Action Alert: Nevada AB238 “Dangerous Wild Animal” ban

Hearing is Thursday, March 23 at 1:30 PM

Room 3138 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV

Take just 3 or 4 minutes to voice your opposition!

AB238 is not about animal welfare or public safety. It is about advancing a radical agenda and a "look what we did" so animal rights groups can bring millions of more dollars into their fraudulent organizations for payroll, not to help animals. This bill bans the importation, possession, sale, transfer and breeding of “dangerous wild animals,” or DWAs. The bill allows a person who possesses a DWA before July 1, 2017 to keep that animal only if the person meets certain requirements. As we've witnessed in Ohio, this could lead to dozens of healthy animals being seized. The Ohio ban led to the deaths of beloved animals cared for responsibly for many years. Deaths and extreme stress upon these animals by being ripped away from their homes happened merely so animal rights groups and pseudo "sanctuaries" could profit from the media coverage and self-promotion.

The bill proposes redundant legislation. For example, non-native venomous snakes and crocodilians are already illegal in Nevada. This bill removes regulatory authority and flexibility from the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Governor-appointed Wildlife Commission, who already have the power to regulate these species through rulemaking. Regulation of these animals should proceed through the Wildlife Commission and not through State legislators who are being fed misinformation from those supporting this bill.

Yes, all animals listed should be kept only by those responsible individuals with the appropriate resources, but bans lead to more problems than this contrived propaganda will ever stop.

Opposition needs to be heard ASAP! It has been referred to Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining. Full member contact details can be found at www.asm.leg.state.nv.us/Assembly/NRAM.aspx. Species list at bottom of this page.

LINK to bill: www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-AZ-AB238.pdf

 

Quickly voice your opposition! (Remember to be professional and civil at all times!)

Simply go to this link and follow the very simple directions: www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/79th2017/A

  1. Select or type AB238
  2. Click AGAINST
  3. Copy/paste this message or similar:

    I oppose AB238 as an animal welfare advocate and responsible animal owner. This bill is a nonsensical one-size-fits-all solution to a problem that simply does not even exist. The unintended consequences which will follow are bad for the animals, their responsible owners, and Nevada.

    Please listen to the stakeholders and those who actually work with these animals rather than self-promoting, fraudulent organizations providing mistruths and hysteria. It is not the role of the government to decide what responsible citizens can and can't do in their own homes regarding matters which do not affect others. Especially in Nevada, government overreach and unconstitutional government actions are two of the last practices I'd thought to be fighting.

    As a Nevada citizen who is extremely well-versed in animal welfare matters, I urge you to vote NO on AB238. Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter. Have a good day.

  4. Fill out the "Constituent Information" section
  5. Click "Submit"
  6. Send the sample letter below!

Sample letter/statement (Remember to be professional and civil at all times!)

Copy/paste email list:

Heidi.Swank@asm.state.nv.usLesley.Cohen@asm.state.nv.usChris.Brooks@asm.state.nv.us,

Maggie.Carlton@asm.state.nv.usSandra.Jauregui@asm.state.nv.usJustin.Watkins@asm.state.nv.us,

Steve.Yeager@asm.state.nv.usJohn.Ellison@asm.state.nv.usLisa.Krasner@asm.state.nv.us,

Robin.Titus@asm.state.nv.usJim.Wheeler@asm.state.nv.us

Copy/paste one of these subject lines, or write your own:

  1. NO to AB238
  2. Opposition to AB238
  3. AB238 gets a NO vote
  4. Against AB238
  5. AB238 is bad for animals and NV

Copy/paste this sample letter. It is important to personalize/edit at least some of the letter.

Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Members,

I oppose AB238 as an animal welfare advocate and responsible animal owner. This bill is a nonsensical one-size-fits-all solution to a problem that simply does not even exist. The unintended consequences which will follow are bad for the animals, their responsible owners, and Nevada.

Please listen to the stakeholders and those who actually work with these animals rather than self-promoting, fraudulent organizations providing mistruths and hysteria. It is not the role of the government to decide what responsible citizens can and can't do in their own homes regarding matters which do not affect others. Especially in Nevada, government overreach and unconstitutional government actions are two of the last practices I'd thought to be fighting.

As a Nevada citizen who is extremely well-versed in animal welfare matters, I urge you to vote NO on AB238. Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter. Have a good day.

Sincerely

[YOUR NAME]


As introduced “dangerous wild animal” means the below:

1. All snakes from the families Atractaspdiidae, Elapidae and Hydrophiidae.
2. All snakes from the family Viperidae, except any species of snake indigenous to this State.
3. All species of alligators, caimans, crocodiles and gharials.
4. All species of hyenas and aardwolves.
5. All species of primates, except humans.
6. All twig snakes from the genus Thelotornis.
7. American black bears (Ursus americanus) that have been bred in captivity.
8. Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus).
9. Boomslangs (Dispholidus typus).
10. Brown bears (Ursus arctos).
11. Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), including hybrids thereof.
12. Clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa and Neofelis diardi), including hybrids thereof.
13. Giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).
14. Gray wolves (Canis lupus).
15. Jaguars (Panthera onca), including hybrids thereof.
16. Leopards (Panthera pardus), including hybrids thereof.
17. Lions (Panthera leo), including hybrids thereof.
18. Mountain lions (Puma concolor) that have been bred in captivity, including hybrids thereof.
19. Polar bears (Ursus maritimus).
20. Red wolves (Canis rufus) that have been bred in captivity.
21. Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus).
22. Snow leopards (Panthera uncia), including hybrids thereof.
23. Spectacled bears (Tremarctos ornatus), including hybrids thereof.
24. Sun bears (Helarctos malayanus).
25. Tigers (Panthera tigris), including hybrids thereof.

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