2015 Blog

HR 2920

HR 2920: Amendments to the Lacey Act UPDATE: HR 2920 is a reintroduction of the “Captive Primate Safety Act.” The bill seeks to add all non-human primates as “prohibited wildlife species” under Chapter 53 of the Lacey Act. This bill will add primates to the current list of “prohibited wildlife species”: lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, […]

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Salamander Bsal and Potential Import BanAs has been mentioned in previous USARK newsletters, Salamander chytrid fungus, or Bsal, has been a topic of concern for several months. We need preliminary data on the domestic salamander trade. All U.S. breeders and businesses dealing with salamanders (native and non-native species), please send an email to Contact@USARK.org with the […]

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Lawsuit UpdateOn Friday, USARK filed an opposition brief requesting that the Court not allow the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) to intervene in our lawsuit. Among other arguments, USARK made clear that HSUS and CBD lack standing (entitlement) to become involved. The evidence provided by these parties falls far below the established […]

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Egyptian Tortoise ESA listing Deadline to comment June 9 (11:59 PM EST) USARK submitted our comment regarding the potential listing of the Egyptian tortoise under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). You can read our comment at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Egyptian-tortoise-comment-USARK.pdf. USARK fully supports conservation efforts. In an age when habitat destruction, human overpopulation and pollution are by far the main factors […]

Washoe County Nevada ALERT

Washoe County Nevada ALERT

Washoe County, Nevada is holding the first hearing to discuss amendments to County Code Chapter 55 regarding animals on June 9, 2015. For exotic animal-related businesses, they are proposing an “Animal Welfare Permit.” They are also proposing a “Commercial Breeding Permit” for breeders of dogs and cats. These two issues will set language that will affect upcoming changes to […]