Friday, April 17, 2009

So Now they want your Pets too??? H.R. 669

Hearing Slated For Nonnative Species Ban

On April 23, 2009, a hearing is scheduled on H.R. 669, a ban on nonnative species.

A Congressional subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for legislation that could effectively ban ownership of thousands of nonnative species in the United States, including most reptiles, birds, fish and several mammals (hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and ferrets) commonly kept as pets.

The legislation currently exempts dogs, cats, horses, goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus) and a variety of farm animals, all of which are also not native to the United States.

The House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife has scheduled a hearing on House Resolution 669 for April 23, 2009.

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