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Old 02-27-2012, 11:59 PM
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Reptile Community. Please participate in the USARK (United States Association of Reptile Keepers) Call In Campaign TODAY to stop HR511 amendment to the Lacey Act including the original 9 snake species.

Key Members of House Judiciary Committee to Contact:

Lamar Smith (R-TX)- 202-225-4236
Sensenbrenner (R-WI)- 202-225-5101
Coble (R-NC)- 202-225-3065
Issa (R-CA)- 202-225-3906
Gohmert (R-TX)- 202-225-3035
Chaffetz (R-UT)- 202-225-7751
Gowdy (R-SC)- 202-225-6030
Poe (R-TX)- 202-225-6565
Goodlatte (R-VA)- 202-225-5431

PHONE CAMPAIGN Talking Points:

Will destroy thousands of jobs and small family businesses; $104 million annual economic impact. Criminalize the actions of over 1 million American Citizens; Lacey Act felons. Federal action to address a localized problem in South Florida is unnecessary; the State of Florida and US Fish & Wildlife have already taken draconian measures. Underlying science has been criticized by scientists from around the world. Creates a massive animal welfare problem, potentially displacing millions of animals. HELP STOP THE AMENDMENT TO THE LACEY ACT!!!! Here is a little more on it: Florida's Representative Rooney Proposes Large Constrictor Ban Under The Lacey Act
The Issue:
U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (D-Florida) has introduced H.R. 511 to add large constrictors to the “injurious wildlife” list under the Lacey Act (Title 18 US Code Section 42(a)(1)). The bill has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
The following species would be listed under H.R. 511:

Indian python (Python molurus)
Burmese python (Python molurus bivittaus)
Reticulated python (Broghammerus reticulates or Python reciculatus)
Northern African python (Python sebae)
Boa constrictor (Boa constictor)
Yellow anaconda (Eunectes ntaeus)
DeSchauemsee’s anaconda (Eunectes deschauenseei)
Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
Beni anaconda (Eunectes beniensis)

The Impact:
H.R. 511 would unilaterally ban importation and interstate movement of each of the above listed species. The Rooney bill is a reintroduction of the previous bills calling for listing large constrictors under the Lacey Act. The listing would directly impact breeders, exporters, pet stores and pet owners across the country.

Recommended Action:
The bill has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. As during the last Congress, the matter will be assigned to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, & Homeland Security.

PIJAC, as well as others, have argued that there is no justification for a blanket listing under the Lacey Act for species which may impact on a small section of the country. And, based on climate issues in south Florida over the past two years, feral population have been significantly reduced and the impact of the remaining feral specimens may be negligible to non-existent, especially for each of the proposed species. Apart from specimens of only a couple species that surfaced in south Florida, there has not been a credible science-based study demonstrating the ability of each of the species to migrate north.
Moreover, the State of Florida has already enacted comprehensive legislation and regulations to deal with these species. State law already addresses the issues espoused by Representative Rooney as justification for such a listing – keeping these species from being imported into Florida.
Stay tuned for future PIJAC PetAlerts that will provide you with information as to the next steps when a call to action is required.
Remain calm throughout the process and recognize that this is only the beginning of a long process.
Be professional! It is paramount that all segments of the pet industry are perceived as highly professional throughout the course of this process. If perceived otherwise, we lose our credibility and without our credibility our collective voice as well as individual voices will have little to no effect.
Alert your friends/colleagues in the reptile community to the potential implications of H.R. 511.
Any changes in status, related documents or other updates on H.R. 511 will be posted on the Breaking News page of the PIJAC website.
If you have further questions on H.R. 511 or this PetAlert, contact Michael Canning by telephone at 202-452-1525, or via email at
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