Proposed import regulations legislation for US

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    I couldn't get it to load, is this the proposed limits on harvested lps that I've heard about?
     
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    Not just on LPS but on fish coral inverts ect.
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    New law would severely regulate the import and commerce in “non-native wildlife taxa”
    As feared by some in the pet industry, new federal legislation that could halt the importation of many species of livestock and pets, including fish and aquatic organisms bred or collected for the aquarium trade has been introduced in Washington.

    H.R. 996: Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act was introduced in the US House of Representatives by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) on March 6, 2013. H.R. 996 is a re-write of H.R. 669 dating back to 2008.

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    Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) sponsor of HR 996, a bill: To establish an improved regulatory process for injurious wildlife to prevent the introduction and establishment in the United States of nonnative
    wildlife and wild animal pathogens and parasites that are likely to cause harm.

    H.R. 996 has 28 co-sponsors and has been referred to four different committees: House Natural Resources- Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, House Budget, House Judiciary, House Ways and Means committees.

    H.R. 996 seeks to set up an “accepted” (white) list of common domesticated pets and livestock (dogs, cats, goldfish, farm animals), and an “unaccepted” (black) list. By default the black list would cover everything not included on the “accepted” list, including, potentially, thousands of species of fish, aquatic invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians found in the pet trade.

    This is a “guilty until proven innocent” approach that would add all “unaccepted” species to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act in one massive blanket listing. Hundreds of species could be prohibited as criminal acts to import or ship in interstate commerce and be subject to sanctions under the Lacey Act.

    In addition to the 50 states of the US Union and the District of Columbia, the law would also cover: Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) reportedly will introduce a companion bill into the US Senate later in this session.

    According to the US Herpetological Alliance, “Most reptiles and amphibians would fall to the “unaccepted” list and be subject to sanctions,” and the Alliance is preparing to oppose this legislation.

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    Leave it to a democrat to get the government involved in my box of water. I'm sure they have nothing better to discuss
     
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    This law is not meant to regulate the aquarium trade or marine animals unless they are found on the endangered animal list of sensitive animal list-in which case we as responsible hobbyist should not have these fish, corals or inverts in our tanks.

    The law is meant to stop the invasive animals that threaten our wildlife preserves, such as the Asian carp that is unchecked in the the Mississippi river and soon to be in the great lakes, the various snakes in the everglades that threaten the natural habitats of many endangered animals. Many states already have such laws and the federal government is now enacting a federal program to secure our natural waters. This is a good thing and we should all embrace the action not look at it as a bad thing.
     
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    It is a good idea that is enacted in an idiotic fashion. Our government at work, sadly.

    The actual harmful species could easily be put on a black list instead of having everything that's not a dog/cat/parrot on the black list.
     
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    They are putting anything imported (as far as aquatic and reptilian )on the list and will remove them as they see fit. This is not a good thing just think of the economic impact it will have when there's no more LFS.
     
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