Georgia Herpetological Society
Code Of Ethics
The Georgia Herpetological Societies membership is open to anyone with an interest in reptiles and amphibians. Membership is comprised of individuals from both the herpetological and herpetocultural fields, hobbyist and the curious.
We invite you to join the Georgia Herpetological Society. Just print the application form and fill it out. Return it with your check or money order payable to the Georgia Herpetological Society. Membership runs for one calendar year and is renewable every December.
Members of the Georgia Herpetological Society play a vital role in public education about the importance of reptiles and amphibians. This role extends to the purpose of educating the uniformed about the natural history, ecological role and conservation status of all reptiles and amphibians. As such, it is important that we abide by a continuous set of rules and policies that create a professional level of acceptance for the society and its membership as well as continuity with its intended message.
To fulfill this role, we must understand the relationships we share with the public, the animals under our care, and with each other. A subsequent obligation of membership is to maintain high standards of ethical conduct. Members must have the courage and foresight to live up to their responsibilities within the parameters of professionalism.
A code of ethics provides standards by which we can judge our memberships conduct. It is a desire to maintain the respect and confidence of fellow members and the public that should provide us with incentive to maintain the highest degree of ethical conduct.
So long as our membership is guided by these principles, ours will continue to be a respected organization.
Code of Professional Ethics *
The following Code of Professional Ethics of the Georgia Herpetological Society shall form the basis for membership within the organization.
Any deviation by a member from the GHS Membership Ethics or from any of the rules officially adopted by the Board of Directors, or any action by a member that is detrimental to the best interest of the society, shall be considered unethical conduct. All violations will be reviewed by the existing GHS board and any action will follow within 30 days of the reported activity.
An appeal may be made to the board by the member and this appeal must be made in writing within 30 days of the boards initial decision. A final decision will be made following an appeal in writing within 30 days of the appeal receipt.
In order to promote high standards of conduct in our society, the Georgia Herpetological Society has formulated the following basic principles for the guidance of its members:
As a member of the Georgia Herpetological Society, I pledge to:
By applying for membership with the Georgia Herpetological Society, I promise to abide by its policies and goals as outlined in the aforementioned membership code of ethics. I also promise to abide by all local, state, and federal laws pertaining to reptiles and amphibians. Furthermore I affirm that I have not been convicted of any wildlife crime I understand that any violation of the membership code of ethics could lead to my permanent expulsion from the organization.
* Excerpts were adapted from the American Zoo and Aquarium Associations code of ethics.