2018 Blog

Texas Proposed Wildlife Changes: Turtles

Texas Proposed Wildlife Changes: Turtles

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has proposed changes to Chapter 65 of the Texas Administrative Code (T.A.C.) regarding four species of turtles. These species are: red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans); common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina); smooth softshell (Apalone mutica), and; spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera). We have provided the full details below but to summarize: These four […]

Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018

HR6362 has been introduced and is titled the “Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018.” The bill was introduced by Representative Elise Stefanik and there were no cosponsors upon introduction. A companion bill, S3210, was introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. It also had no cosponsors upon introduction. These bills are yet another flawed approach […]

Action Alert: Arkansas

Action Alert: Arkansas

Meeting: June 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM AGFC Headquarters 2 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 Subject: Suspension of import permits and review/amending of wildlife regulations Summary: The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Director and staff are recommending that the Commission temporarily (120 days) suspend issuing any Wildlife Importation Permits (except for accredited […]

FWC Injurious Species Proposal

FWC Injurious Species Proposal

UPDATE: Many stakeholders and USARK President Phil Goss spoke at the meeting to educate the commissioners. An executive order was not put in place but the topic has not been dropped and will be addressed again at a future commissioner’s meeting. We will provide details as they become available. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ The Florida Fish and Wildlife […]

ACTION ALERT: New Jersey Bill to Fund HSUS

ACTION ALERT: New Jersey Bill to Fund HSUS

“HUMANE STATE” License Plate Fund UPDATE: The bill passed in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on 2/15/18, but with an amendment. HSUS has been removed as the recipient of the funds and replaced with the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey. Nice job to all those who voiced opposition and educated legislators! There is a […]