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  • Date Submitted: 02/08/2010 11:50 AM
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Say No to H.R.-669

H.R.-669 stands for House Resolution 669 and is titled "The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act". This is a bill currently before Congress that if passed will change the way that the US Government classifies animal species that are not native to the United States. H.R.-669 will make it illegal to breed and sell many animals that are very common in the pet trade. Its supporters would have you believe that it was designed to prevent the introduction and establishment of nonnative wildlife species negatively impacting the economy, environment, or human or animal species' health. H.R.-669 is an "anti-animal bill". There is no amendment that can fix this bill. H.R.-669 will hurt everyone who owns an animal.

Does The H.R.-669 affect you? I own fifty plus ball pythons that I breed and ship them all over the United States. If this bill goes through it will not only put me out of a job, I also could be brought up on charges for every snake I own. Do you own a non-native animal as a pet? Anyone with pet fish, birds, reptiles, or small mammals will be affected. What about Pet Smart, Petco, or the little mom & pop pet store in your neighborhood? Any company selling product or services for pet fish, birds, reptiles or small mammals will be affected, Including zoos, and vets. Pet Smart alone employs twenty thousand people nationwide. Would they be impacted by this bill? Pet owners support the concept of a risk based approach to non-native imports, unfortunately H.R.-669 does not provide a constructive way forward. This bill will affect millions of pet owners across the United States by turning them into criminals. Even common farm animals such as alpacas and peacocks would be outlawed. Time is short. Congress held a hearing on April 23, and pet owners across the United States need to act now!

This bill is not supported by any scientific data. There is a study made by the University of Texas stating that invasive species...

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