Crux Charisma (charismasuicide) wrote in reptilefreaks,
Crux Charisma

the feds wanna' take your pets [x-posted]

On April 23rd 2009, The Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. Congress will hold a hearing on H.R. 669, a resolution that will in effect ban importation, interstate transport, and the private ownership of most birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish as pets. Should HR669 be adopted as written only the following nonnative animals
would be allowed:

-Cats (Felis catus)
-Cattle/Oxen (Bos taurus)
-Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)
-Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)
-Donkey/Asses (Equus asinus)
-Domesticated Geese (family Anatidae)
-Domesticated Ducks (Anas spp.)
-Goats (Capra aegagrus hircus)
-Common Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)
-Horses (Equus caballus)
-Llama (Lama glama)
-Mule/Hinny (Equus caballus x E. asinus)
-Domesticated Pigs/Hogs (Sus scrofa domestica)
-Domesticated Rabbit vatieties (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
-Sheep (Ovis aries)

Should this resolution be adopted into law as written it will have a devastating impact on every pet owner and business in the United States.

Action is needed TODAY to protect your rights to keep your pets! (So call/email/write your local congressrep voicing your opposition)
Click the link below for more information and what you can do to protect your pets:

I got in a discussion elsewhere with some folks discussing this. Because I'm lazy I'm going to toss in my $.02 from that even though its a little out of context.
"I would strongly support any measure that would reduce the importation and sale of wild-caught specimens." (quote I was replying to)

I think those are the key points to be stressed. And perhaps that may be the spirit of the law, but the letter of the law is far from it.

And thats the problem with people who are ignorant to the industry trying to regulate it.

A facebook group is irrelevant, but letter writing campains from hobbyists explaining the fallacies with the bill and useful suggestion and compromises are pertinent.

I don't see something this sweeping being passed on a federal level, but I don't think apathy is a proper recourse. This is still the same type of scenario that makes local laws banning all snakes 6'+. I don't think exotic pet enthusiasts should be willing to just "hope for the best" while letting groups like the HSUS with a clear anti-herp/exotic agenda lobby and shape our future as pet owners.

And although I think the owner of can be unnesacerily alarmist about these things, their are pertinent factors in THIS rebute to the bill.

If Florida wants to ban large boids because they can thrive in the everglades or California wishes to ban gerbils as a potential agricultural pest that makes sense. Barring all interstate trade, however, even in regions where species cannot make feral populations is over the top. I don't think this should be a federal issue.

To add to this, it would take someone smarter than myself to resolve this issue and keep all parties happy. Don't think I think I have all the answers.

I think the individual rights of pet owners are important. I think respecting our natural ecosystems and preventing introduced species is important. I respect the need for reasonable, researched, enforcable regulation.

If this bill were hypothetically passed, however, would it solve anything?

It makes me think of pit bull bans or the ever successful war on drugs.

I only see it creating an even greater black market for smuggled animals. With greater room for abuse trying to traffic the animals, denial of vet care and feral populations still popping ups [Oh shit! The feds are here, lets dump these bootleg snakes out the back door and evade prison time!].

x-posted to pertinent communities
EDIT: I made quite the... Equus asinus of myself, believing what was circulating before studying the bill. That list is only the definition of domestic species. No list has been agreed upon yet. LINK FOR ACTUAL BILL
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