SB 902 is a pro-herp bill that has the support of Illinois herpers. This bill was tabled at the May 6 hearing and has been rescheduled for May 13. The "Herptile-Herps Act" would move herps into their own area of the code and would take precedence over other Illinois laws and enforcement regarding herps.
This bill will not pass without tremendous support from Illinois residents. Call, email and fax legislators to voice your support. All information can be found at www.usark.org/2014-blog/illinois-herptiles-act.
Senate Amendment 1 to HB 4056 would end the pet shop sale of puppies and kittens from breeders. This is being pushed by anti-pet groups and does not solve any problems, but does create new ones. The sale of purebred puppies and kittens would be pushed through unregulated channels if this passes and animal welfare is not protected. Organizations pushing this do not want anyone to have pets and this is one more step toward an America without companion animals.
Take action now and speak out against this bill at www.pijac.org/pet-alerts/il-residents-will-you-let-happen-gov-quinn-leading-charge-put-illinois-pet-stores-out.
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Biology of The Pitvipers Symposium: June 4-7 in Tulsa, OK. Learn more at www.biologyofthepitvipers.com and www.facebook.com/BiologyOfThePitvipersSymposium.
Cin City Reptile Show
Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: May 18th in Clarksville, IN. More details at www.irbexpo.com.
All Ohio Reptile Show: May 31st in Columbus, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.