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First Annual Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium & Workshop
September 28-30, 2012 - Houston, Texas
Crowne Plaza Houston Northwest - 12801 Northwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77040
Presented in partnership by NRAAC, PIJAC, ARAV, and the East Texas Herpetological Society

The Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium & Workshop will include two days of panels, workshops, breakout sessions and talks with the goal of bringing all parties interested in reptiles and amphibians and the law to the table, to discuss changes and issues with current and proposed reptile and amphibian laws and regulations at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the concurrent East Texas Herpetological Symposium and Expo event at the same facility, which includes a Saturday symposium, banquet, and auction, and a Sunday reptile expo.

This event is being organized by a loose working group of people interested in reptiles and amphibians and the law, called the National Reptile Amphibian Advisory Council (NRAAC), with the assistance of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians and the East Texas Herp Society. If you are interested in participating in this discussion, or possibly assisting/volunteering/participating in this event, please register below, and also join our working group on Facebook, or/and send an email.

This event is open to all parties with an interest in reptiles, amphibians, and the law, including but not limited to:

Reptile Owners & Hobbyists
Reptile Breeders & Businesses
Reptile Rescues & Wildlife Rehab Ctrs
Pet Stores
Zoological Institutions
Primary & Secondary Educational Institutions
Colleges & Universities
Local Animal Control Agencies
State Fish & Wildlife/Dept. of Natural Resources
Other State Agencies
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Dept of Agriculture/APHIS
Other Federal Agencies
TRAFFIC & Other Organizations

Panelists include:

Dr. Michael Murphy - Dept of Health and Human Services/Food & Drug Administration
Susan Jewell - Injurious Wildlife Listing Coordinator, United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Craig Hoover - Chief, Branch of Operations, United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Amneris Siaca - Permit Biologist, Branch of Permits, United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Brad Wendt - Supervisory Wildlife Inspector, United States Fish & Wildlife Service
James Hampton - Special Agent, Law Enforcement, United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Dr. Elliott Jacobson - Association Reptile Amphibian Veterinarians / University of Florida
Andrew G. Gluesenkamp - Ph.D.Herpetologist Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Megan Russell - Wildlife Permits Specialist Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Captain Linda Harrison - Division of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Scott Hardin - Biologist, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
Dr. Jennifer Wright - Center For Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Edward Wozniak - Zoonosis Control Division, Texas Department of State Health Services
Ken Foose - President, International Herp Symposium, President, Southern Nevada Herp Society
Cindy Steinle - Vice President, Chicago Herpetological Society, Owner, Small Scale Rescue
Carole H. Allen - Gulf Office Director, Sea Turtle Restoration Project
Dr. Dante Fenolio - Conservation Scientist, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gerald Keown - Executive Director, Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research
Michael Maddox - Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
Gina Distledorf - Board of Directors, East Texas Herpetological Society
Doug Hotle - Curator of Herpetology, Albuquerque Biological Park
Jeff Barringer - Founder, President, Kingsnake.com
Robroy McInnes - President, Glades Herp Farm Inc.
Marc Cantos - Florida Reptile Industry, Owner, The Turtle Source
Ty Park - Lasco Inc., Owner, Ty's Lizards
Glen Jacobsen - Attorney, World Chelonian Trust, Minnesota Herp Society
Karim Daoues - Director, La Ferme Tropicale


Schedule
Friday, September 28 - Day 1

8am - Invasive/Injurious Species
10am - What Is The Lacey Act and its Role
12pm - Lunch Break
1pm - International Laws/CITES - Import/Export
3pm - Endangered Species
5pm - Dinner Break

Saturday, September 29 - Day 2

8am - State Laws - Native Species
9am - Breakout Session - European Import/Export Laws
10am - State Laws - Non-Native Species
12pm - Lunch Break
1pm - Reptile Parasites/Diseases/Pathogens and the Law
3pm - Private Reptile Ownership, Ethics, and the Law
4pm - Summary, Conclusions, Planning for 2013
5pm - Dinner Break

Sunday, September 30 - Day 3

11am - 4pm - Field Trip - ETHS Expo



To Register

Although the Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium & Workshop is FREE and open to anyone, we do ask that you register so we can make sure our logistics match the number of projected attendees. When registering, please make sure to let us know whether you are interested in working at the actual event in Houston on September 28-30, 2012, or would like to be a panelist, by filling in the appropriate check boxes on the registration form online. An NRAAC volunteer will contact you after registration to confirm your info and answer any questions you may have about the event.

To register online for the Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium & Workshop
please register at http://nraac.org/register/
http://nraac.org/register


   

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