Preliminary Injunction Ruling!
Court Rules in Favor of the Reptile Nation!
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Reptile Nation, we have good news! USARK is pleased to announce the Court ruled in our favor, granting our motion for preliminary injunction. This injunction will suspend the ban on interstate transportation of reticulated pythons and green anacondas under the Lacey Act. Given the high bar that must be met for an injunction, this is indeed a tremendous milestone in USARK’s history.

USARK President Phil Goss knew immediately that USARK must fight for this preliminary injunction after hearing the
Fish and Wildlife Service announce additional snake species would be unjustly listed as injurious during their March 2015 press conference. It’s been tireless work by those involved, and Goss had this to say today, “Truth is a powerful weapon, but only if it’s heard. The Reptile Nation has been heard! This would not have happened without a united reptile community supporting this pivotal cause. Thank you, Reptile Nation!”

Our case involves much more than snakes, and the reptile community has made it glaringly evident to anti-pet groups that we can and will fight. We fight not only for ourselves, but for all responsible pet owners. We hold the truth and legitimate science. We will prevail over disgraceful sensationalism and nefarious propaganda.

The herp community is comprised of five million households in America. Community members care about their pet snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs and invertebrates just as other pet owners do their dogs, cats and horses. As the public becomes aware of the facts in our case, rather than reacting to an irrational fear of snakes and lies from anti-pet groups, support will grow from the tens of millions of American pet owners.

The Reptile Nation may be misunderstood, but we are responsible pet owners. We will not back down to animal rights groups seeking to remove our freedoms as Americans. We look forward to getting the facts out in public as this case proceeds.

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Preliminary Injunction: What you need to know now!

The Court has granted USARK’s motion for a preliminary injunction. This will eliminate enforcement of interstate commerce and transportation for reticulated pythons and green anacondas until the Court rules on USARK’s lawsuit. Judge Moss has requested USARK and FWS submit additional briefs by May 15, and has scheduled a hearing for May 18 to discuss this action.

The importation and interstate transportation/commerce bans are still in effect. Enforcement will likely be lifted shortly after the hearing on the 18th, once we have a ruling on the final scope of the injunction.

There are two main questions raised by the Court to be discussed in the briefs and hearing:
  1. Should the injunction be tailored to exclude shipment into Florida and Texas?
    1. This has not yet been decided, so shipping into Texas and Florida may or not continue to be banned. Shipping out of these states should not be an issue. Obviously, USARK will fight to allow shipment into these states as both states already have regulations regarding these species. (These are the only two continental states listed in the USGS model used as having potentially suitable habitat for these species.)
  2. Whether it is necessary or appropriate for FWS to seek interim relief from the Court of Appeals.
Also, USARK asks that the herp community present themselves in a civil and professional manner throughout the remainder of this lawsuit. USARK only represents responsible herp owners and businesses. Being irresponsible in any manner is not within USARK's mission statement. Thank you for maintaining your composure and representing us with dignity, Reptile Nation.

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USARK will provide additional information soon.
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Reptile Events

Cold Blooded Expo: May 17 in Overland Park, KS. Show details at

Lone Star Reptile Expo: May 16-17 in Arlington, TX. Show details at and

Cin City Reptile Show: May 17 in Fairfield, OH. More details at

International Herpetological Symposium: May 27-30 in San Antonio, TX. Details at

Washington D.C. Area Reptile Expo: May 30 in Leesburg, VA. Show details at

All Ohio Reptile Show: May 30 in Hilliard, OH. More details at

Las Vegas Reptile Expo: June 6-7 in Las Vegas, NV. Show details at

All Maryland Reptile Show: June 6 in Havre de Grace, MD. Show details at 

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: June 7 in Clarksville, IN. More details at

Snake Days: June 12-14 in Sanderson, TX. This is a lecture/field herping event. Details and more at
Northern Colorado Reptile Show: June 20 in Loveland, CO. details at

Cold Blooded Expo: June 21 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at

Repticon: June 27-28 in Raleigh, NC. Show details at

Midwest Reptile Show: June 28 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at

New York Metro Reptile Show: July 12 in White Plains, NY. Show details at

Armadillo Reptile Expo: July 11-12 in Austin, TX. Show details at

Reptile Super Show: July 18-19 in San Diego, CA. Show details at

SEWERFest Reptile Show: August 2 in Sturtevant, WI. Show details at 

Reptile Super Show: August 8-9 in Pomona, CA. Show details at

H.E.R.P.S. Austin: August 15-16 in Austin, TX. Show details at and

Western Maryland Reptile Show: August 15 in Frederick, MD. Show details at

National Reptile Breeders' Expo: August 21-23 in Daytona, FL. Details at

NARBC: August 29-30 in Arlington, TX. Show details at

Portland Metro Reptile Expo: August 29 in Portland, OR. Show details at

NARBC: September 12-13 in Anaheim, CA. Show details at

Kentucky Reptile Expo: September 19 in Bowling Green, KY. More details at

New England Reptile Expo: September 27 in Manchester, NH. Show details at

H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show: October 3-4 in Conroe, TX. Show details at and

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: October 4 in Omaha, NE. Show details at

NARBC: October 10-11 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at

Long Island Reptile Expo: October 25 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at

OKC Elite Reptile Show: November 7-8 in Oklahoma City, OK. Show details soon at

SEWERFest Reptile Show: November 8 in Sturtevant, WI. Show details at

Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) Conference: November 11-12 in Mesa, AZ. More details at

Phoenix Reptile Expo: November 14-15 in Mesa, AZ. Show details at and

Reptile Super Show: January 9-10, 2016 in Pomona, CA. Show details at

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