As we all know the reptile community and industry is under constant attack by anti-pet and government organizations large and small. As many of you know, I have been struggling with my own problems with local animal control and today I’m proud to say that the longest two months of my life is finally over and we have prevailed! I want to take a chance and give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported me and my family. Thank you to the Hoosier Herp Society and USARK for their ongoing support. It comes from the bottom of my heart when I say it means the world just to have people there who understand and unselfishly step up and help in any way that they can. There is in no way I can ever repay you and those people know who they are. It is imperative that we fight small fights as well as the big ones. At some point they meet in the middle and at that meeting point is the end of the reptile nation. Support USARK, support your local herp societies and support each other! We only have one another and every voice counts! Let’s fight the good fight and keep the private ownership and captive breeding of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids alive. Passion will trump ignorance every time. Jay Brewer said to me that “no matter what happens, don’t let it change who you are.” And we will always have that. We are a unique breed born with a love for these animals. It’s who we are, and they can never take that away. - Chris Young
Brief history: Chris and his family had several reptiles seized from their home unjustly by local animal control officials. The above is a very recent update and we are very glad to report that Chris has been successful in his fight.
Herp Community Good Samaritan
Reptile Super Show Recap
$2000+ : Reptile Super Show, Hardy Reptiles
$750+: Herp Nation Media, NoCo Reptiles
$500+ : Mist King, Heather's Herps, Layne Labs, Zoo Med, Serpents of the Damned, SoCal Constrictors
$200+ : 480 Pythons, Kammerflage Kreations, DartFrogConnection.com, Superior Balls & Dragons, South Mountain Reptiles, J & M Cages, Exo Terra, S.C.H.A.&R., Rick Sims, South Bay Tropical
$100+ : Hyper Reptiles, Dynamic Reptiles, DM Exotics, Pacific Coast Reptiles, World Serpent Exotics, SanTan Reptiles, Crested Mania, Carpy's Boas and Corns, TSK Supply, Jeff Luman Reptiles, Goss Reptiles, A.I.R. Exotics, JungleBox.net, Ecco Geckos, Amazing Blue Reptiles, Millipedes and More, FL Chams, DubiaRoaches.com, Rainbow Mealworms, Sticky Tongue Farms, Greathouse Farm, Tortoise Breeders, Michael Dee, Keith Morris, Bob Dole (aka Darren Polchow), Acrylic Reptile Cages, SLO Gecko, Reptile Avenue, Glo Gecko, Mike's Phat Frogs, Geckos Etc., Gex Wear
Other Contributions: Castles for Reptiles, Sandfire Dragon Ranch, GiantGeckos.com (Philippe de Vosjoli), F.U.I.B. Pets, Brother Boas, Sensational Pets, Paramount Pet Entertainment, Rising Sun Reptiles, Aqua Zamp, DIY Cages, Superior Shipping Supplies, Project Reptile, D & D Herps, Reptile Odyssey, Dubi Deli, KP's Critters, Black Panther Zoological, Serpent Stick, Zilla, Myke Clarkson, Jenny Lee, Scālz Fine Art, Armstrong Cricket Ranch
Auction Sponsor: The Reptile Super Show
Volunteers: Erin Sloan, Katy Bugler, Lupe, Isaiah, Carlos, Jason (SCHA&R), Erin Korec, Hannah, Bella, Reiner, Rebecca Clarkson, Heather, Kim, Nate
Thank you all for your support! Please let us know if we missed anyone.
USARK sends more appreciaton to Jeff and Erika, show promoters from the Tracy Reptile Expo. They allowed us to have a table that was covered by Edgar Ortega and the Central Valley Herpetological Society (CVHS). Jeff and Erika also raised over $1,100 for USARK at the show. They went above and beyond to gather donations and conduct a fundraiser. Thank you for your support and thank you for being supportive members of the herp community, Tracy Reptile Expo!
Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) Conference: The conference is November 14 and 15 in Mesa, AZ, and will feature talks on husbandry, medical care, incubation, enclosure design, care and breeding of turtles and tortoises. Registration is $120 for non-members and $80 for members. All registrants will receive: copy of THE COMPLETE BOX TURTLE, gift bags from Zoo Med, banquet, access to all talks, etc. Details at http://www.ttpg.org/conference2013.html. (Speaker list at bottom of page)
Phoenix Reptile Expo: Mesa, AZ on November 16-17 following the TTPG Conference: Details at www.PHXReptileExpo.comChristmas Croc Fest: December 7, 2013 at Shawn Heflick's Facility in Florida to raise money for the Jamaican population of Crocodylus acutus. Auction items can be shipped to Shawn Heflick, 240 Bay Tree Lane, Palm Bay, FL 32909. Advanced Tickets are $25 (payment to firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal and write "Croc Fest" in the message). More information at https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheCrocodiles?ref=hl.
Bowling with Barczyk: Attend a bowling fundraiser featuring Brian Barczyk (BHB Reptiles and snakebytes.tv) and Loren Leigh (LLLReptile and Supply). Proceeds will be split between the Southern California Herp Association and Rescue (SCHAR) and USARK. The event will be held on Monday January 6, 2014 (this is the Monday following the Reptile Super Show) in Fullerton, CA. Get more details https://www.facebook.com/bowlingwithbarczyk.
Reptile Super Show: January 4-5, 2014 in Pomona, CA. This will be the largest and best Reptile Super Show as it takes over an even bigger venue. Get details at http://reptilesupershow.com/los-angeles/.
The NRAAC Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium: Rescheduled for March 7-9, 2014. Details coming soon at http://www.nraac.org/symposium2013.html. "The reptile and amphibian law symposium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., cancelled due to the federal government shutdown, has been rescheduled for March 7-9, 2014, at the same location. A revised schedule and panelist list will be posted for the 2014 event within the next few weeks as we confirm panelists and topics. To register for free, please use the online registration form at http://nraac.org/register and make sure to check back for future updates." - NRAAC
SEWERFEST Reptile Festival: November, 10, 2013 in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. Details at http://www.sewerfest.com/.
Central Valley Herpetological Society (CVHS) donates to Animal Shelter
Tarentola boettgeri bischoffi) © Luis Ferreira
Gopherus agassizii) © Nevada Department of Wildlife
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