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Thread: I need your help! Making an S. 373 FAQ

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    Hi,
    I'm reaching out to the users of various forums to find out what your questions are concerning S. 373. I am going to compile these questions and create an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to be distributed by USARK.

    If you have any questions about S. 373 regarding the implications and legalities of the bill, please post them here.

    Thanks!
    Jonathan Brady

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    Default Re: I need your help! Making an S. 373 FAQ

    My only question is will the CBO and COC"s be taken into consideration at all in this matter?

    That was a nice couple rays of hope and I'd like to know if that is going to help in any way.

    Also, what about the CBO's input on HR 2811? Didn't sound too promising.

    Only question I suppose is FAQ worthy, is, "Are there being good turnouts from the Reptile Nation in this fight? Is there an area that USARK, NATPET, PIJAC needs more help in?

    Thanks Brady
    Last edited by 2kdime; 12-20-2009 at 04:59 PM.
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    Default Re: I need your help! Making an S. 373 FAQ

    Trevor,
    I can't see how people can ignore the recommendation of the Chamber of Commerce. In fact, from my understanding, it's already been the straw that broke the camels back in a few cases. So, it's already working!!!! You can thank USARK for reaching out to the COC for their support.

    As for the CBO, that request went horribly wrong. Too many people did the wrong thing and begged the person at the CBO to put an end to S. 373 when they had nothing to do with it. Their only purpose was to collect economic data. Additionally, someone sent a virus to them which crashed their system. It's unknown whether it was intentional or accidental, but what they took away from it was that our industry is full of people who can't follow directions, and who may or may not be malicious. Not a good message to send, unfortunately.

    From talking to Andrew, at this point he doesn't know how the CBO thing is going to turn out. He's hoping that they got all the info they needed from the emails prior to their system crashing. If not, that could work against us HEAVILY.

    As for what else can be done; try to do something daily. The order of impact from lowest to highest is:
    email
    phone call / letter (I put these as even as it depends on which office you're working)
    in person visit

    You can also tap your friends and family members to help. In fact, USARK is working on a holiday campaign AS I TYPE that should have massive impact!!! When Andrew told me about it, my eyes lit up! It's perfect!

    I've received numerous questions on other forums to clarify what I'm looking for. Here's a reply I posted on another forum to help.



    I'm looking for "talking points" and education points on the topic of S. 373. I'm still working on the FAQ, but this is taken from it, in its current state:

    What are some of the potential penalties of violating the Lacey Act?
    - For animals whose value is $350 or less, violators may be assessed a civil penalty by the Secretary of not more than $10,000 for each violation, in each territory including the original territory. For example, if a person transports 5 Burmese pythons from North Carolina to Florida, they could be subject to 20 violations (4 states X 5 animals) up to $10,000 each, or $200,000.
    - In the case of transactions for animals whose value is $350 or more, violators shall be fined under a criminal penalty no more than $20,000 for each violation, and/or 5-year imprisonment, in each territory including the original territory. Using the example above, the maximum financial penalty is $400,000 and the maximum prison sentence is 100 years.
    - In the case of transport for animals whose value is $350 or more, violators shall be fined under a criminal penalty no more than $10,000 for each violation, and/or 1-year imprisonment, in each territory including the original territory. Using the example above, the maximum financial penalty is $200,000 and the maximum prison sentence is 20 years.
    - Forfeiture of the animals listed in the Lacey Act, which were transported in violation of the act.
    - Seizure of the vessel used to transport the animals (car, boat, airplane, etc.)
    I'm not asking for all of the info in the answer, just the questions. If you'd like to volunteer the answer WITH the question, feel free!

    The reason I decided to put this together is because there are SO many people who are misinformed about this piece of legislation. These people are willing to fight for their (and our) rights, but often their efforts are for nothing as they don't know what they're fighting against. For example, some people are writing letters, emails, and making phone calls asking their elected officials not to BAN the private ownership of their animals. That's not what S. 373 does, so asking their elected officials to do that is pointless and a waste of their well-intentioned efforts. Does that help to illustrate what I'm trying to do?



    jb

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    That about wrapped every bit of my questions up Jonathan!

    I would LOVE To hear more about the HOLIDAY campaign!

    Will there be a USARK email going out about it?
    My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.

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    Default Re: I need your help! Making an S. 373 FAQ

    Quote Originally Posted by 2kdime View Post
    I would LOVE To hear more about the HOLIDAY campaign!

    Will there be a USARK email going out about it?
    Yes sir!

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    Default Re: I need your help! Making an S. 373 FAQ

    You rock man


    Quote Originally Posted by USARK.Jonathan.Brady View Post
    Yes sir!
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    Default Re: I need your help! Making an S. 373 FAQ

    the only question i have is what can i do to get involved with this i really am interested in getting involved and will do anything i can to help

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