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Sacramento Recap, NRAAC Update and more

The Sacramento Reptile show attracted thousands of attendees last weekend. The aisles were packed and the show was filled with quality vendors displaying a huge selection of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. USARK would like to thank Jeremy Epstein for his support. Also, thanks to the vendors below, USARK held a successful auction on Saturday night. Another thank you to MistKing for their continued support with the silent auctions in their booth with all proceeds going to USARK.

Our Amazing Auction Contributors

Donations 1,000: Dan Wolfe Herpetoculture (missed donation at NARBC Anaheim)

Donations $500+: Heather's Herps, Exo-Terra, Gex Wear, 480 Pythons, Zoo Med

Donations $200+: Hardy Reptiles (Sacramento and missed donation at NARBC Anaheim), MistKing, Layne Labs, Ecco Gecko, Cutting Edge Balls, Shed Skin Reptiles

Donations $100+: East Bay Vivarium, Greathouse Farms, Professional Reptiles, Healthy Herp, Tetra, Geckos Etc., Reptile Plastics, Golden Gate Geckos, Barsch Tropicals, Taylor Reptiles, Goss Reptiles, Sacramento Reptile Show, SanTan Reptiles, JurassiPet, Ron's Reptiles, Isaiah Manzo, Livingston Lizard Lounge, Sticky Tongue Farm, South Bay Tropical, Silver State Exotics, 3rd Room Reptiles

Additional Donations by: Petsmart, High Sierra, Scott Austin, Delta Dragonz, Predators Reptiles, F.U.I.B., Golden Gate Geckos, FL Chams, Deer Fern Farms, Low Belly Reptiles, World's Best Cat Litter, Geckogen, Dubi Deli, AcrylicCages.com, Gecko Ranch, Creative Pet Supply, Waterland Tubs

Volunteers: Katy Bugler, John Potash, Lupe, Isaiah, Carlos, Keith, Josh, Junior, Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. Fox, Edgar and Carla. Thank you!

Please let us know if we missed anyone. Thank you to everyone who donated and attended the auction. Your support makes our fight possible.

Volunteers Needed!

USARK needs 6-8 volunteers at NARBC Tinley Park to collect auction items for 2 hours Saturday afternoon. We also need 2-3 volunteers to sell raffle tickets for 2 hours Sunday afternoon and a few volunteers to help in our booth. All volunteers will get perks including a free USARK shirt. Please reply to this email or send email to info@USARK.org if you can help. Thank you!

USARK also needs volunteers to help at the upcoming reptile show on November 2-3 in Tracy, CA . Show details can be found at http://www.shedskin.net/Shedskin.net/Welcome.html. This show requires 1-2 volunteers each day to answer USARK-related questions and manage the booth. Please reply to this email or send email to info@USARK.org if you can help. Thank you!

NRAAC Law Symposium Announcement!

Federal shutdown may impact National Reptile & Amphibian Law Symposium:

Planning continues for the 2013 National Reptile & Amphibian Law Symposium & Workshop November 8-10 in Washington, D.C., despite the shutdown of the federal government that begins today. Just as it is unclear when the impasse will be resolved by lawmakers, it is unclear yet what impact this will ultimately have on this year's law conference.

As at last year's event, many of the confirmed speakers and panelists for the 2013 event are representatives of federal agencies, many had yet to confirm, and all will be impacted by the shutdown in some way.

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has indicated that they will be unable to discuss, plan for, confirm, or send representatives to the event until the shutdown has ended, as all non-exempt employees of the service will be on hiatus. Other federal agencies scheduled to participate have responded with similar statements.

If lawmakers resolve the impasse in the next two or three weeks, the conference should be relatively unaffected and will go on as planned. Should the federal shutdown extend further, it is likely that few, if any, federal agencies will be able to participate, making it difficult if not impossible for the 2013 event to proceed as scheduled.

With only 40 days left until the conference, Washington lawmakers still have time to resolve their differences and put the government back in business. The co-hosting organizations of the event, NRAAC, PIJAC, USARK, AZA, ARAV, and the George Washington School of Law will all be monitoring the situation and will provide further information and updates as the situation develops.

If you are planning on attending this year's event, please check the NRAAC site frequently for the latest updates.

For more information on the 2013 National Reptile & Amphibian Law Symposium & Workshop November 8-10 in Washington, D.C., or to register for this free event, please visit our website at http://nraac.org.

Cat Ex Action Alert!

Action Alert: Cat Ex: Deadline Oct. 15: This alert addresses the USFWS proposal to list any species as injurious without full due process (i.e. no scientific support, no research, no economic impact study, etc.). Interstate commerce, interstate transport and importation are all illegal for any species listed as injurious. This categorical exclusion affects a huge portion of the pet community as any species could be listed (ALL reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, mammals and invertebrates). Any species listed would vanish from the pet community. There are four simple steps at the link below. Complete them all, share the alert and protect your herp community. http://usark.org/action-alert/usfws-categorical-exclusion-2/. View information about the Cat Ex hearing that was held in September at this link http://usark.org/uncategorized/catex-update-and-usark-in-d-c-92413/.

More News

NARBC: North American Reptile Breeders Conference will be accepting donations for the Rico Relief Effort in his fight against brain cancer! Please consider donating something for auction. Contact RicoRelief@iHerp.com for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


















This photo was taken at the USARK Kids Activity Center at NARBC Anaheim.

3rd graders raise over $10,000 for sea turtles: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11173708.htm

Chytrid Fungus article: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-missouri-ponds-clue-killer-frog.html

Massassauga Rattlesnake article: http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20130921/SPORTS/309210020/Yes-there-rattlesnakes-Michigan

Article written by USARK