pit vipers, and puff adders. "Law-enforcement officer" means State Police officers, conservation police officers, Virginia Marine Police, local law-enforcement officers , animal control officers, as defined in § 3.2-6555, and humane investigators, as defined in § 3.2-6558. "Wildlife sanctuary" means a nonprofit organization that: 1. Operates a place of refuge where abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned, orphaned, or displaced animals are provided care for the lifetime of the animal; 2. Does not conduct any commercial activity with respect to dangerous wild animals, including but not limited to (i) sale, trade, auction, lease, or loan of dangerous wild animals or parts of such animals or (ii) use of dangerous wild animals in any manner in a for-profit business or operation; 3. Does not use dangerous wild animals for entertainment purposes or in a traveling exhibit; 4. Does not breed any dangerous wild animals; and 5. Does not allow members of the public the opportunity to come into contact with dangerous wild animals. § 29.1-579. Possession, sale, transfer, and breeding of dangerous wild animals unlawful. It is unlawful for any person to possess, sell, transfer, or breed a dangerous wild animal. § 29.1-580. Exemptions. The provisions of § 29.1-579 shall not apply to: 1. Institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and facilities that have an active contractual relationship with an Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan for breeding of species listed as threatened or endangered pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 1533. 2. Research facilities, as defined in the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. § 2132(e)). 3. Wildlife sanctuaries. 4. Duly incorporated nonprofit animal protection organizations, including humane societies and shelters, temporarily housing a dangerous wild animal at the written request of law-enforcement officers acting under the authority of this article.