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It has come to our attention that there is a bill going to Congress, that would in its current form, would almost instantly put us out of business. It is HR 669. It will stop importation, breeding and transportation of all non-native species. Read the attachment included with this e-mail. This is not a hoax. It is real. This is scheduled to go up for vote later this month. If you would like to be able to keep your pets and hobby intact please take a few moments to e- mail the people listed in the e-mail. I would also suggest giving a shout to our representative Chet Edwards.

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It will stop importation, breeding and transportation of all non-native species.

No, it won't...

Here's the bill summary:


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.

More about the bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-669

It does have some potential for abuse, it would appear, but it won't immediately cut off all non-native species imports...

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Don't they come up with one of these every year and the bill dies?

pretty much

I don't understand why law makers cannot keep on task...like making tanning bed illegal for minors...and provocative cheerleading...and CEO salary caps...and MLB steriod use...etc

you know the "REAL" issues

oh wait no...those are all fluffy pandering filler.

get back to work congress and state legislature there is REAL work to be done...not that any of our politicians will ever do it.

if pro is opposite of con...then what is the opposite of progress?

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