ATTENTION ALL PET OWNERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU IN WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia is subject to an absolutely ridiculous pet ban. I am at a loss for what I should say as I’m absolutely shocked at this proposed list. Keep in mind this is the second list proposed with nothing taken off, only things added.
Say goodbye to your pufferfish, triggerfish, tetras, corydoras, ferrets, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, turtles, tortoises, salamanders, frogs, toads, and so much more if this list doesn’t change.
There are a million and one reasons why this law in insane, including:
- There is no definition of what is considered “domestic” and what isn’t on the bill
- They are banning entire orders, not just individual species
- This has been considered a “living document”, meaning that the list can be changed at any time without public input
- Pet stores will ultimately have to be shut down, putting people of out jobs and causing them to loose their businesses
- Yes the bill provides for a permit to keep animals already owned prior to the bill, but there is no way any average pet owner will be able to afford or maintain the permit
- The permit fees associated with this act will not cover even a small percentage of the millions of dollars that West Virginia will spend to implement these regulation
- This bill was suppose to be set in place to regulate DANGEROUS animals. This law is literally called the “Dangerous Animals Act.” The lawmakers literally lied to the public about the intentions of the bills, saying that it would only ban:
”Constrictor snakes greater than six feet, and venomous snakes; Alligators and caimans; Bears; Big cats; Canids; Primates”
And that doesn’t even cover how it’s going to effect the pet trade in WV. Here are a few quotes from USARK and some people who run Specialty Pets, a local pet store in Nitro, WV.
- Similar legislation in Ohio led to a $2,900,000 temporary-housing facility for animals that could not be kept by responsible owners.
- This law will cost West Virginia millions of dollars more to implement than the money raised from permits.
- A proper fiscal estimate should be presented before hastily passing a law that will cost the state millions of dollars.
- Money has been spent since the bill was passed in Ohio on June 6, 2012 by the state and legislators who are still making changes to the law.
- Caging requirements have still not been finalized in Ohio, over 18 months after the law passed.
- The new law led to millions of dollars invested by Ohio, and West Virginia HB 4393 is very similar.
- Additional financial hardships will be placed on pet owners by requiring costly permits and may force them to surrender, or even release, their beloved pets
- The newly-created “Dangerous Wild Animal Board” will review species annually so pet owners must constantly be concerned with their pets being added as a “dangerous wild animal.””
More can be read from USARK here: http://usark.org/2014-blog/west-virginia-hb-4393-update/
West Virginia Reptile Watch:
“How will the law affect the aquarium industry in WV?
AQUARIUM TRADE IMPACT of just a small sample of the proposed list for the Dangerous Wild Animal Law in WV and recommendations for clarification.
Order: Characiformes (piranha fish, tiger fish)
- This Order includes about 2000 fish particularly every tetra fish in the aquarium hobby.
- This is far to broad and needs to be narrowed down to individual species the board wishes to ban.
Order Siluriformes (candiru catfish, walking catfish)
- This invariably will include all plecos, algae eaters, cory cats all harmless tropical ornamental and all other cat fish in the aquarium trade
- This needs to be revised to include the EXACT target species that the board is trying to ban.
Order Tetraodontiformes (trigger fish, file fish, puffer fish)
(These species present health (toxin) and safety risks to humans or have invasive abilities that threaten native fish populations. )
- Invasion is impossible as trigger fish, file fish and puffer fish are marine animals as WV is no where near a saltwater body there is no threat. The toxins mentioned must be ingested “Certain internal organs, such as liver, and sometimes the skin, contain tetrodotoxin and are highly toxic to most animals when eaten; nevertheless, the meat of some species is considered a delicacy in Japan, Korea, and China when prepared by specially trained chefs who know which part is safe to eat and in what quantity. “
Family Gobiidae (Goby family)
The main article for this category is Gobiidae.
- The gobies are a family (the Gobiidae) of freshwater and marine ray-finned fish belonging to order Perciformes. This category consists of articles on genera and species in the goby family.
- Saltwater is invariably and likely unintentional in this proposed ban list due to the fact that the ORDER of certain species were addressed and not the actual animal or species that was intended for the ban.
- All marine life on this list needs to be excluded as there is NO realistic threat or risk of invasion applicable. Species listed in the proposed ban represent NO threat to the ecology or health of anyone in WV and make up a massive percentage of the pet aquarium trade.
By including harmless aquatic and ornamental pet fish both fresh water and marine, this law will be forcing ALL pet stores out of business and will remove billions of dollars in tax income and revenue from this state.
Say Good by to your pet shops WV
The pet trade is a massive income for the state and it generates millions of dollars for the state. Pet Shops can not exist without having the ability to sell common safe ornamental fish and invertebrates, the very same animals sold the world over that have caused no damage to anyone or anything. The inclusion of the above fresh water and marine fish is completely unwarranted and is a knee jerk reaction to buzz words such as “poisonous” as in the case of the puffer fish. The puffer fish in and of itself is not “venomous” if it bites you it has no venom , if you however kill and eat its liver it can be poisonous. I have never heard of anyone buying a puffer from a local fish shop and eating it, its absurd to even consider The trigger and puffer much like the tetra are in the wrong “order” that is the real issue. They are trying to ban two or three fish and think that all fish in the order must be as dangerous as the two or three that they really want banned. The list is to far reaching and based up on complete speculation and worst case scenarios, it needs to be revised with a more balanced approach or West Virginia will lose every pet shop , and pet retailer including Walmart and all secondary outlets for such animals. This will cause a severe impact on the state economy the likes of which no one can truly imagine.”
PLEASE REBLOG AND SIGNAL BOOST THIS!!!!
I know there isn’t much that can be done from a reblog on a website, but I wan’t everyone to know what is happening here and what can happen in every state if the pet community underestimates pet ban laws, the HSUS, PETA, and other “animal rights” organizations that pay lawmakers to ban animals.