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    HSUS & Florida Politicians Undermine Efforts to Kill Constrictor Rule!

    HSUS & Florida Politicians Undermine Efforts to Kill Constrictor Rule!

    HSUS & Florida Politicians Undermine Efforts to Kill Constrictor Rule!

    Most that have followed the development of the Constrictor Rule for the last several years know that last Tuesday US Fish & Wildlife Service enacted a final rule regarding the addition of Burmese python and 3 other constricting snakes. The following blog post from HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle demonstrates how HSUS coordinated a letter writing campaign from Senator Bill Nelson and several Florida Congressional members to sabotage the work of USARK to completely kill the Constrictor Rule. This is an interesting look into the mind and manipulations of the extreme Animal Right Industry. Please READ!

    HSUS has recently been a BIG POT calling the little USARK Kettle Black... insinuating that USARK can buy our way through Washington like they do every day

    The following is reproduced from HSUS; Humane Nation Blog: http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2012/0...nake-news.html

    The Way Washington Works

    It’s amazing how in Washington, D.C., the simplest things can turn into a mess.

    Today’s announcement by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in the Everglades to ban the import and trade in Burmese pythons, yellow anacondas, and northern and southern African pythons is, to be sure, an important advance—for animal welfare, conservation, and public safety. These large constricting snakes are not suitable as pets; they suffer from capture in the wild and long-distance transport for trade; they can injure and kill people who possess or interact with them; and they can wreak havoc on our natural resources as an invasive species, killing native wildlife, including endangered animals.

    But there’s a back story here, and it says so much about Washington, D.C., and how good policy and common-sense ideas get scuttled, delayed, or weakened in this town, to the detriment of the nation.

    Here’s a timeline.

    June 2006: The South Florida Water Management District petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) requesting the listing of Burmese pythons as injurious under the Lacey Act, a federal law that regulates trade in wildlife.

    January 2008: FWS published a Notice of Inquiry in the Federal Register asking the public for comments on several large constrictor snakes.

    July 2009: U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee about the dangers posed by large constricting snakes to Florida’s ecosystems, unveiling the skin of a 17-foot Burmese python perhaps shed in the Everglades.

    October 2009: The U.S. Geological Survey issued a science-based report that identifies nine species of large, constricting snakes as posing a medium or high risk as invasive species in the United States.

    March 2010: FWS issued a proposed rule to list nine large constrictor snakes as injurious under the Lacey Act.

    January 2011: Open Secrets, a website that discloses federal lobbying expenditures, announced that the U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers spent $120,000 lobbying against the FWS rule. USARK submitted a report saying that banning the trade in these species would cost the industry $100 million–an utterly absurd figure.

    March 2011: The White House Office of Management and Budget/Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs received the final rule from FWS. (This White House agency's review process is usually 90 days, yet the rule was held up for 10 months.)

    January 2012: Salazar makes the announcement covering only the four species.

    What or who got in the way here? There’s only one reasonable explanation: narrow thinking and poor political judgment at OMB.

    The folks who run OMB for President Barack Obama are focused on the vulnerability of the administration on the jobs issue, with Obama facing a competitive re-election with high unemployment numbers. So when USARK and its lobbyists made a jobs argument, it struck a nerve at OMB. OMB appeared ready to kill the whole thing, until lawmakers from Florida on both sides of the aisle started demanding action. Ten of the 11 largest newspapers in Florida urged adoption of the FWS rule and demanded that the Obama administration stop dragging its feet and do something about the trade in these invasive, dangerous species.

    The administration had to do something; it had to deal with the Burmese python. But in the end, it excluded five species from the import restrictions—two of which, boa constrictors and reticulated pythons, alone make up two-thirds of the trade. As a result, the trade is likely to shift to these species. Salazar said his agency will watch and see how things are going with the other constrictor snakes, and consider banning the other five species down the road, but given the administration’s track record on this issue, that seems highly implausible.

    So, in the end, no one is happy—not animal advocates or environmentalists, or even the reptile dealers. The administration shows itself as weak, quick to jettison science for politics, and essentially tone-deaf on this entire issue in the critical battleground state of Florida, whose electorate and opinion leaders clearly want something done about invasive species of snakes.

    And for the animal protection community, the burning question is, if OMB cannot stand up to the reptile dealers—who created this problem by peddling high-risk snakes to unqualified individuals and cost the government tens of millions of dollars in invasive species control efforts—how is it going to handle the really tough animal welfare problems the country faces?
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    The world would be so much better off without HSUS in it....
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    And this is shocking to who? The humane society will always have more power and support then usark. It doesnt matter how much money you send usark they will never be able to fight hsus. It is what it is. Its sad yes but this ban should not be a surprise to anyone.
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    Re: HSUS & Florida Politicians Undermine Efforts to Kill Constrictor Rule!

    The HSUS needs to be taken down completely. I mean look at all there commercials, they can't be taken down for like False advertising or something? I know i'm preaching to the quior.. But If the HSUS didn't exist the world would be a far better place.
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    i will never understand the need for making a state problem into a federal one.

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    We can ABSOLUTELY fight HSUS, because money isn't everything...even today.

    We prevented them from adding all 9 species. Now we have to take back those 4. Not everyone loves HSUS. My own state of Nebraska despises them, and they were essentially run out of town when they showed up here.
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    How exactly did we stop them fron taking all 9? Everyone keeps saying we stopped em but how exactly did that happen? And money is everything. If you file a federal lawsuit then hsus will spend the money to tie this in court till usark goes bankrupt. Hsus has so much money and support its crazy. When supporters die some of them will their estates to them i mean come on in todays age money does matter.
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    Do you REALLY believe that if we had done nothing, all 9 wouldn't have been listed?

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    Re: HSUS & Florida Politicians Undermine Efforts to Kill Constrictor Rule!

    Quote Originally Posted by snake lab View Post
    How exactly did we stop them fron taking all 9? Everyone keeps saying we stopped em but how exactly did that happen? And money is everything. If you file a federal lawsuit then hsus will spend the money to tie this in court till usark goes bankrupt. Hsus has so much money and support its crazy. When supporters die some of them will their estates to them i mean come on in todays age money does matter.
    As said, the reason why they went through with the ban is because Florida threw money around.

    this is the way i see it personally. Obama is between a rock and a hard place.. He is on the verge of not getting elected, to his what Florida did will ruin his chances, so he took the step forward to please them

    It's wrong IMO, but i can't say much more to this.

    If someone wants to chime in and correct me then feel free to do so, This is the way it seems to me, like I said.
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    Dont get it twisted. Florida has no money. This was an effort spearheaded by florida and hsus and bankrolled by the hsus. Obama has no dog in this fight. He has much bigger fish to fry. He has ruined this country. Banning snakes is not going to effect his campaign one way or the other. And i didnt say quit but if you try and go toe to toe and break out check books against the hsus you got another thing coming. They will just hold it up in court and bankrupt you
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