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    Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    Say bye bye to your Pythons and maybe your Boas too.

    This can be viewed on video if you prefer that to reading this at the following link:

    YouTube - Is this going to be Bye Bye to Pythons?

    If the legislators considering HR2811 make their decision strictly based upon the calls made Monday and Tuesday this week, say bye bye to your right to breed and sell Pythons. The number of calls coming in has been absolutely pathetic. This isnít some obscure extreme interest group meeting talking about whether or not they will try take away our right to keep Pythons. This is the US House of Representatives and they are as serious as a heart attack about this legislation. Though we had a previous commitment to a minimal alteration of our right to keep our animals, the extremists are pushing to have the entire genus python put back into the language of this bill, and added to the list of species regulated under the Federal Lacy Act. You have got to be heard!

    If you do not call in, our hobby may be in jeopardy. You cannot assume anything. You cannot assume that reasonable heads will prevail. This is not being pushed by reasonable people. The people making this decision are reasonable people, but if they do not hear your voice, they may listen to the people who are screaming the loudest. Guess what? Without your additional calls, the people screaming to stop all trade in Pythons, are going to be the loudest in the chambers where this decision is going to be made. You cannot assume that USARK and our lobbyists, and or PIJAC are handling this. The grassroots revolt against HR669 is what stopped itís progress. Not USARK. Not PIJAC. Not any individual. It was the combined effort of the thousands of people who got off their rear ends and participated. Together we can and will make the difference! If we do not act together, and that means every one of you, we are in a dangerous position. USARKís lobbyist are exhorting us to act! We are and will do as much as we can. USARK and PIJAC are both working to make sure that HR2811 does not pass in a form that will decimate our industry. A grass roots avalanche has not been seen by the opponents of our freedoms since we stopped HR669. Now is the time to show ourselves again!

    You have one day left. Wednesday November 4th is the last day. You must make your calls between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. That is Eastern Time. If you donít know what that is, find out. In California thatís 1:00 PM. No excuses. Pick up your phone and spend 30 or 40 minutes being heard!

    Do it!

    This is what you must do!

    One call in day left!!!

    *** Wednesday - November 4th. Call In and Fax the Subcommittee and voice your opposition to HR2811. Be polite & professional!

    Script:
    My name is____. I oppose HR2811. It is overly simplistic and politically driven. It is poorly thought out and sacrifices good science for political expediency. The negative economic impact for my family and business would be significant. Please oppose HR2811. Thank you for your consideration.

    Call/Fax List:
    Sponsor:

    Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Sponsor
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-4506; fax 202-226-0777
    Miami: phone 305-690-5905; fax 305-690-5951

    Cosponsors:

    Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-1313; fax 202-225-8398
    Ft. Lauderdale: phone 954-733-2800

    Congressman John Lewis (D-GA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3801; fax 202-225-0351
    Atlanta: phone 404-659-0116

    Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3001; fax 202-225-5974
    Boca Raton: phone 561-988-6302; fax 561-988-6423

    Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (HI-2)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-4906; fax 202-225-4987
    Honolulu: phone 808-541-1986

    Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-5792; fax 202-225-3132
    Punta Gorda: phone 941-575-9101; fax 941-575-9103

    Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism & Homeland Security:

    Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-8351; fax 202-225-8354
    Richmond: phone 804-644-4845

    Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3072; fax 202-225-3336
    San Jose: phone 408-271-8700

    Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3816; fax 202-225-3317
    Houston: phone 713-691-4882

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-2201; fax 202-225-7854
    Los Angeles: phone 323-757-8900

    Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3265; fax 202-225-5663
    Memphis: phone 901-544-4131

    Congressman Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-2615; fax 202-225-2154
    San Juan: phone 787-723-6333

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-5431; fax 202-225-9681
    Roanoke: phone 540-857-2672

    Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-5716; fax 202-226-1298
    Gold River: phone 916-859-9906

    Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3035; fax 202-226-1230
    Tyler: phone 903-561-6349

    Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-6565; fax 202-225-5547
    Beaumont: phone 409-212-1997

    Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-6365; fax 202-226-1170
    Chesapeake: 757-382-0080; fax 757-382-0780

    Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-5635
    New York: phone 212-367-7350

    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-7931; fax 202-226-2052
    Pembroke Pines: phone 954-437-3936; fax 954-437-4776

    Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-6616
    Brooklyn: phone 718-743-0441

    Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-4061; fax 202-225-5603
    Chicago: phone 773-267-5926; fax 773-267-6583
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    Re: Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    Thanks Jeff.

    It's so sad to see the amazing turnout for HR669 and the crummy turnouts that we're seeing and hearing about for these upcoming bills.

    This is how these people will win!

    They'll just keep going and going and going until they just wittle us down into submission.

    CALL in people, be HEARD!! Send your faxes!

    DO YOUR PART!

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    Re: Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    hope this doesn't happen.. good luck guys. looks like canada might have a sudden population hike

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    Re: Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    ...all I can think whenever I hear a bill like this..is... "......our HOUSE is spending time on THIS.....WWWHY?!"

    It must be because of all the babies I singlehandedly release into the wild in Illinois...or the newborns I feed to my BPs.
    0.1 '05 Het. Hypo - Lelu
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    "it's not like cool-aide. its like..you know that powder that you put in water that makes it flavored" -you know who you are

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    Re: Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2kdime View Post
    Thanks Jeff.

    It's so sad to see the amazing turnout for HR669 and the crummy turnouts that we're seeing and hearing about for these upcoming bills.
    people get spent sometimes I suppose. no one want's to keep fighting, they want to win once and win big and call it good.

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    Re: Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    Quote Originally Posted by mainbutter View Post
    people get spent sometimes I suppose. no one want's to keep fighting, they want to win once and win big and call it good.
    Very true. Our opponents know we get lazy and tired and they will use it to win this war and destroy our hobby/biz.

    I hate to say it but out of all my hobbies that are under fire by crazy people and the government, reptile people are mostly all bark and no bite. People need to get fired up. Our opponents will not just give up and will keep fighting these battles until they get what they want.

    Hognose, Sand Boa & Ball Python Morphs

    Greg Bennett | http://www.hognose.com

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    Re: Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    Sad that a couple of people with lack of respect for animals released them to the wild and good and responsible snake owners will pay for it but I wouldn't fear these laws never go through but do call and call often.

    lance
    NEVER RELEASE FISH OR REPTILES OR ANY ANIMAL INTO THE WILD.

    Please read the CARESHEET! to make sure you're doing the best you can for your pet.

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    Re: Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    Quote Originally Posted by lance View Post
    I wouldn't fear these laws never go through but do call and call often.

    lance
    I'm afraid that may not be the case anymore. It only takes ONE bill to get passed then the flood waters will be let lose. Once the nut jobs have their foot in the door they will not stop. It will not stop at just pythons. Next will be boas, then large colubrids, then large monitor lizards and so forth and so on.

    Our opponents are getting smarter. They have deep pockets to fight their battles. They will not just go away.

    Everyday I see poor HSUS commercials on the TV asking the general public to give $20.00 PER MONTH ($240.00 per year) to help sick and injured animals. That money is being used to pass these ridiculous bills people. Our enemies have an endless bank account. They play on the general public's emotions. We don't have a chance in hell to win unless we stick together and get fired up to fight these people.

    Hognose, Sand Boa & Ball Python Morphs

    Greg Bennett | http://www.hognose.com

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    Re: Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    its never officially been amended in the first place! its still read just as that a python ban!
    if it isnt in writing its not part of the bill!
    Last edited by nixer; 11-04-2009 at 05:53 AM.

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    Re: Will you be saying bye bye to your Ball Pythons?

    I've been begging and pleading for people to make their calls this week (and thank you to those of you who have).

    This is NOT a joke folks - MAKE YOUR CALLS TODAY!!!!!!!!

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