PS If you ask what sort of things can happen from flaunting it, here is an example, (this message was sent out by fauna)
FaunaClassifieds members, this email is to inform you of a bill in NY that if
passed will have detrimental effects on reptile breeders, commercial supply
businesses and hobbyists alike. This bill has passed the assembly and the senate
within New York and is currently setting on the Governors desk awaiting his
signature to become law. He may sign off on it this week or may wait several
months to make his decision it is imperative that we act NOW! If this bill
passes they way it is currently written, it will be an all out ban on boas,
pythons, monitors, crocodilians and venomous species of reptiles. There is a
clause that says the state may grant permission for a permit to keep and
maintain any animals listed within this bill as pets only, if you owned them
prior to this bill which will take effect January of 2005 if we donít stop it.
In other words if you own any animals listed within this bill and apply for a
permit to keep them, IF they grant you this permit you may never breed them, you
are allowed to maintain them as pets only. I live outside of the state of NY and
am trying to rally everyone outside and within I can but I need you to do the
same. The governor and his office will put more priority on the concerns of
their residents then they will on people such as myself. Perhaps you know
someone in New York who is not aware of this threat, and your help is needed to
contact them about this.
I urge each and everyone of you to please get as active as you can. Post fliers
within pets stores, get your friends to write in, call your local
representatives, contact any kind of business within the state of NY that sells
reptiles or supplies. These businesses have detailed mailing list, ask them to
ad a flier next time their mailer goes out. Anything you can think of to spread
the word. Also please tell everyone to keep their letters professional and
polite we donít want to sound like a bunch of thugs. Below are three methods to
contact the Governor and oppose this bill. If you have the time I urge you to
use all three methods.
This law if passed will snowball through other states. A couple years ago NYC
passed a law that banned many species of animals(reptile, mammals etc.). Last
year Chicago copied and tried to pass that very same law as well. They literally
copied it, Chicago deleted references to NYC and replaced them with Chicago, in
a couple of spots the forgot to remove the references to NYC. SO this ordinance
they were trying to pass in Chicago had references to both cities within it. For
the time being we stopped them there but thatís just an example of how one state
or city does something and the rest follow.
Hereís a link to the Bill
Hereís a link to email your opposition to the Governor
Snail Mail address
Governor George E. Pataki
Albany, NY 12224
Use the below phone number, tell them you are calling in reference to bill
A02684. Youíll then be asked for you zip code, once given the person will log
your vote into a computer.
Below I have copied and pasted the text concerning reptiles please see the link
above for the full version.
ď5) ALL REPTILES THAT ARE VENOMOUS BY NATURE, PURSUANT TO DEPARTMENT
22 REGULATION, AND THE FOLLOWING SPECIES AND FAMILIES: BOIDAE FAMILY,
23 ASIATIC (WATER) MONITOR (V. SALVATOR), NILE MONITOR (V. NILOCITUS),
24 WHITE THROAT MONITOR (V. ALBIGULARUS), BLACK THROAT MONITOR (V. ALBIGU-
25 LARUS IONIDES) AND CROCODILE MONITOR (V. SALVADORI) AND ANY HYBRID THER-
27 (6) CROCODILIA.Ē
Thank you for your time!
Illinois Resident pulling for the New Yorkers.
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