I know this has probably been brought up but I'm going to post it again as it is very important that we get involved and try to kill this ridiculous bill. What in the world are they thinking? Every one of us should be concerned, we all own and love our animals.
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
WE NEED YOUR HELP - WHETHER YOU OWN AN "EXOTIC" ANIMAL OR ANY OTHER
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", and 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
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
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
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
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
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
NAIA Trust | For the protection of animals, animal owners, and animal enterprises
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
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 NAIA Trust | For the protection of animals, animal owners, and animal enterprises
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
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:
You can see the full text of the bill here: <http:// frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?
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.
Attorney at Law
Legislative VP, AFA, NAIA
Legislative Chair, ASA, NAIA
American Federation of Aviculture
Avicultural Society of America, For bird breeding, restoration and education. Founded 1927
NAIA | National Animal Interest Alliance
With great thanks to Marshall Meyers of PIJAC for providing their
materials and for working on behalf of all of us.
PIJAC Home Page - Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
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