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Public Comment USFWS Rule Change

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Posted by: Jonathan_Brady at Fri Apr 16 22:29:21 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Jonathan_Brady ]  
   

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Public Comment USFWS Rule Change
The following are guidelines from USARK to the Reptile Nation on “How to” make an effective and highly impactful public comment on the USFWS proposed ‘Rule Change’.
If enacted ‘Rule Change’ could add 4 pythons, 4 anacondas and Boa constrictor to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act. It is very important that your public comment be thoughtful and pertinent. During the Notice of Inquiry in 2008 only 115 public comments out of approximately 1500 were used because most failed to answer what was asked by USFWS.

USARK Recommendations on Making Public Comment:

1. Do Not plead for your animals and write how unfair this is.
2. Do Not give your political philosophy or your feelings about government regulation.
3. There is a list of questions that should be addressed if you have the knowledge to address them. Look for USARK suggestions in italics. Answer only questions you feel comfortable and knowledgeable on.
4. Be thoughtful and as original as possible with your comments.
5. Comment on the effectiveness of using the Lacey Act.
6. Give alternatives to Lacey Act. (such as USARK Industry Best Management Practices...USARK Accreditation)
7. Comment on the unprecedented nature of listing animals that are so widely held by American public. (use the word ‘unprecedented’)
8. Unintended consequences of reducing the value of as many as 2 million animals to $0 overnight. What will happen to animals that owners can no longer afford to care for?
9. The fact that USFWS has done such a poor job making their scientific and economic case has created a highly controversial situation. Many credible scientists, economists and industry leaders disagree with USFWS. (use the word ‘controversial’)
10. Comment on the economic impact on you and your family.

Click here to make public comment: www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480abc25c

USFWS Questions to be Answered by Public Comment:

(1) What regulations does your State have pertaining to the use, transport, or production of any of the nine constrictor snakes? What are relevant Federal, State, or local rules that may duplicate, overlap, or conflict with the proposed rule?
(2) How many of the nine constrictor snakes species are currently in production for wholesale or retail sale, and in how many and which States? (Burmese python, reticulated python, northern African python, yellow anaconda, green anaconda and Boa constrictor. Which ones are in your state?)
(3) How many businesses (do you?) sell one or more of the nine constrictor snake species?
(4) How many businesses (do you?) breed one or more of the nine constrictor snake species?
(5) What are the annual sales (your sales) for each of the nine constrictor snake species?
(6) How many, if any, of the nine constrictor snake species are permitted within each State? (are they banned in your state?)
(7) What would it cost to eradicate individuals or populations of the nine constrictor snakes, or similar species, if found? What methods are effective? (unless you are in south Florida $0, because there is NO evidence they can live in your state)
(8) What are the costs of implementing propagation, recovery, and restoration programs for native species that are affected by the nine constrictor snake species, or similar species? (unless you are in south Florida $0, because there is NO evidence they can live in your state)
(9) What State threatened or endangered species would be impacted by the introduction of any of the nine constrictor snake species? (unless you are in south Florida NONE, because there is NO evidence they can live in your state)
(10) What species have been impacted, and how, by any of the nine constrictor snake species? (unless you are in south Florida NONE, because there is NO evidence they can live in your state)
(11) What provisions in the proposed rule should the Service consider with regard to:
(a) The impact of the provision(s) (including any benefits and costs), if any, and
(b) What alternatives, if any, the Service should consider, as well as the costs and benefits of those alternatives, paying specific attention to the effect of the rule on small entities?
(12) How could the proposed rule be modified to reduce any costs or burdens for small entities consistent with the Service’s requirements? (allow for interstate trade in captive bred animals to continue)
(13) Why we should or should not include hybrids of the nine constrictor species analyzed in this rule, and if the hybrids possess the same biological characteristics as the parent species.

USARK is Investing Thousands of Dollar$ Challenging 'Rule Change'

• We Hired an Independent Economist to do an Economic assessment of the Industry.
• We Hired an Attorney in anticipation of the need to file a lawsuit against USFWS.
• We are doing extensive scientific research to counter the poor work USGS has done.

****Please go to USARK.org to donate and help us pay for Challenging Rule Change!****

There Is Strength in Numbers... Protect Your Rights! We can win this fight!!
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What's written above is purely my opinion. In fact, MOST of what you read on the internet is someone's opinion. Don't take it too seriously

Jonathan Brady
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