In VCAT proceedings at end 2008, the Victorian government licencing authority (called “DSE”) and “Zoo’s Victoria” argued against Snakebusters allowing “hands on” with reptiles at their demonstrations. Snakebusters are Victoria’s leaders for kids reptile parties, kids reptile shows, mobile reptile displays, corporate entertainment and reptile displays and snake shows. DSE stated repeatedly that Snakebusters were the only demonstrators who allow the public to hold their reptiles at shows and events and that all other traveling reptile and wildlife demonstrators effectively confined themselves to “show and tell”, and perhaps allowing the public a fleeting touch of an animal, while being held in a firm grip by the demonstrator. They repeatedly pointed out that Snakebusters are the only demonstrator in Victoria that actually allows people to hold reptiles and furthermore allows many people to do so at once.
There is now talk about amending the Victorian Wildlife Act in 2012 to ban any private ownership of reptiles, “hands on reptile shows” at demonstrations, banning childrens reptile parties in Melbourne and so on, but this has not yet happened, and as in previous years, Snakebusters will lead the resistance to any such moves.
Hence for the time being and contrary to false claims circulated by Snakebusters rivals, ALL the “hands on” by Snakebusters at our reptile shows, events, educational school incursions, kid’s parties and the like remains totally legal. By the way, contrary to a repeated false claim by a rival, Snakebusters don’t hand out (devenomized) Tiger Snakes to kids at parties! The claim was made by a person (apparantly) unable to tell the difference between a Sand Python and a Tiger Snake. Funnily enough, VCAT Commissioner Anne Coghlan also had the misguided belief that pythons were dangerously venomous snakes as well!
Snakebusters remain the “hands on” reptile show of choice for Victorians and is supported by tens of thousands of school teachers, parents and others who want their kids, friends and families to have the best “hands on” educational wildlife shows and education possible.
Stop press – as of End 2010 – Zoos Victoria and the DSE have launched a new campaign to OUTLAW all hands on reptiles kids parties and shows in Victoria. Snakebusters reptile shows are the ONLY wildlife demonstrator in Victoria opposing this plan.
Further details about Snakebusters – Australia’s best reptiles can be seen at their website at:
http://www.snakebusters.com.au or contacted by phone in Melbourne on 03 9812 3322 (Australia)