HerpDigest “Victory for Snapping Turtle in New York State”

From an email sent out by HerpDigest June 23, 2013

According to our contacts in Albany 

“The turtle bill was not placed on the Assembly Codes Committee for a vote.  Quick action and  continued pressure  were both key in holding the bill back  While the bill is not technically dead, it is improbable that it will be brought up in special session in the Fall. This is a time only  for bills of extreme necessity such as budgetary issues.” Will it come up again in 2014. We have to wait and see. 

Congrats to all who helped. Made calls, send email. Never underestimate the power of a few well connected people (with giant mailing lists) to affect change. 

Allen Salzberg – Publisher/Editor

Subscribe to HerpDigest or visit their website for in-depth herpetology news and information! 

HerpDigest “Victory for Snapping Turtle in New York State”

From an email sent out by HerpDigest June 23, 2013

According to our contacts in Albany 

“The turtle bill was not placed on the Assembly Codes Committee for a vote.  Quick action and  continued pressure  were both key in holding the bill back  While the bill is not technically dead, it is improbable that it will be brought up in special session in the Fall. This is a time only  for bills of extreme necessity such as budgetary issues.” Will it come up again in 2014. We have to wait and see. 

Congrats to all who helped. Made calls, send email. Never underestimate the power of a few well connected people (with giant mailing lists) to affect change. 

Allen Salzberg – Publisher/Editor

Subscribe to HerpDigest or visit their website for in-depth herpetology news and information! 

rhamphotheca:

How the Global Pet Trade is Impacting the Survival of Many Exotic Species

by Ken Howell,

Curator of Upland Tropical Rainforest, National Aquarium

When it comes to pets, most people are content keeping traditional cats and dogs while others desire animals with a more exotic flair. Pet stores and online vendors offer the potential exotic pet owner an abundance of wildlife, ranging from parrots and marmosets to cobras and scorpions. Sadly, many recipients of exotic wildlife are unaware that their purchases may support a trade that is often illegal, inhumane, or detrimental to wild populations.

It may come as a surprise to many that the United States is one of the largest importers of live animals in the world with over one billion live animals imported since the year 2000. Various regulatory agencies strive to control this trade. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for enforcing not only its own internal regulations but also those regulations that fall under the auspices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)…

(read more: National Aquarium)

rhamphotheca:

How the Global Pet Trade is Impacting the Survival of Many Exotic Species

by Ken Howell,

Curator of Upland Tropical Rainforest, National Aquarium

When it comes to pets, most people are content keeping traditional cats and dogs while others desire animals with a more exotic flair. Pet stores and online vendors offer the potential exotic pet owner an abundance of wildlife, ranging from parrots and marmosets to cobras and scorpions. Sadly, many recipients of exotic wildlife are unaware that their purchases may support a trade that is often illegal, inhumane, or detrimental to wild populations.

It may come as a surprise to many that the United States is one of the largest importers of live animals in the world with over one billion live animals imported since the year 2000. Various regulatory agencies strive to control this trade. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for enforcing not only its own internal regulations but also those regulations that fall under the auspices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)…

(read more: National Aquarium)

Good call. Imagine if you were in the delivery room and a dog  (even the cutest puppy) came to sniff ya. I wouldn’t have it either.. I’m pretty sure I’d be a little pissed of the hospital staff scooped me up with a shovel and moved me to another room.. but hey in this scenario I’d be thankful 😀

yotey:

Yesterday our dog, Sam found a snapping turtle in the back yard. It confused him. The turtle was a female looking to lay eggs and was stressed, cowering under our hose. My dad moved her back out into the tree line to keep the dog from harassing her. The poor girl… She wasn’t having it.

Good call. Imagine if you were in the delivery room and a dog  (even the cutest puppy) came to sniff ya. I wouldn’t have it either.. I’m pretty sure I’d be a little pissed of the hospital staff scooped me up with a shovel and moved me to another room.. but hey in this scenario I’d be thankful 😀

yotey:

Yesterday our dog, Sam found a snapping turtle in the back yard. It confused him. The turtle was a female looking to lay eggs and was stressed, cowering under our hose. My dad moved her back out into the tree line to keep the dog from harassing her. The poor girl… She wasn’t having it.

Good call. Imagine if you were in the delivery room and a dog  (even the cutest puppy) came to sniff ya. I wouldn’t have it either.. I’m pretty sure I’d be a little pissed of the hospital staff scooped me up with a shovel and moved me to another room.. but hey in this scenario I’d be thankful 😀

yotey:

Yesterday our dog, Sam found a snapping turtle in the back yard. It confused him. The turtle was a female looking to lay eggs and was stressed, cowering under our hose. My dad moved her back out into the tree line to keep the dog from harassing her. The poor girl… She wasn’t having it.

Good call. Imagine if you were in the delivery room and a dog  (even the cutest puppy) came to sniff ya. I wouldn’t have it either.. I’m pretty sure I’d be a little pissed of the hospital staff scooped me up with a shovel and moved me to another room.. but hey in this scenario I’d be thankful 😀

yotey:

Yesterday our dog, Sam found a snapping turtle in the back yard. It confused him. The turtle was a female looking to lay eggs and was stressed, cowering under our hose. My dad moved her back out into the tree line to keep the dog from harassing her. The poor girl… She wasn’t having it.