Code of Ethics

The following principles are intended to assist members of PNWHS in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct. They are to be professional standards which each and every Society member is expected to follow. Failure to abide by this Code of Ethics may result in membership termination.

Section 1

Society members shall encourage and promote an appreciation of the role of reptiles and amphibians in the ecosystem.

Section 2

Society members shall not engage in or encourage activities that may diminish, or in any other way, discredit the Society and its purposes as set forth in the Constitution and its Bylaws.

Section 3

Society members shall uphold the dignity of the science of herpetology and shall not encourage unethical conduct of fellow members (such as displaying a large snake in public in any other format than for educational purposes).

Section 4

Society members shall observe local, state and federal wildlife protection, collection and possession laws. The Society will not encourage the keeping of venomous reptile species in private collections.

Subsection 4.1

When collecting reptiles and amphibians, members ore expected to replace disturbed habitat as much as possible to its natural condition, and to take no more specimens than necessary for legitimate herpetological purposes. Every effort should be taken to protect endemic populations from over collecting.

Section 5

When maintaining reptiles and amphibians in captivity, Society members are expected to provide adequate care and humane treatment for all specimens, including prey animals.

Section 6

Only captive-born or long-term captive animals from “private collections” are allowed for sale at Society meetings or through its newsletter. The Society does not allow the practice of “dealing” animals at its meetings by individuals whose sole purpose is to sell imported, wild-caught animals for a monetary profit. Furthermore, no member shall knowingly bring a sick or parasitically infected animal to any of the Society meetings. Price lists and other sources of herpetologically related information (i.e., supply catalogs) are allowed at the general meetings regardless of their contents.

Section 7

All sales of animals and general conversation shall be conducted prior to the meetings or after the speakers have completed their presentations. All members are expected to show their respect to these individuals by remaining silent during the presentations. Members who choose to talk and disrupt the speakers will be asked to leave. Remember, these individuals are giving up part of their weekend and, in some cases, driving long distances to come share their experiences at the meetings. These events are important to many (if not all) of the Society’s members; please do not ruin it for others.

Section 8

No Society member shall obstruct or inhibit the rights or privileges of another member, except as outlined in the Articles of the Constitution and its Bylaws.