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LAST CHANCE: KILL WV SB477

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Posted by: EricWI at Tue Mar 6 07:40:39 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by EricWI ]  
   

SB477 is in the WV House Judiciary Committee. THIS MAY BE OUR LAST CHANCE TO KILL SB477! Please call and email committee members. If you did not take action in the House Natural Resources Committee, you can not afford to procrastinate. DO THIS TODAY! Send a return email to let us know you have done your part! Phone campaign info is below. Underneath phone campaign is email campaign. Let's shut down SB477 TODAY!

PHONE CALL CAMPAIGN:
We need everyone to TELEPHONE CALL the state house and register your opposition to SB477.

Sample script:

Unlike traditional pets and livestock, Reptiles have NEVER presented a public safety risk.
Tropical reptiles cannot survive in WV, and DO NOT represent any invasive species risk.
Reptile Industry is a $15 million annual business in WV. Thousands of people and hundreds of jobs rely on this non-traditional agricultural pursuit.
These bills will hurt me and my family with no measurable benefit to the State of WV.
SB477 has been rushed through the process with minimal input from stakeholders.
No on SB477

Judiciary Committee

Delegate Miley
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3252
Business Phone: (304) 326-1800
E-mail: tim.miley@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Hunt
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3392
Business Phone: (304) 344-1800
E-mail: mhunt@markahunt.com

Delegate Ellem
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3394
Business Phone: (304) 424-5297
E-mail: john.ellem@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Lane
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3275
Business Phone: (304) 545-5263
E-mail: patrick.lane@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Barker
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3149
Business Phone: (304) 340-3149
E-mail: larry.barker@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Brown
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3106
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: bonnie.brown@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Doyle
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3184
Business Phone: (304) 876-1648
E-mail: johndoyle@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Ferro
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3111
Business Phone: (304) 340-3111
E-mail: mike.ferro@wvhouse.gov
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3169
Business Phone: (304) 296-7035
E-mail: barbaraf@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Frazier
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3396
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: john.frazier@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Longstreth
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3124
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: linda.longstreth@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Manchin
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3166
Business Phone: (304) 367-1862
E-mail: tmanchin@manchininjurylaw.com

Delegate Mannypenny
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3139
Business Phone: (304) 677-0379
E-mail: mike.manypenny@wvhouse.gov

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3340
Business Phone: (304) 538-6881
E-mail: harold@hardynet.com

Delegate Moore
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3189
Business Phone: (304) 436-8569
E-mail: clif.moore@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Pino
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3170
Business Phone: (304) 469-3295
E-mail: john.pino@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Poore
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3248
Business Phone: (304) 720-0764
E-mail: meshea.poore@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Walker
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3135
Business Phone: (304) 340-3135
E-mail: david.walker@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Wells
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3287
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: danny.wells@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Hamilton
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3167
Business Phone: (304) 472-1532
E-mail: bill.hamilton@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Ireland
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3195
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: woody.ireland@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Miller
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3147
Business Phone: (304) 283-5975
E-mail: jonathan@delegatejmiller.com

Delegate Oneal

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3164
Business Phone: (304) 894-8445
E-mail: john.oneal@wvhouse.gov





Delegate Overington

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3148
Business Phone: (304) 274-1791
E-mail: john@overington.com





Delegate Sobonya

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3175
Business Phone: (304) 736-6655
E-mail: kelli.sobonya@wvhouse.gov




EMAIL CAMPAIGN:




Sample Letter:




Subject Line: No on SB477




Delegate Mannypenny and Committee Members,

As a resident/stakeholder in the West Virginia reptile community I appreciate your concern for public safety and environmental protection. However, your proposed bill is far too over reaching in regards to reptiles. Who ever assisted in the construction of the bill doesn't understand the natural history, captive husbandry nor the economics of reptiles in WV. Most of these animals are tropical in nature and cannot survive the cold temperatures that prevail 3 seasons of the year in our state. The idea that these animals pose an invasive species threat to WV natural resources is unsupportable by fact. Additionally, these animals have never posed a public safety threat in WV or elsewhere.

The reptile industry represents $15 million annually in commerce in West Virginia. Thousands make their living in this State because of this business. To cavalierly destroy this non-traditional agricultural interest because of a fundamental lack of understanding is unacceptable. As written, this bill will hurt me and my family. It is bad idea to kill jobs in this kind of economy.

Working with certain reptiles entails a moderate occupational risk, but historically and statistically, reptiles represent virtually zero public safety risk. Dogs account for 35 deaths a year in this country (a dozen in 2012 to date). Captive reptiles less than one per year. Traditional livestock and pets have proven much more of a public safety risk than reptiles. According to US Fish & Wildlife and US Geological Services studies, the rare event of a death as the result of a captive reptile falls into the category of occupational hazard. There is no record whatsoever of a captive reptile creating any measurable risk to the public... NEVER!




SB477 has been rushed through the legislative process with minimal stakeholder input.

Neighboring Virginia has already seen the wisdom in reconsidering such an ill advised bill. Please remove ALL reptiles from SB477. Thank you.

Thank you.




Email List for House Natural Resources Committee: (if emails bounce slightly change subject line keeping SB477; or try sending to addresses one at a time)


tim.miley@wvhouse.gov
mhunt@markahunt.com
john.ellem@wvhouse.gov
patrick.lane@wvhouse.gov
larry.barker@wvhouse.gov
bonnie.brown@wvhouse.gov
johndoyle@wvhouse.gov
mike.ferro@wvhouse.gov
barbaraf@wvhouse.gov
john.frazier@wvhouse.gov
linda.longstreth@wvhouse.gov
tmanchin@manchininjurylaw.com
mike.manypenny@wvhouse.gov
harold@hardynet.com
clif.moore@wvhouse.gov
john.pino@wvhouse.gov
meshea.poore@wvhouse.gov
david.walker@wvhouse.gov
danny.wells@wvhouse.gov
woody.ireland@wvhouse.gov
jonathan@delegatejmiller.com
john.oneal@wvhouse.gov
john@overington.com
kelli.sobonya@wvhouse.gov


   

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