File this in the “Elections have consequences” folder. R.S. McCain:
Democrats in Congress are pushing legislation that would devastate the hobby — and damage the small businesses — of a group of American hobbyists: Snake collectors.
The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (HR669), sponsored by Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam.) and co-sponsored by several House Democrats including Alcee Hastings and Ron Klein of Florida, has got the “reptile geeks” up in arms…
Essentially, somebody apparently watched some deep ecologist agitprop, got into freakout mode, and now wants to pretty much ban the import of animals into the USA. At least, that’s how the U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers is framing this, and when you’ve got Alcee Hastings and Neil Abercrombie on one side of a debate and a bunch of sixteen year old kids who like boa constrictors on the other I know who I instinctively trust to have a better grasp of reality. Hint: it ain’t a bunch of Democrats.
The good news is that this only has nine co-sponsors, so it’s not too high-profile (they must not have been able to figure out a way to sneak it into the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Debt Bill). The bad news is that it’s not too high-profile, and the Democrats have sufficient numbers on hand to pass whatever damfool legislation they choose. Including bans on snake importations.
As I said: elections have consequences.
Crossposted at Moe Lane.