ACTION ALERT: Clark County, Nevada
DEADLINE to COMMENT: November 15
Our Action Alert has been circulating for a few weeks, but if you have not, you must send comments ASAP.
The full Alert can be found at www.usark.org/library/clark-county-alert-info-10-6-15-3/. This is a broad and tyrannically overreaching ordinance proposal. All details are in the Alert and ALL pet owners should be aware. Dog and cat owners will be affected, too. The herp issues and others are broken down in the Action Alert.
The proposal includes possibly the most overbearing permit system on record. For example, a pet owner needs liability insurance, must plot the utilities on his/her property, and have a public hearing to own a sugar glider, Black rat snake, Carpet python or many other species (details in the Alert at link). That's only a small part of the permit system!
Take action! Support your community and your freedom to responsibly have pets.
November 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST
Clark County Government Building
500 S. Grand Central Pkwy
Las Vegas, Nevada 89155
Dress appropriately! You should wear nicer clothes (i.e. at least more than just a t-shirt). Even if you do not plan to speak, come support your fellow pet owners and exotic animal keepers. Much more information can be found in the Alert at the link above.
For more information via Facebook:
Group 2: www.facebook.com/snherps/
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Below is a sample letter to be sent to Clark County officials to show opposition to the proposed ban on the breeding of all animals, other than dogs and cats. You can find all contact information and other details below the letter. Please personalize the letter!
You can also download it at www.usark.org/library/clark-county-sample-letter/.
Respected Clark County Commissioners,
As a responsible Clark County pet owner, I would like to voice my opposition to the proposed changes to Title 10. These amendments will unjustly remove my freedom to occasionally breed and sell animals as a hobbyist.
According to the latest study from the American Pet Products Association (APPA), over 32% of American households have pet species other than dogs and cats. This proposed change potentially affects 1/3 of Clark County residents. Many people who keep non-traditional or exotic pets, also breed them on occasion and sell the offspring. The keeping and breeding of these animals in no way affects my neighbors or the County.
It can only be assumed that this proposal is a step to remove all non-traditional pets from Clark County. The animal someone chooses to keep responsibly as a pet is not your decision to make. In many situations, non-traditional pets are better suited to households than dogs or cats.
A disease prevention argument is not valid. There is a miniscule chance that someone could potentially attain a zoonotic (transferable from animal to human) disease. This is possible from any animal. As with interactions with humans, interactions with animals that are not followed by proper hygiene (i.e. hand washing) may lead to disease transmission. You cannot punish an entire population at the slim chance that irresponsible people do not practice proper hygiene.
There also is not a public safety concern. Title 10 already includes punishment for irresponsible pet owners who may allow their pets to escape. Interactions with horses, large constrictor snakes, some exotic animals, etc. have the potential for injury, but that is accepted by the individuals interacting with them. It is not a public safety risk.
It is most troubling that these proposed changes are simply due to biases by members of the Board of County Commissioners. This is a tyrannical abuse of power. You are using your authority to remove freedoms from others that affect the County in no manner simply because you don’t agree with them. There is no rational reasoning to support this amendment.
This action is un-American and unjust. I hope you’ll address concerns from those affected. Thank you for your time and consideration on behalf of this Clark County resident and have a good day.
YOUR NAME and ADDRESS
"THIS IS AN ACTION ALERT FOR ALL CLARK COUNTY AND LAS VEGAS EXOTIC ANIMAL OWNERS.
Clark County is in the process of drafting and attempting to implement new animal regulations again. And this time it's a real doozy. They want to ban the captive breeding of ALL ANIMALS that are not dogs and cats. This will include all reptiles, amphibians, all fish, all birds and all small mammals such as sugar gliders, rabbits, chinchillas, and all rodents (hamsters, rats, mice). The regulation says ALL ANIMALS. This may or may not include INVERTEBRATES, depending on how the county defines animals. That would mean NO tarantulas, roaches, or crickets.
What does this MEAN TO YOU? It means if you own a pair of Leopard Geckos and you keep them together and the female lays eggs and you allow them to hatch, you have broken the law. If you breed Canaries and you allow them to stay together and babies hatch from this pairing, you have broken the law. If you have a fish tank full of Guppies and they make more Guppies, you will be in violation of county law. If you breed feeder rodents such as rats, mice, or rabbits you are breaking the law. If you legally collect a Gopher Snake and it lays eggs and you incubate and hatch them, you are a criminal according to these propose regulations. As mentioned, how they define ANIMAL is going to either make it legal or illegal to breed insects or other invertebrates. If it makes it illegal, then say goodbye to breeding crickets, roaches, spiders, tarantulas, meal worms, horned worms, and earthworms. Springtails will be forbidden. Same with fruit flies.
The SECOND PART OF THIS REGULATION BANS THE SELLING OF ANY ANIMAL BY PRIVATE PARTIES. That means ANY ANIMAL. If you get caught posting a Crested gecko for sale on Craig's list or on Face Book or on a web site you will be tracked down and arrested. If you invite friends to your home and sell them ANY ANIMAL you will be a criminal. You will not be able to sell any animal, period. No birds, no rats, no mice, no hamsters. NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. The only way you can legally sell anything is if you are a licensed business like a pet store. Some have claimed they can obtain a business license for their homes. Even though it might be possible, it is doubtful. You'll have to get a special use permit from the county first anyway. This means that all your neighbors and anyone that reads your license, which is provided to all the public by law, will know exactly what you have in your house. Your home will also be subject to open inspections by the police, animal control and the state.
Local pet stores in the area often depend on locally produced animals to sell in their stores. Most rats and mice are produced by home breeders, as are most feeder insect except for crickets. If this ban takes place, many stores will have to turn to outside of Nevada sources for feeders. This will cause a price increase across the board, meaning it will cost you more to provide food for your animals. Many pet stores also purchase bread and butter animals from local breeders such as Corn Snakes, King Snakes, Leopard Geckos, Crested Geckos and so on. Once again stores will be forced to purchase these animals out of state, causing another price increase.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Share this with as many people as you can. Ask Nevada local Face Book pages that deal with pets in any way to post and pin this to the top of their FB pages. You can also join the Facebook page Save our Exotics at www.facebook.com/groups/Help4Exoitcs/. This page is there to garner support and information about not only the county regulations, but also for state and other local law issues. Join in on the conversation, add ideas and give them your input. Join the Southern Nevada Herpetological Society (www.snhs.info and www.facebook.com/snherps). This group will keep you abreast on all things reptile and exotic going on in Nevada.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO? Keep up to date on the goings on around you. Check local government sites for anything they try to sneak in on us. And PLAN TO ATTEND ALL COUNTY, CITY AND STATE MEETINGS WHEN YOU ARE ASKED TO. There is strength in numbers, and we will need as many bodies as possible to attend these meetings and hearings. You may or may not want to publicly speak, and that's fine either way. But your presence will be noted by the people that run things, and that's very important.
ANOTHER THING YOU CAN DO is sit back, relax and do nothing. This is not a good option. I have learned in life to never expect to have anyone do anything for you. If this set of new regulations affects you in any way, it is your obligation to step up and do something about it. Here's your chance.
Thank you for reading and please SHARE." - SNHS
There will be a public meeting next Thursday. All pet owners and others affected should attend!
This text and information has been provided by the Southern Nevada Herpetological Society (SNHS). Please follow the links provided above for updates.
Links to More Information
View the proposed ordinance at http://usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Title-10-changes-Clark-County.pdf.
View the public notice at http://usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Public-Notice-Clark-County.pdf.
View a letter to local businesses at http://usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/letter-to-businesses-Clark-County.pdf.