Dear all, I post the following on this site, as our victory has ramifications and benefits for all private reptile keepers in Australia in that a court has found that a wildlife department cannot come in and demand a keeper hand over legally acquired and held snakes.
In our case the government officers wanted to take snakes we had held for more than 8 years and raised from egg/birth. Understandably we resisted and fortunately the court saw reason and sided with us.
Snakebusters win TWO court cases this week – trading as normal! (Friday 8 June)
Dear all, on Monday this week, DSE unlawfully demanded in writing that Snakebusters hand over their legally held Venomoid (devenomized) snakes to be used by the DSE for their own inferior reptile shows, having unlawfully shut Snakebusters down in March this year.
Snakebusters are the only reptile display company in Australia that takes safety seriously and has the expertise to have these snakes.
Yesterday, VCAT made an order prohibiting the illegal demand by the DSE. They are not allowed to steal the legally owned property of Snakebusters – it is that simple!
Today in separate proceedings the Supreme Court of Appeal agreed that a different VCAT Judge (Pamela Jenkins) was wrong to have cancelled Raymond Hoser / Snakebusters licences on 9 March this year on instruction from DSE, costing Snakebusters tens of thousands of dollars in lost income and generating a vast amount of adverse publicity for the company arising from false and defamatory media releases by the DSE.
While it is gratifying to see a wrong decision reversed, this reversal came too late for at least one man (Andrew Smith) who is now dead from snakebite as a result of Snakebusters being unable to provide services as originally booked and him then having to engage the services of a less experienced and unsafe provider.
With Snakebusters now operating as normal again, people across Australia can again avoid taking risks by booking with Australia’s best reptiles and the only guaranteed risk free venomous snake shows, operated by Australia’s leading reptile experts.
Snakebusters are alone in our industry with experience in the reptile business in excess of 30 years and a perfect safety record.
Snakebusters are also again providing the only internationally recognised snake handling courses taught by experts with verifiable experience in excess of 30 years!
Finally, we thank our many loyal friends, clients and fellow wildlife lovers who have given all possible support in these trying times as we have fought these unlawful attacks from DSE officers and others.
We also wish to thank those people within DSE and the Victoria Police who contacted us to apologise for the criminal actions and misconduct of their work colleagues.
Snakebusters do intend serving a demand for damages and compensation on DSE for their gross misconduct and unlawful actions, including criminal damage to property in a heavily armed raid on 17 August last year.
More detail will be published on the Snakebusters website shortly!
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