HR669 Federal ban on ALL non-native animals

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HR669 Federal ban on ALL non-native animals

Post  Printessa / Admin on Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:15 pm

HR669, if passed, will kill the exotic pet industry overnight. If you love keeping exotic animals as pets, call or write your representatives and tell them to vote NO on HR 669.

You will no longer be able to keep Birds, Reptiles, Turtles, Frogs, Ferrets, Hedgehogs, Chinchillas, Saltwater/Freshwater Fish, Coral... exotic deer and other animals used in hunts.
Even Dogs and Cats are not safe.

THIS LAW WAS PASSED IN CONNETICUT ON APRIL 6th! It CAN happen to you!

Summary of HR 669

Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act - Requires the Secretary of the Interior to promulgate regulations establishing a process for assessing the risk of all nonnative wildlife species proposed for importation into the United States, other than those included in a list of approved species issued under this Act. Sets forth factors that must be considered, including the identity of the organism to the species level, the native range of the species, whether the species has caused harm to the economy, the environment, or other animal species or human health in similar ecosystems, and the likelihood of establishment or spread of the species in the United States.
Provides procedures for issuance and expansion of a list of nonnative wildlife species approved for importation and a list of nonnative wildlife species that are prohibited.
Establishes prohibitions on: (1) importation or transportation between states of nonnative species that are not included in the list of approved species; (2) permit violations; and (3) possession, purchase, sale, barter, release, or breeding of such species.
Exempts from such prohibitions actions by law enforcement personnel to enforce this Act or by federal or state officials to prevent the introduction or establishment of nonnative wildlife species. Declares that nothing in this Act restricts the importation or transportation between states of such species by a federal agency for its own use if the species remains in its possession. Authorizes the Secretary to issue permits authorizing otherwise prohibited importation for scientific research, for medical, accredited zoological or aquarium display purposes, or for educational purposes that are specifically reviewed, approved, and verified by the Secretary if the Secretary finds that there has been a proper showing by the permittee of responsibility for the specimen and continued protection of the public interest and health.
Allows the imposition of fees on persons who submit a proposal to include a species in either of the lists to recover the costs of assessing risks of nonnative wildlife species. Establishes a Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Fund into which such fees and fines for violations will be deposited.
Redesignates the Invasive Species Council established by Executive Order 13112 as the National Invasive Species Council.

Key words: dog, cat, turtle, frog, snake, python, boa, reptile, gecko, parakeet, parrot, finch, wolf, tiger, bengal, ferret, chinchilla, degu, hedgehog, coral, saltwater, freshwater, fish, chichlid, fox
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Re: HR669 Federal ban on ALL non-native animals

Post  Printessa / Admin on Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:25 pm

What is HR 669?
H.R. 669 stands for House Resolution 669 and is titled "The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act". It is a bill currently before Congress that if passed will change the way that the US Government classifies animal species that are not native to the United States. H.R. 669 will make it illegal to breed and sell many animals that are very common in the pet trade.

Why should you care about HR 669?
Anyone with pet fish, birds, reptiles, or small mammals will be affected by this bill. Any company selling product or services for pet fish, birds, reptiles or small mammals will be affected by this bill. Would you be impacted by "The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act"?

•Virtually all fish in an aquarium are not native to the United States
•Most pet birds are species not native to the US
•Most reptiles kept as pets are not native to the US
•Hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and ferrets are not native to the US
What can you do to stop HR 669?
Pet owners support the concept of a risk based approach to non-native imports, unfortunately H.R. 669 as drafted does not provide a constructive way forward.

url=http://www.nohr669.com/dosomething.htm]Click Here To Say NO To H.R. 669![/url]
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