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Posted by wittsd on March 30, 2003 at 14:48:39:
In Reply to: Re: Oregon Exotic Animal Ban Proposed posted by herpluver on March 30, 2003 at 14:04:19:
> i live in oregon, what do i need to do to help? this bill is
> full of lies and false info, i'll being researching indo and
> stats. if someone has already started collecting info from ppl
> that are against this then who do i give my info to, and if no
> one has then lets start.
> sorry a very peeved about this
Know how you feel, Samuel...
Thanks for the offer to help fight this fear- & intolerance-
It's early days for OR HB3065", but we're trying to co-ordinate
initial cross-species efforts on the Phoenix List.
Since this "emergency" legislation impacts not just "pet"/
private owners, but also non-exempt USDA facilities, there
*should* be plenty of people to join in the fight.
At present, we are somewhat light on herp experience on Phoenix,
so if you (or anyone else here, PLEASE!) could act as a bridge
between species interests, collecting information, co-ordinating
strategies, etc., this would be most useful towards common goals.
IMHO, we are all in this together: your average responsible
cougar owner knows that *their* cats pose little or no risk to
the public and your average responsible green iguana owner knows
likewise. That we are unaware of the experiences underlying each
person's knowledge should not make this a case of "please exempt
me, but ban the nasty big cat owners", etc.
This happened with some people's personal approaches to
legislators in WA... the lack of a single voice helped to result
in the mess we now face, there, where *ANY* animal which may be
shown to be dangerous could be banned under the revised 1151).
IMHO, we also need to kill WA HB1151 dead *FIRST*.
(The final public hearing for this bill is on April 1st in
Olympia, as noted in my other post
We still require more letters to the WA legislators and
attendees at the meeting, if possible (contact: jeanneh-atsign-
If WA HB1151 passes, API will politely point out to the OR
legislators that their "common sense" bill passed in WA, so why
shouldn't it pass in OR?
Take care, y'all,