CatX Update: Action needed by US keepers

Discussion in 'Reptile Law & Legislation' started by JEFFREH, Sep 25, 2013.


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    If you haven't been in the loop - there is proposed legislation that has the potential to decimate our entire hobby. All amphibians and numerous other exotic species are at risk of being added to the Lacey Act as injurious wildlife; making it illegal to sell or transport your pet across state lines!

    "It is not enough to be compassionate, you must act."

    It takes only a few minutes to do your part in protecting our rights to keep reptiles and amphibians in the future! C'mon everyone! Follow the link below:

    Deadline October 15, 2013
    The deadline was extended to October 15, 2013. Now is the time to send your letters and more emails. Thousands of voices from the Reptile Nation have already spoken but now we need a second wave. There are 4 simple steps at the Action Alert below. Do them, share the alert and support your herp community.
    CatEx Action Alert:

    Forwarded from USARK's email list (United States Association of Reptile Keepers:
    USARK President Phil Goss traveled to Washington, D.C. last week. In addition to meetings, strengthening relationships with our allies and tireless networking, USARK sat as one of five witnesses for a hearing concerning the USFWS categorical exclusion proposal. Three of the five witnesses testified against the proposal: USARK, PIJAC and AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums). During the hearing, a letter signed by John Fleming, Rob Bishop, Steve Southerland and Don Young was submitted to record. USARK was instrumental in gaining these signatures during a Capitol Hill visit earlier this summer (view the letter HERE). This letter urges that USFWS Director Dan Ashe immediately withdraw the CatEx proposal. USARK's testimony illustrated the proposal is unjustified and overreaching, giving the power to terminate small businesses and potentially an entire $1.4 billion industry at the discretion of a few individuals at USFWS. USARK's legal team at Kelley Drye has proven indispensable throughout this fight. There is a summary of USARK's testimony at the bottom of this email.
    Deadline October 15, 2013
    The deadline was extended to October 15, 2013. Now is the time to send your letters and more emails. Thousands of voices from the Reptile Nation have already spoken but now we need a second wave. There are 4 simple steps at the Action Alert below. Do them, share the alert and support your herp community.
    CatEx Action Alert:
    CatEx Testimony Summary
    USARK believes the Service’s proposal for a categorical exclusion for its Lacey Act listings is unjustifiable and wholly unnecessary. There may be instances when employment of a categorical exclusion is warranted, particularly for species not in trade or not currently present in the United States. In such circumstances, however, the Department of Interior already has an appropriate categorical exclusion of which the Service has availed itself in past listing decisions. For most listings, however, NEPA provides for both public participation and rigorous scientific assessment, elements that are currently otherwise lacking in the law.
    The Lacey Act invests the Secretary of Interior with discretion, delegated to FWS, to declare species of wildlife “to be injurious to human beings, to the interests of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, or to wildlife or the wildlife resources of the United States.” 18 U.S.C. § 46(a)(1). The law is unique among this Nation’s conservation laws in that it provides neither standards, such as a “best science” requirement, nor procedural requirements to which the Service must adhere in making such decisions. The only prerequisite is that the listing be done “by regulation,” which assures only the provision of notice-and-comment rulemaking and a minimally sufficient explanation of the basis of the decision.

    It is important to understand why Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) processes alone are not sufficient to protect the public interest. A determination that a species is “injurious” under the Lacey Act involves judgment by agency experts involving determinations both technical and scientific. Congress has vested the authority to make such determinations in the Secretary, while providing no criteria to guide her decisionmaking. Under such circumstances, the agency is given the utmost deference by courts. In fact, so long as some rationale is presented, it is unlikely a listing decision could ever be successfully challenged.

    This makes FWS’ continued adherence to NEPA essential. Years of judicial interpretation have established a clear framework for agencies to follow in making regulatory decisions. For example, it must evaluate the opinions of the public and outside experts, respond to all legitimate concerns brought forth relating to the environmental impacts of their actions, and consider significant proposed alternatives. If an agency fails to take the required “hard look” or adhere to processes the law requires, it can be held accountable. By contrast, utilization of a categorical exclusion shortcuts these procedures and places the burden of assuring FWS’ NEPA compliance in the hands of the public.

    In fact, the Service has a checkered past with respect to NEPA compliance in conjunction with Lacey Act listings. When it listed four species of constricting snakes as injurious in 2012, the Environmental Assessment (“EA”) prepared was legally inadequate and FWS’ accompanying “finding of no significant impact” (“FONSI”), wholly unjustified. This listing, done in partial completion of a 2010 proposal to list nine species of constricting snakes (five others, including the Boa constrictor and Reticulated python, remain outstanding).

    This was the first Lacey Act listing of species that are widely held in pet ownership and the foundation of a domestic industry. The proposal was highly controversial – one of the key NEPA criteria for producing a full environmental impact statement (“EIS”) – for social and economic as well as scientific reasons. This response is inadequate, and the proposed exclusion, more generally, is unjustified and should be rejected.

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  3. StikyPaws312

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    Ugh. Just Ugh.Really? Like there's nothing else they should be worrying about right now or anything....?
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  5. Cammy

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    National debt? Meh. Unemployment? Meh. Environmental damage control? Meh. Human rights? Meh.

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  9. qoop

    qoop Embryo

    Practical Explanation ( For Example ) :- `1st of all can you tell me every single seconds detail from that time when you born ?? ( i need every seconds detail ?? that what- what you have thought and done on every single second )

    can you tell me every single detail of your `1 cheapest Minute Or your whole hour, day, week, month, year or your whole life ??

    if you are not able to tell me about this life then what proof do you have that you didn't forget your past ? and that you will not forget this present life in the future ?

    that is Fact that Supreme Lord Krishna exists but we posses no such intelligence to understand him.
    there is also next life. and i already proved you that no scientist, no politician, no so-called intelligent man in this world is able to understand this Truth. cuz they are imagining. and you cannot imagine what is god, who is god, what is after life etc.
    for example :Your father existed before your birth. you cannot say that before your birth your father don,t exists.

    So you have to ask from mother, "Who is my father?" And if she says, "This gentleman is your father," then it is all right. It is easy.
    Otherwise, if you makes research, "Who is my father?" go on searching for life; you'll never find your father.

    ( now maybe...maybe you will say that i will search my father from D.N.A, or i will prove it by photo's, or many other thing's which i will get from my mother and prove it that who is my Real father.{ So you have to believe the authority. who is that authority ? she is your mother. you cannot claim of any photo's, D.N.A or many other things without authority ( or ur mother ).

    if you will show D.N.A, photo's, and many other proofs from other women then your mother. then what is use of those proofs ??} )

    same you have to follow real authority. "Whatever You have spoken, I accept it," Then there is no difficulty. And You are accepted by Devala, Narada, Vyasa, and You are speaking Yourself, and later on, all the acaryas have accepted. Then I'll follow.
    I'll have to follow great personalities. The same reason mother says, this gentleman is my father. That's all. Finish business. Where is the necessity of making research? All authorities accept Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You accept it; then your searching after God is finished.

    Why should you waste your time?
    all that is you need is to hear from authority ( same like mother ). and i heard this truth from authority " Srila Prabhupada " he is my spiritual master.
    im not talking these all things from my own.

    in this world no `1 can be Peace full. this is all along Fact.

    cuz we all are suffering in this world 4 Problems which are Disease, Old age, Death, and Birth after Birth.

    tell me are you really happy ?? you can,t be happy if you will ignore these 4 main problem. then still you will be Forced by Nature.

    if you really want to be happy then follow these 6 Things which are No illicit sex, No gambling, No drugs ( No tea & coffee ), No meat-eating ( No onion & garlic's )

    5th thing is whatever you eat `1st offer it to Supreme Lord Krishna. ( if you know it what is Guru parama-para then offer them food not direct Supreme Lord Krishna )

    and 6th " Main Thing " is you have to Chant " hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare ".
    If your not able to follow these 4 things no illicit sex, no gambling, no drugs, no meat-eating then don,t worry but chanting of this holy name ( Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra ) is very-very and very important.

    Chant " hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare " and be happy.

    if you still don,t believe on me then chant any other name for 5 Min's and chant this holy name for 5 Min's and you will see effect. i promise you it works And chanting at least 16 rounds ( each round of 108 beads ) of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily.
    Here is no Question of Holy Books quotes, Personal Experiences, Faith or Belief. i accept that Sometimes Faith is also Blind. Here is already Practical explanation which already proved that every`1 else in this world is nothing more then Busy Foolish and totally idiot.
    every `1 is already Blind in this world and if you will follow another Blind then you both will fall in hole. so try to follow that person who have Spiritual Eyes who can Guide you on Actual Right Path. ( my Authority & Guide is my Spiritual Master " Srila Prabhupada " )
    if you want to see Actual Purpose of human life then see this link : ( {Bookmark it })
    read it complete. ( i promise only readers of this book that they { he/she } will get every single answer which they want to know about why im in this material world, who im, what will happen after this life, what is best thing which will make Human Life Perfect, and what is perfection of Human Life. ) purpose of human life is not to live like animal cuz every`1 at present time doing 4 thing which are sleeping, eating, sex & fear. purpose of human life is to become freed from Birth after birth, Old Age, Disease, and Death.

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