Resolution to Change Shipping Policies on Live Harmless Snakes

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We the undersigned propose a change of policy in regards to the shipping of Live Harmless Snakes.

Be it known that it is common knowledge that such companies as Federal Express, United Parcel Service, The United States Postal Service, and Airborne Express will not knowingly accept Live Harmless Snakes as cargo for door-to-door delivery service. Be it also known that these same companies have provisions for other Live Reptiles and Amphibians. We contend that this constitutes blatant discrimination against individuals and companies involved in the legal business of breeding and selling Live Harmless Snakes, while allowing those who deal in other live reptiles and amphibians an unfair advantage.

Be it also known we are aware that some of the aforementioned shipping companies have provided for some of their clients one or more of the following:

a) A written agreement/waiver for the shipping of Live Harmless Snakes
b) Are being granted a "blind eye" policy towards them using their services
c) Some businesses are allowed to utilize those services as local management exception-based decisions

We shall refer to the above herein as "Exceptions". We contend that this is highly discriminatory towards any competitors of those businesses who are not allowed the obvious advantage of these "Exceptions". We further contend that these "Exceptions" are not applied equally throughout the shipping company and are often based on the volume of business a company provides to the shipping company.

Be it also known that a situation has arisen for some people not granted "Exceptions". These people are deliberately not marking their boxes with the accurate contents in order to simply survive in this business. This could constitute a violation of the Federal Lacey Act, (which requires the labeling of boxes of live animals) and subject these people to severe penalties if discovered. It is obvious that based on the above-mentioned circumstances, they have no other choices available to be competitive. These policies affect thousands of people dealing in millions of dollars worth of animals every year. We believe we are blatantly being discriminated against and our businesses are suffering accordingly. As such, we believe it is time to do something about this situation instead of just standing by and watching our entire industry wither away.

We the undersigned propose that a review of policy be initiated to allow the shipping of Live Harmless Snakes by common carrier. The shipping of Live Harmless Snakes does not carry any more risk than the shipping of other live reptiles and amphibians. The benefit to the carrier that allows such shipping is enormous. We believe that a change in the policy would not only benefit us as shippers, but would have a huge monetary benefit to the shipping company that changes their policy to reflect the allowance of the shipping of Live Harmless Snakes. We therefore conclude that it is in the best interest of both parties that a compromise is reached, and the shipping of Live Harmless Snakes to be allowed as a matter of policy, and not of "Exception".

2328 Signatures

  • Morgan G
  • John C
  • Todd S
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • Over $1000
  • Brad C
    • Comments
    • Would be willing to waive all liability to shipper on my package!
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • $5000
  • Troy F
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • 10,000
    • Website
    • Frantz Herpetological
  • Troy
    • Website
    • <a href="http://frantzherp.com/" target="_new">www.frantzherp.com</a>
  • Steve Z
    • Website
    • <a href="http://terrapene.org" target="_new"></a>
  • stephen l
    • Comments
    • it wont hurt you to ship[ snakes]
  • TIm C
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • 200
  • Thaddaus D
  • Peter A
  • Stephen K
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • 500.00
  • Sheryl M
  • michael s
  • Michael T. S
  • Tim T
  • Eric W
    • Comments
    • Retired Air Freight Captain
  • Brian B
    • Comments
    • It's about time somebody cares enough to take a stand. I cannot ship snakes, but can ship baby chickens via USPS and they are carriers of Salmonella bacteria. Humn!!
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • 500.00 +
  • Jonel L
    • Comments
    • Change in policies regarding harmless and non-venomous reptiles.
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • approx. 1000.00+/year
  • evan b
  • SCOTT E. M
  • Trooper W
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • $500
  • Jeff J
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • 200.00
  • Tana M
  • Adam W
  • Tina W
  • Desiree' K
    • Comments
    • Please give responsible herp breeders and hobbyist and chance to ship their animal safely, legaly and efficently. At this point in the petition, including only those who gave an average yearly shipping cost (which is only about 50% of those who signed this petition), you could be adding $1,298,954 worth of business to your company. Again that's not including the other 50% of those who gave no yearly average amount. Please lend a listening ear and reasonable business sense and allow harmless reptiles to be shipped. Thank You
  • Lucas
    • Website
    • <a href="http://www.petitiononline.com/harmless/petition-sign.html?" target="_new"></a>
  • Rebecca Evelyn B
    • Comments
    • Shipping should be $13.65 like at the post office for the same size package
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • Thousands
    • Website
    • RMBryant reptiles
  • kevin v
  • Thomas S
    • Comments
    • This would be nice since I will be shipping snakes in the near future.
  • Jeff G
  • Donovan W
    • Website
    • Children of the Cornsnake
  • Ted F
    • Comments
    • more care is taken in packing and shipping live harmless snakes than is most parcels sent via these common carriers
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • +$500
  • Sam C
    • Comments
    • There is no reason that shipping harmless reptiles should be a problem, it creates money for the shippers and the person shipping it. Which inturn makes money for our country. What is the big deal?
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • $2500
  • david f
  • Jason H
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • $3,000
  • Joshua S
  • Jim H
    • Website
    • The Natural World
  • Darin G
    • Comments
    • I believe that since many of these companies ship dangerous chemicals on a daily basis, I cannot see why they could not ship harmless snakes and lizards.
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • 300-500 dollars
  • Jeffrey S
  • C W S
  • Richard B
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • 300.
  • Tarpit r
  • Steve R
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • $500
  • Corey G
    • Comments
    • your hurting yourselves by turning away a substaintal source of revenue each year
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • $1000 with delta dash
  • Shane M
  • kevin w
  • Bridgett V
    • Comments
    • No comments at this time.
  • Michael J
    • Yearly Shipping Costs
    • 2000-3000