Press Releases

Statement on the Deaths of Two Young Boys in Canada

(8/7/13): A terrible tragedy involving the deaths of two young boys in Canada deeply saddens the reptile keeping community. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the victims. While the full facts of the incident have not yet been released, it would appear that the culprit could be a large (14 feet) African […]

FDA Amends Regulations to Remove Requirement to Destroy Viable Turtle Eggs and Live Turtles

July 25, 2013 [This action amends the rule so any confiscated eggs and/or turtles are not destroyed.] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a direct final rule amending the regulation that bans the sale and distribution of small turtles in intrastate and interstate commerce. The direct final rule removes the provisions making […]

USARK working hard in Washington, D.C.

Earlier this week, USARK President Phil Goss traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with House and Senate Congressional offices to express our opposition to the latest attempt by the USFWS to change the rules in support of their misguided efforts to list the remaining five constrictor snake species as injurious under the Lacey Act. Working […]

Action Alert: No to Adding Species as Injurious

Anti-pet groups are pushing to have the 5 remaining species of snakes (Boa constrictor, Reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, Green anaconda and Beni anaconda) listed as injurious under the Lacey Act – in essence banning all importation and interstate commerce. The time to fight for your rights is now. These anti-pet groups, posing as animal welfare […]

House Natural Resources Oversight Hearing

Full Committee Hearing To Examine Interior Department’s Operations, Management, Rulemaking: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Testify WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2013 – The House Natural Resources Committee will hold an oversight hearing on Wednesday, July 17th entitled, “The Department of the Interior Operations, Management, and Rulemakings.”  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be the sole witness testifying at this hearing.  This will […]