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    ALERTS: Raleigh blanket ban and other NC alerts

    ALERT: Raleigh, NC Ban
    UPDATE: The first draft of the Raleigh ban has been shared (link on our website). This is a blanket ban on ALL “exotic” or “wild” animals with a very broad, vague definition. Essentially, this would allow enforcement on almost any animal except fish (and even fish are not specifically excluded) and recognized “domesticated animals.” This ban is NOT limited to the animal examples listed in the draft. The definition clearly states, “including, but NOT limited to.”The first draft would ban the keeping of any exotic or wild animal (defined as “any non-domesticated animal”) and also allows the City to seize and/or euthanize them immediately, plus enforce hefty fines including $500 per animal, City fees, etc. This could be enforced upon small constrictor snakes (ball pythons, etc.), almost all common reptile/amphibian pets, parrots, sugar gliders, etc.

    Local residents must get involved ASAP and we have all details in our alert at the links below.

    Website alert: https://usark.org/2021-alert-raleigh-nc/

    Facebook alert: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedStatesAssociationOfReptileKeepers/photos/a.3619186941496566/4147884385293483
    ALERT: North Carolina Animal Bans (state level)
    Some North Carolina legislators are seeking to ban some reptiles and other “exotic” or “dangerous wild” animals. This effort is happening after an irresponsible venomous snake keeper allowed a spitting cobra to escape. This careless keeper violated current state law and now faces at least 40 charges. North Carolina herpetoculturists (not just venomous keepers) and other animal owners should contact their legislators to oppose knee-jerk legislation.

    Read our full ALERT with more information, sample messaging, and more at the links below.

    Website Alert: https://usark.org/2021-nc/

    Facebook Alert: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedStatesAssociationOfReptileKeepers/photos/a.398227663592526/4114587065289882/
    ALERT: Wake County, NC
    Wake County, North Carolina may be proposing a ban on certain reptiles and exotic animals. Local residents should engage with their Board of Commissioner representatives ASAP. A county law would apply to all unincorporated areas (those living outside of city limits) of Wake County.

    Website alert: https://usark.org/2021-wake-nc/

    Facebook alert: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedStatesAssociationOfReptileKeepers/photos/a.3619186941496566/4148105915271330
    USARK Florida Lawsuit Update from July 2
    The court awarded injunctive relief but with a limited scope. Read more at https://usarkfl.wildapricot.org/news/10722240.
    Membership T-shirt Update
    Thanks for your support! We just received specific updates from the shipper on July 29. They have 300 orders left to ship out from February. We thought more progress had been made but this is the latest update. We had a delay securing enough shirts for printing as supply is still low due to COVID-related issues and that put us further behind. Shirts are shipping in the order of membership registration date.

    There was a disclaimer when you registered at the top of the page that shirts may take 6-8 weeks to arrive and we realize some members have already waited much longer. Our new system will get shirts out much faster after we are done playing catch-up. Our apologies again for the delay but we are working to get all shirts out and to avoid this problem in the future. Have a good day.
    ALERT: North Carolina “traveling animal act” ban
    House Bill 594 (H594) is another “traveling animal act” ban that misleads as to its intention. This bill, titled “Traveling Animal and Public Safety Protection Act,” includes an introduction rife with misinformation with the intent to spark emotion from the reader. H594 prohibits using certain animals (list at the link and even includes tortoises and small monitors) in "traveling animal acts," which will include the educational outreach programs provided by many animal keepers. The punishment is a Class II misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

    PLEASE READ THE LAST SENTENCE AGAIN! With all of the problems in our world, we actually have to fight a bill that could land you in jail for 60 days because you took a tortoise to a classroom to talk about reptiles.

    Full details at the links below.

    Website ALERT
    : https://usark.org/alert-nc-2021/

    Facebook ALERT: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedStatesAssociationOfReptileKeepers/photos/a.398227663592526/3881285385286719/
    Shipping Live Herps Responsibly and Ethically
    Animal welfare is both a priority and a special concern when shipping live reptiles and amphibians. When conditions around shipping pose a hazard that cannot be otherwise mitigated, reptiles should not be shipped.

    Read our full statement at https://usark.org/2021-safe-shipping/.

    On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UnitedStatesAssociationOfReptileKeepers/photos/a.398227663592526/3737466813001911/.
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    One moron. All it took was ONE moron to screw everything up for an entire state. Sigh...

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    Re: ALERTS: Raleigh blanket ban and other NC alerts

    Quote Originally Posted by Snagrio View Post
    One moron. All it took was ONE moron to screw everything up for an entire state. Sigh...
    Sadly, it can be as simple as one person doing something stupid to ruin it for everyone else. That does not justify knee jerk and/or extreme reactions to one person, or one incident, etc. However, that is the reality in the world.

    The NC proposal is exactly that; knee jerk reaction and extreme. Euthanizing BP's etc. and punishing people for keeping harmless animals is ridiculous at best and shows a total lack of regard for the lives of those animals. It also shows how little the people who propose legislation and pass laws know about much of what they are proposing or voting on. Reptiles are certainly not immune to ignorance and bias.

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    There is news of an escaped cobra in Texas today. Prepare for another round of knee-jerk regulations and laws.
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    Re: ALERTS: Raleigh blanket ban and other NC alerts

    Quote Originally Posted by Caitlin View Post
    There is news of an escaped cobra in Texas today. Prepare for another round of knee-jerk regulations and laws.
    Came online to post this! The owner of the snake left the cage door ajar after feeding and said he thinks the snake is dead. Not sure that’s a safe or accurate conclusion.

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    Re: ALERTS: Raleigh blanket ban and other NC alerts

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    Came online to post this! The owner of the snake left the cage door ajar after feeding and said he thinks the snake is dead. Not sure that’s a safe or accurate conclusion.
    Just the kind of irresponsible snake-owner that turns people against us with restrictions & bans, once the media gets a hold of the story. Swell...
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    Re: ALERTS: Raleigh blanket ban and other NC alerts

    Quote Originally Posted by Caitlin View Post
    There is news of an escaped cobra in Texas today. Prepare for another round of knee-jerk regulations and laws.
    Must be this one: https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/05/us/mi...rnd/index.html

    Notable details:
    "Police said the owner had a permit to own the snake from the State of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department."

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    Grand Prairie Animals services said that a local ordinance prohibits owning wild animals within the city limits, in a post on its Facebook page.“We are looking at a city ordinance violation … we’re also exploring, did he violate some type of state law for being negligent on the snake getting out of its cage,” Beseda said. “We have not charged him or arrested him or done anything. We’re simply exploring all of our options.”
    The Grand Prairie police and fire departments alerted area hospitals about the cobra and initiated a protocol with Parkland Hospital in Dallas to treat anyone who might be bitten by the snake."

    Sounds like he's likely to be in trouble. This is very a populated area: "Grand Prairie is a city of about 200,000 people between Dallas and Fort Worth." So stay tuned for more. If you're going to own hots, you have to be smart enough to know that a permit by the state doesn't grant you permission to keep things in violation of local (city or county) ordinances. I wouldn't recommend copying him.

    And this is exactly the worst kind of incident for our community of responsible keepers, as in-
    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    ...one person doing something stupid to ruin it for everyone else...



    Last edited by Bogertophis; 08-05-2021 at 10:06 PM.
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