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Subject: HR669 - Dangerous Animal Legislation Alert!

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 12:47 PM
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I am not sure how true this is, but I wouldn't put it past the govt. to do such a thing..

Subject: HR669 - Dangerous Animal Legislation Alert!

>
>
> This bill will hurt YOU and your pets. This is not a state bill... this
> is
> a FEDERAL proposal and will affect all pet owners who share their homes
> with
> birds, fish, mammals and any other animal that is considered non-native
> to
> the US! It will also affect the pet industry which supplies you with
> your
> supplies, pet foods, veterinary care, etc.
>
> Wide cross posting of this email is requested in its entirety, with links
> and PIJAC PDF attachment.
>
> ACTION ALERT - FROM AFA, ASA, and NAIA, with additional information from
> PIJAC
>
> WE NEED YOUR HELP - WHETHER YOU OWN AN "EXOTIC" ANIMAL OR ANY OTHER
> ANIMAL.
>
> HR 669 IS SET FOR HEARING ON 4/23/09.
> WE ALL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO KILL HR 669 NOW.
>
> THE ISSUE - WHAT IS HR 669? - WHAT WILL IT DO?
>
> "ONE GENERATION AND OUT" is not just limited to purebred dogs and cats.
> Now our "non-native" species" are targets of the animal prohibitionist
> agenda.
> Under HR 669, "non-native" basically means if a species of animal didn't
> live in the US before the arrival of Columbus it is "non-native"before if
> HR
> 669 passes, most non-native species of animal (i.e., exotic animals)
> won't
> remain in the US much longer. That means your exotic pet bird,
> reptile, fish,
> or mammal.
>
>
>
> HR 669 is a very serious and harmful animal prohibition proposal. HR
> 669
> is not needed to protect our environment. HR 699 is the legislative
> equivalent of a nuclear bomb that is aimed at the entire US exotic pet
> industry, all
> US exotic pet owners, and all exotic animals in the US.
>
>
>
> HR 669 is an "anti-animal bill". There is no amendment that can fix
> this
> bill. HR 669 will hurt everyone who owns an animal, and it will hurt
> our
> animals. Breeder, pet owner, rescuer, rehabilitator, zoo, service or
> product provider - it doesn't matter - we will all be hurt by this bill.
> HR 669
> needs to be killed at the April 23rd hearing - not amended, not "made
> better" - HR 669 NEEDS TO BE KILLED. Please contact the Representatives
> hearing
> this bill NOW and ask them to KILL HR 669 (see below for contact
> information)P
>
> All import, export, transport across State lines, selling, buying,
> bartering, or offering to sell, buy or barter, and all breeding, and
> release, of all
> non-native species not on the "approved list" will be prohibited - even
> by
> zoos, sanctuaries, and licensed breeders. Permits authorizing only
> "importation" may be issued to "zoos, scientific research, medical,
> accredited
> zoological or aquarium display purposes, or for educational purposes that
> are
> specifically reviewed, approved, and verified by the Secretary". There
> is no
> requirement that any permits be granted. Even if these institutions
> are able
> to obtain the required permits, where will they obtain their imported
> animals? Habitat for many species is declining worldwide, many species
> are
> endangered or threatened in the wild, and many species cannot be imported
> to the US
> under the CITES treaty. The result of this bill will be to put a stop
> domestic breeding of most endangered or threatened species in the US for
> zoos,
> conservation, or reintroduction programs. Zoos are not immune from the
> animal prohibitionist agenda.
>
> If you "possess" a non-approved species "legally" prior to enactment of
> the
> law, you will be allowed to keep it, but all of the other restrictions pf
> HR
> 669 will still apply to your species - you will not be allowed to sell,
> transfer, transport across State lines, export, barter, trade, breed, or
> give that
> animal to anyone else.
>
> Pet owners will not be allowed to take their non-approved pets with them
> if
> they move to another state, and they will not be allowed to transfer them
> to
> anyone else who can care for them. Those pets will be euthanized when
> their
> owners move, die, or can no longer keep their pets for whatever reason.
> Pet owners and their pets are not immune from the animal prohibitionist
> agenda.
>
> "Rescue" and "sanctuary" will not be available for any non-approved
> species
> unless the rescue or sanctuary keeps only species found within their
> respective States. That result has been contemplated for years.
> Rescues and
> Sanctuaries are not immune from the animal prohibitionist agenda.
>
> Any person or company manufacturing or selling food or products for
> non-native (exotic) species will be affected by this act. If non-native
> (exotic)
> species cannot be legally possessed, bought, sold, or transferred, there
> will
> be no incentive for manufacturers of food, caging, and supplies for these
> animals to remain in business. Where will non-native (exotic) animal
> owners
> obtain the food and materials needed to keep their animals?
>
> Freeflight of exotic birds will be prohibited.
>
> THE LEGAL DETAILS OF THIS BILL
>
>
>
> Under existing federal law, it must be shown that a species is harmful
> before it is prohibited. That approach is reasonable, and has worked
> reasonably
> well for many years. In essence, HR 669 turns that reasonable approach
> on
> its head, and substitutes the unreasonable and unjustified approach of
> "bomb
> first, ask questions later".
>
> HR 669 requires the government to create an "approved" list of
> "non-native"
> species that will be allowed in the US. Any species not on the
> "approved"
> list will be prohibited. Under HR 668 the "approved" list shall include
> "nonnative wildlife species that the Secretary finds ... based on
> scientific and
> commercial information .... (A) are not harmful to the United States'
> economy, the environment, or other animal species' or human health; or
> (B) may be
> harmful to the United States' economy, the environment, or other animal
> species' or human health, but already are so widespread in the United
> States that
> it is clear to the Secretary that any import prohibitions or restrictions
> would have no practical utility for the United States."
>
> It takes time and money for the government to study any species and make
> a
> "finding". Time and money are always in short supply, and are
> especially in
> short supply in this economy. If your species is not included on the
> original "approved list", then under HR 669 you can try to get your
> species
> "approved" by paying a fee and submitting a proposal to our government to
> include it
> on the "approved list". Your proposal "must include sufficient
> scientific
> and commercial information to allow the Secretary to evaluate whether the
> proposed nonnative wildlife species is likely to cause economic or
> environmental harm or harm to other animal species' or human health."
> While your
> proposal is being "evaluated" by our government, you and your animals are
> still
> subject to the restrictions of HR 669. Whether your proposal will ever
> be
> granted is pure speculation.
>
> There are more than 9000 bird species, and thousands of species of birds
> are
> kept in the US. There are many other non-native (exotic) species owned
> by
> animal lovers across the US. How many bird or other non-native (exotic)
> species do you think our government can afford to study and determine
> that they
> can be added to this newly created "approved list"?
>
> If the required study can't be made of a species, and the required
> finding
> isn't made about a species, the animal won't make it to the approved
> list.
> That applies to every species of non-native (exotic) animal.
>
>
> WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP KILL HR 669
>
> Contact your Representatives NOW
>
>
> 1. You can use NAIA's Capwiz tool to send an automatic email or fax to
> each of the Representatives who will hear this bill to ask them to KILL
> HR
> 669. Here's the link to send your email using Capwiz:
> <_www.capwiz.com/www.capwiz_ (http://www.capwiz.com/naiatrust/) >
>
> 2. PIJAC has provided us with a PDF flyer which explains to pet
> owners
> how HR 669 will hurt all of us and our animals. The PIJAC PDF flyer is
> attached to this email. The PIJAC PDF flyer provides you with contact
> information - use it. Please contact your own Representatives NOW, and
> tell them
> to KILL HR 669. Be polite and respectful, but be clear and firm in
> your
> opposition to this bill. Be brief, and tell them a few reasons why you
> think it is a bad bill. Short and to the point works best. If you
> have time,
> you can also contact all of the other Representatives in your State.
>
>
>
> Write to your Representative using their contact pages on their websites.
> Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard for us to contact some of our
> Representatives - emails don't often go through, letters aren't read, and
> we sometimes
> have to write individually to our Representatives using the contact pages
> they
> put up on their websites. PIJAC has done the work to give us links
> where
> needed for these contact pages for these websites so that we can make
> those
> contacts (see the attached PIJAC PDF flyer), and NAIA is making "Capwiz"
> available for the one-shot contact - go to the Capwiz webpage at
> <_www.capwiz.com/www.capwiz_ (http://www.capwiz.com/naiatrust/) >
>
>
> Call and Fax your Representative at the numbers provided on the attached
> PDF
> PIJAC flyer.
>
> Be sure to contact the local office of your own Representative by phone,
> and
> if you can, make a personal visit. Our congressional representatives
> are
> now on recess, and will return to their work at the Capitol next week.
> Let
> your Representatives' local offices know NOW that you want them to KILL
> HR
> 669. If the local staff hear from enough constituents that they want a
> bill
> killed, they will let their Representatives know that their constituents
> hate this bill.
>
>
>
> 3. Distribute this email, NAIA's link, and PIJAC's PDF flyer widely to
> everyone you know who loves animals and wants to keep them in our lives.
> In
> particular, send it to any pet lists you are on. This bill will impact
> almost all non-native animals. Ask them to contact the representatives
> and ask
> them to KILL HR 669.
>
>
> You can see PIJAC's earlier alert on HR 669 here:
> <_http://www.pijac.http://wwwhttp://wwwhttp://www_
> (http://www.pijac.org/files/public/US_HR_669.pdf) >
>
>
> You can see the full text of the bill here:
> <_http://frwebgate.http://frwehttp://frwebhttp://frwehttp://frwehttp://frw&docid=f:h669ih.docid=f_
> (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h669ih.tx
> t.pdf) >
>
> 4. If you have a website or belong to a discussion list, post this
> Alert
> and the PDF attachment. Ask your friends to do the same.
>
> A NOTE ALL ANIMAL OWNERS, AND ESPECIALLY TO BIRD OWNERS
>
> Does the Pennsylvania Proposed Ban of the Nanday Conure of 2008 ring a
> bell
> for anyone?
>
>
>
> For those bird owners who fought so hard and so well for the Nanday in
> Pennsylvania in 2008 - that was just target practice.
>
> HR 669 IS THE ANIMAL PROHIBITIONIST NUCLEAR OPTION - STOP IT NOW.
>
> Get your phones, emails, and faxes working and get our troops marching
> again. We need every one of you to help again, and we need the help of
> everyone
> you know. It doesn't matter if they own a bird, a dog, a cat, a turtle,
> a
> hamster, a fish, a snake, a tiger, a monkey, or any other animal. We
> are
> all affected by this bill. Don't let the animal prohibitionists force
> their agenda on the rest of us.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Genny Wall
> Attorney at Law
> Legislative VP, AFA, NAIA
>
> Laurella Desborough
> Legislative Chair, ASA, NAIA
>
> _www.afabirds.www_ (http://www.afabirds.org/)
> _www.asabirds.www_ (http://www.asabirds.org/)
> _www.naiaonline.www_ (http://www.naiaonline.org/)
>
> With great thanks to Marshall Meyers of PIJAC for providing their
> materials
> and for working on behalf of all of us.
> _www.PIJAC.org_ (http://www.pijac.org/)

by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 12:47 PM
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jns131
by Member on Apr. 9, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I cannot imagine anything like this being on the agenda to eliminate all types of animals. I am going to say this is a hoax. I am on Snopes and can't find anything on this. Still looking. Thanks for the heads up, but until I hear anything more, I am going to consider this one interesting and not viable.

GardenClub
by New Member on Apr. 12, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Simply because I love pets I have forwarded this to those I know, just in case! I just traveled 1500 miles with a cat and a dog. I would have been very upset and the trip though less stressful would not have been nearly as much fun !!

Thanks for letting us know either way.

Garden FlowerthanksClub

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