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There is still an ever present movement in the government to ban non-native livestock, be they reptiles, tropical fish, insects (your roaches), and others. The keystone to thier legal strategy is to start with the most commonly bred non native reptiles- snakes, pythons in particular. You may or may not be familiar with the ban on AGB millipedes, which was just a first step in this direction.

As a group we have to support the movement against this legislation in order to protect our hobby down the line- which is not that far away.

Here is a copy of the info. Make the calls and send the emails urgently!

I have sent you a copy below of a vital alert from USARK - The United States Association of Reptile Keepers. If passed as is, the trade in all pythons will be over. This includes Ball Pythons. Please call and fax the congressmen and congresswomen below today.

Thank You, Tom Crutchfield.

www.tomcrutchfield.com

tomcrutchfield1@aol.com

239-645-9661

usark.org

United States Association of Reptile Keepers

CALL DAY 7/27/09- Stop Ban On ALL Pythons Nationwide!

There seems to be some confusion in the Reptile Nation about what is going on here. HR2811 if passed would Ban ALL Pythons Nationwide. This is NOT a Florida bill. It is in the US House of Representatives. This is NOT about Burmese Pythons. IT IS ABOUT ALL PYTHONS!... from Ball Pythons on up... ALL PYTHONS!!! If HR2811 passes the House and Senate as written, the trade in ALL PYTHONS IS OVER!!

Our only chance is to get the bill amended. It is going to get voted on in subcommittee on Tuesday and the full House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. If we are unable to get it amended it will include ALL PYTHONS!

USARK is calling on the entire Reptile nation to turn out for a MASSIVE calling day tomorrow, Monday July 27, 2009!!! If we fail, the ability to work with ANY Python will be devastated. Don't let this happen. We owe it to our children and future generations to be able to enjoy these animals! This is the most fantastic hobby and profession there is. DO NOT LET IT DIE!

Phone & Fax Campaign July 27, 2009: This is not a full list of the House Judiciary Committee. We will focus only on key members.

SCRIPT: My name is...... I want to register a NO on HR2811. If passed as written this bill will destroy thousands of families and small businesses. There is not a shred of scientific evidence to support banning all of the different species in the genus python. Not all pythons are the same. There are many different species. Please amend the bill to address only the IMPORT of the Burmese Python. Thank you for your consideration.

Sponsor and Key Members:

Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Sponsor

Washington DC: phone 202-225-4506; fax 202-226-0777

Miami: phone 305-690-5905; fax 305-690-5951

Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-5792; fax 202-225-3132

Punta Gorda: phone 941-575-9101; fax 941-575-9103

Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-3001; fax 202-225-5974

Boca Raton: phone 561-988-6302; fax 561-988-6423

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-7931; fax 202-226-2052

Pembroke Pines: phone 954-437-3936; fax 954-437-4776

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) Committee Chair

Washington DC: phone 202-225-5126; fax 202-225-0072

Detroit: phone 313-961-5670; fax 313-226-2085

EMAIL: john.conyers@mail.house.gov

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) Ranking Member

Washington DC: phone 202-225-4236; fax 202-225-8628

San Antonio: phone 210-821-5024; fax 210-821-5947

Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-4695; fax 202-225-3196

Van Nuys: phone 818-994-7200; fax 818-994-1050

Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-3861; fax 202-225-0442

Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-3065; fax 202-225-8611

Greensboro: phone 336-333-5005; fax: 336-333-5048

Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-6365; fax 202-226-1170

Chesapeake: 757-382-0080; fax 757-382-0780

Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-4576; fax: 202-225-6328

Glendale: phone 623-776-7911; fax: 623-776-7832

Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-CA)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-5811; fax 202-225-1100

Thousand Oaks: phone 805-497-2224; Toll Free: (800) 423-0023; fax 805-497-0039

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Washington DC: phone 202-225-5635

New York: phone 212-367-7350

CALL, CALL, CALL!!! Our Future Depends On It! Make an avalanche of calls and bury HR2811!

Click here to donate $10 with dollar for dollar matching from Zoo Med

http://usark.org/donate.php

THIS MUST BE BIG!!! SPREAD THE WORD FOR MONDAY July 27th 2009!!!!!!

usark.org

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