No on FWS Python Rule; BAD for American Small Business & Families Facing Economic Hardship.

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No on FWS Python Rule; BAD for American Small Business & Families Facing Economic Hardship.

Many have NOT sent their letters to President Obama and Congress Opposing the PYTHON BAN! If you care anything about this industry and hobby you will take action NOW! It is rumored that Interior Secretary Salazar will be grandstanding down in the Everglades next week in order to try and gain momentum for his beleaguered Constrictor Rule. HSUS and Defenders of Wildlife have spent countless thousands of dollars to lobby on behalf of the rule. USARK does not have the money to buy the kind of influence that these powerful special interests do. What we do have is Science, The Truth, and thousands of passionate members. A recent poll by the Palm Beach Post indicated that 86% of respondents were against the Python Ban. We need an unprecedented groundswell of grass roots letter writing. Obama needs to understand that there are millions of us representing a $1.4 billion industry with more than $103 million at stake with the Constrictor Rule. SEND YOUR LETTERS NOW!!!

US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has a proposed rule being considered by the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB). This is the final stage of the rule making process. This rule, if enacted, would ban the import and interstate transport of nine constricting snakes; Burmese python, Northern & Southern African pythons, Reticulated python, all four Anacondas, and Boa constrictor. This rule has been called the "Constrictor Rule". All of these constrictors would be added to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act. If this were to happen more than 1 million American citizens could be subject to felony prosecution under the Lacey Act. It is the job of OMB to weigh the purported benefits of the rule against the economic impacts. It is also their duty to assure the rule has been given due process under the Administrative Procedures Act, Information Quality Act and all pertinent Executive Orders. USARK has created a clear public record that FWS has failed at every level to make their case for this rule. According to emails obtained by USARK it appears that staff at FWS colluded with staff at the US Geological Survey (USGS) to manufacture "science" to support this rule making after the decision had already been made to pursue a Lacey Act listing. Further, FWS grossly underestimated the economic impact. USGS has justified their flawed "science" by saying they were not required to adhere to information quality standards for science used to support the rule because the rule did not meet the standard for a major rule making ($100 million). An economic assessment of the Modern Reptile Industry commissioned by USARK, and done by Georgetown Economic Services, has since debunked USGS claims by asserting that the rule could have impact in excess of $103 million. USARK believes the actions of FWS and USGS in regards to the Constrictor Rule are arbitrary, capricious and potentially unlawful.

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I have 2 Ball Pythons, both are rescues. 1 was due to the fact that the owner could no longer take care of it, and it was abused at some time in it's life, it had 1 of it's hooks used for mating torn out, abruptly, it was starving, and very low weight. If it weren't for me it would have either died or worse been turned loose out into the wild. Which is bad for the ecosystem.

The other is a baby, no older than 8 weeks old. It was at a pet store, that shall remain unnamed due to them being extremely nice to me. This baby, was being seen by a vet and is having issues eating, and has stitches in its neck, due to some inexperienced vet, that when they were giving a shot, they went right through the neck, and seriously hurt this defenseless animal. It can't eat unless force fed, and it must be force fed more often than eating on it's own, due to possible malnutrition.

My point is this, we need more proper education, and if it weren't for me stepping up and rescuing these defenseless animals who knows where they would be.
Who does he think he is, a god damned dictator? Pythons are not endangered or anything, what makes this important to him?? Next he'll outlaw Chinese checkers and green shoes just because he feels like it. WORST PRESIDENT EVER!!!
I have had reptiles for over 40 years and not one has ever gotten out of my house or been set loose. Don't make us all pay for a few bad apples.
I think it is ludicrous that a simple fear of a misunderstood class of animals is earning a ban. I am letting you know I fully stand against any ban of any kind that would not allow a true freedom of a hobby I've enjoyed for over 30 years.