October 6, 2015
The owner of a Newport reptile shop was attacked Monday by a 20-foot python leaving him hospitalized and in critical condition.
April 6, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States is backing a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule banning the trade in large constricting snakes and opposing a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the agency’s action.
February 9, 2015
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March 4, 2014
An appeals court has upheld Ohio's law restricting who can own exotic animals. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling upholding the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act.
August 7, 2013
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Must Ban All Large Constrictor Snakes after a Giant Python Killed Two Children in Canada
After a 14-foot, 100 pound African rock python killed two children in New Brunswick, Canada, The Humane Society of the United States again urged the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to immediately ban the import and interstate transport of five additional large constrictor snake species for the pet trade.
May 24, 2013
Large constrictor snakes like pythons, boa constrictors, and anacondas are powerful wild animals capable of killing an adult human—and they are commonly and legally kept as "pets" throughout the United States. Allowing private possession of these dangerous reptiles threatens public safety, environmental health, and the welfare of the animals themselves.
April 2, 2013
The HSUS commends the West Virginia Senate for passing Senate Bill 466, to prohibit the private possession of dangerous wild animals. SB 466 creates a Dangerous Wild Animal Board to determine which animals will be included under the law.
January 18, 2013
With President Obama’s inauguration and second term around the corner, I thought it would be a good opportunity to take a look back at his animal protection record over the last four years. How well has this administration responded to animal protection concerns?
October 19, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Long Island, N.Y., Boa Constrictor Abandonment Case
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and abandoning a 3-foot boa constrictor in Mastic, N.Y.
August 14, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Issues Statement in Wake of Loose Python in Albertville, Ala.
The HSUS’ Alabama State Director Mindy Gilbert is issuing the following statement in response to news reports that an 11-foot Burmese python is on the loose in Albertville, Ala.:
July 5, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Issues Statement on Need for Regulation of Exotic Pets After Snake is Discovered Roaming in a Malden, Mass., Neighborhood
The Humane Society of the United States is issuing a statement in response to news reports that a red-tailed boa constrictor--a type of deadly constrictor snake that can reach approximately 15 feet in length--was found loose in a Malden, Mass., residential area.
June 15, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States issued a statement in response to news reports that a loose, 10-foot python was spotted in the Navarino Nature Wildlife Area in Shiocton, Wisc.
May 30, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States and Animal Rescue League of Iowa Issue Statements in Wake of Loose Boa Constrictor in Bloomfield, Iowa
The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa issued statements in response to news reports that a loose red-tailed boa constrictor escaped from a pen in a high school science department in Bloomfield, Iowa.
May 17, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for releasing a python in Hyde Park, New York.
April 28, 2012
Statement from Nicole Paquette, Texas senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States, in response to news reports of a loose python in a Houston, Texas neighborhood.
April 6, 2012
The HSUS is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the mutilation, neglect, and abandonment of an emaciated 7-foot male Burmese python who was stabbed twice, shot, and released in York Haven, Pa.
February 28, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Applauds House Judiciary Committee Passage of Bill to Restrict Trade in Dangerous Constricting Snakes
The HSUS applauds the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s passage of H.R. 511, a bill that will add nine species of large constrictor snakes to the list of injurious species under the Lacey Act.
November 23, 2011
In light of recent news of a Hampton man who was hospitalized after being bitten by his pet cobra, The Humane Society of the United States is once again urging Gov. Bob McDonnell and Virginia legislators to act swiftly to prohibit future ownership of dangerous wild animals.
March 14, 2011
The documentary film "The Elephant in the Living Room" has wowed audiences and inspired change around the U.S.
April 28, 2010
The HSUS applauds the Florida legislature for unanimously approving a bill to address the trade in certain dangerous reptiles as pets.