|Federal Ass Hattery
||[Apr. 18th, 2009|12:59 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
As a good chunk of my f-list lives outside the US o A, they won't affected by a particularly brilliant sodding piece of legislation in the House of Representatives currently, name HR669, The Invasive Species Act. So I am doing something highly unusual for me, posting public.
Nevermind that it would cripple a multi billion dollar industry at a time when our economy is already reeling, nevermind that it would cause everyday ordinary citizens to become "criminals", nevermind that it has NO, ZIP, ZERO, NADA quantifiable benefit with a huge quantifiable amount of harm, it was proposed by a legislator SO IT MUST BE GOOD. The proposer is the Delegate from Guam, Del. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU].
This brilliant bit of legislation is so f***ing broad and ill thought out, it's almost unbelievable. If it isn't on the following list, it is not approved, and it's a damn short list, you cannot:
1)Buy or sell it
3)Transport it across state lines even if you have a grandfathered animal, if you move.
4)Even if it does somehow make it onto the list, it will be unmailable.(A common practice for serious fish breeders)
any cat (Felis catus)
cattle or oxen (Bos taurus)
chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)
dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
donkey or ass (Equus asinus)
domesticated members of the family Anatidae (geese)
duck (domesticated Anas spp.)
goat (Capra aegagrus hircus)
goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)
horse (Equus caballus)
llama (Lama glama)
mule or hinny (Equus caballus x E. asinus)
pig or hog (Sus scrofa domestica)
domesticated varieties of rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
sheep (Ovis aries)
or any other species or variety of species that is determined by the Secretary to be common and clearly domesticated.
Hamsters aren't there, guinea pigs, parakeets, parrots, nope. Bettas, guppies, ball pythons(max length 6 feet), chameleons, bearded dragons, canaries, nope. Not approved. With the exception of dogs, cats, goldfish and maybe rabbits depending on zoning laws, these are farm animals.
How many "fish only" stores are in your local area? How many do you think can survive selling only goldfish? Almost all tropical fish are imported or bred from imported stock. Most lizards kept in the US are the same. How many "Mop and Pop" pet stores will go belly up if this passes? Chain stores? How many jobs will it cost? It will be illegal to breed GUPPIES for crying out loud.
What crap. If you live in the US, call and write your Representatives. Keep it clean, one curse word and any points you made or would have made after that go out the window. The bill is in committee, let's make sure it never makes it out. I've written every Representative in my state, and my Senators, just in case this garbage gets out of the House. This Monday is National Call In Day, let's flood their phone lines. Let them know we think this is one of the worst bills ever written.