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Meyers Is Sole Private Sector Spokesman At Upcoming H.R. 669 Hearing

The CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council will testify at the H.R. 669 hearing.

By the SmallAnimalChannel News Division
Posted: April 20, 2009, 8:15 p.m. EDT

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Marshall Meyers, CEO and general counsel of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, will be the sole private sector spokesperson at Thursday’s hearing (April 23, 2009) on H.R. 669, PIJAC reported.

Moreover, the trade group reports that Congressional staff members “have contacted special interest groups outside the pet industry to advise them they are not the intended target of this bill.”

Dubbed the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act, the legislation would mandate that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service create lists of “approved” and “non-approved” species for import into and trade within the United States.

Meyers will be testifying against the bill in its current form.

Among PIJAC’s reasons for opposing the bill is that the prescribed risk assessment process does not consider the socio-economic impact of the bill. In addition, the legislation requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to automatically consider a species “disapproved” until proven to be of no potential risk to native wildlife, economic interests or human or animal health. Moreover, the legislation does not provide adequate resources to conduct such risk assessments.

The legislation could effectively stop trade in many species currently kept as pets, including most ornamental fish (such as koi), most reptiles, most birds and many small mammals, such as hamsters and ferrets.

PIJAC reminded interested parties to continue voicing their opposition to the legislation as the hearing approaches.

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We need to support PIJAC. I have been in the pet business for nearly 40 years and this takes the cake. Back in the 70's they banned baby turtles unjustly...where are we going? This will cause a
tremendous economic disaster that will not only be effected by bird and reptile owners and retailers but most pet store in the pet industry....what next Big Brother?
Ric, The Villages, FL
Posted: 4/23/2009 10:34:19 AM
It sucks... cannnot get connected@!@! Am told not available@#!@!!
Debby, Auburn, IN
Posted: 4/23/2009 9:10:25 AM
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sal, la, CA
Posted: 4/22/2009 3:23:52 AM
Just another example of Big Brother controlling the people. These pets are cherished by their owners, and the economy is bad enough, passing this bill would put businesses under and create even more turmoil for the people. Who comes up with these stupid ideas,if they want to do something productive put the puppy mills out of business leave those alone who love their pets.
Carrie, Wheaton, IL
Posted: 4/21/2009 8:36:50 AM
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