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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:41 am 
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THOSE OF YOU WITH ACCESS TO MAILING LISTS OF POSSIBLY INTERESTED
PARTIES - FORWARD TO THEM IMMEDIATELY! PLANTS ARE INVOLVED TOO!

PIJAC Alert: Stop Congress from Taking Your Pets...Join PIJAC in
opposing H.R. 669

Why Should You Care?


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 also be affected by
this bill.

In an effort to help everyone better understand H.R. 669 (The
Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act), PIJAC has put together
the attached document that highlights the important points that
everyone needs to know and understand about H.R. 669. It also
outlines what you and others can do.

Please read attached and distribute to everyone you know. If they are
not a PIJAC member encourage them to join at http://www.pijac.org.
People in the Subcommittee members states should also contact the
member in their district offices. Congress needs to hear many voices.
PIJAC
1220 19th Street, NW, Ste 400
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 452-1525 - tel
(202) 293-4377 - fax


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:22 am 
Where's the "attachment" or link to an attachment?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:52 am 
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Follow this link:

http://www.pijac.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=175

Emy


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:20 am 
Thanks.

Did find it VERY interesting that when you click to read the actual "original" bill, a message (that's apparently imbedded in the bill text) pops up alerting you to the fact that the posted copy has been "changed/tampered with". Doesn't say much for "pijac", does it?

And frankly, I've always felt that something should be done re: importing wildlife. And yes, I own a cockatoo (captive-bred in the U.S.) & I do have tropical fish. And unfortunately, tropical fish (& reptile/amphibian) purveyors are of the highest notoriety as to capturing wild & importing. Yup - pet stores will suffer. But I'm not all that sure that that's such a bad thing.

Even if this ends up limiting my & others ability to own certain animals as pets, after reading the bill (changed &/or tampered with as it might have been), I really don't see anything worthy of my challenging it.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:38 pm 
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if that bill is passed, breezy, you'd never be able to get another cockatiel or any more tropical fish (other than goldfish).

even if the bird or fish were bred/raised here it wouldn't matter as interstate transfer of animals on the 'restricted' list wouldn't be allowed either (on top of not being allowed to bring something into the country).


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:54 pm 
Don't be ridiculous Joclyn - even if they do ban interstate transport, there are PLENTY of in-state licensed bird & tropical fish breeders here in VA, as there are in other states as well.

I'm still not against this bill.

And I don't have a "cockatiel", I have a COCKATOO. And she'll probably outlive me.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:50 pm 
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I did a search for this bill and found this govtrack site.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-669

Let me first say that I have no problem with preventing exotic pets such as snakes, reptiles, birds, fish and such from being captured and brought in from other countries. There are some serious problems from people getting such pets. People being bit by venomous critters, the pets getting to be too much to take care of and people turning them loose etc...

What I don't like is where they don't disclose what exactly species this bill will cover until AFTER the bill is passed.
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1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 36 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a list of nonnative wildlife species approved for importation into the United States.


They need to specify upfront what species they will allow and what they wont.

Foxy.


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