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    Congressional Call In- Stop HR2811 Python Ban!
    Please join the Reptile Nation in a Congressional Call In Opposing HR2811 aka The Python Ban November 2, 3 & 4. If you value your Boas & Pythons you will participate and encourage your entire sphere of influence to do the same. There is a Hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism & Homeland Security scheduled for November 5th. Please call in and OPPOSE HR2811.

    As originally written HR2811 would add the entire genus python to the Injurious Wildlife List of the Lacey Act. This would effectively end the Import, Export and Interstate Transport of any animals listed. In July USARK was successful in narrowing the scope of the bill by removing most pythons with an amendment offered by Congressman Tom Rooney. The amendment would limit the bill to the Burmese Python and the African Python. In addition committee staff agreed in principle to further amend the bill to allow the captive bred trade in these two snakes to continue. To date this promise has not been kept and the HR2811 has not been amended to allow for captive bred trade.

    Meanwhile the USGS Risk Assessment of 9 Large Constricting Snakes has been released. The Humane Society of the United States is lobbying hard to have HR2811 amended to include the entire genus python, as well as the four species of anaconda, and Boa Constrictor referred to in the USGS report. Do not assume that HSUS will not be successful in getting HR2811 amended to reflect these changes. Only USARK and the Reptile Nation stand between HSUS and the destruction of our community.

    Our science experts have done a cursory analysis of the USGS report and characterize it as “…loose with numerous mistakes and inaccuracies. It is an oversimplification of a very complicated topic.” The bottom line is it is not the solid piece of science HSUS wanted to use as a tool to break the back of our community. However that has not stopped them from mischaracterizing it as just that.

    What can I do?

    ***November 2,3 & 4 Call In and Fax the Subcommittee and voice your opposition to HR2811. Be polite & professional!

    My name is____. I oppose HR2811. It is overly simplistic and politically driven. It is poorly thought out and sacrifices good science for political expediency. The negative economic impact for my family and business would be significant. Please oppose HR2811. Thank you for your consideration.

    Call List:

    Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Sponsor
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-4506; fax 202-226-0777
    Miami: phone 305-690-5905; fax 305-690-5951


    Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-1313; fax 202-225-8398
    Ft. Lauderdale: phone 954-733-2800

    Congressman John Lewis (D-GA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3801; fax 202-225-0351
    Atlanta: phone 404-659-0116

    Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3001; fax 202-225-5974
    Boca Raton: phone 561-988-6302; fax 561-988-6423

    Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (HI-2)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-4906; fax 202-225-4987
    Honolulu: phone 808-541-1986

    Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-5792; fax 202-225-3132
    Punta Gorda: phone 941-575-9101; fax 941-575-9103

    Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism & Homeland Security:

    Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-8351; fax 202-225-8354
    Richmond: phone 804-644-4845

    Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3072; fax 202-225-3336
    San Jose: phone 408-271-8700

    Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3816; fax 202-225-3317
    Houston: phone 713-691-4882

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-2201; fax 202-225-7854
    Los Angeles: phone 323-757-8900

    Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3265; fax 202-225-5663
    Memphis: phone 901-544-4131

    Congressman Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-2615; fax 202-225-2154
    San Juan: phone 787-723-6333

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-5431; fax 202-225-9681
    Roanoke: phone 540-857-2672

    Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-5716; fax 202-226-1298
    Gold River: phone 916-859-9906

    Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-3035; fax 202-226-1230
    Tyler: phone 903-561-6349

    Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-6565; fax 202-225-5547
    Beaumont: phone 409-212-1997

    Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-6365; fax 202-226-1170
    Chesapeake: 757-382-0080; fax 757-382-0780

    Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-5635
    New York: phone 212-367-7350

    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-7931; fax 202-226-2052
    Pembroke Pines: phone 954-437-3936; fax 954-437-4776

    Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-6616
    Brooklyn: phone 718-743-0441

    Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL)
    Washington DC: phone 202-225-4061; fax 202-225-5603
    Chicago: phone 773-267-5926; fax 773-267-6583

  • #2
    re: Get off your butt and call your local congressman to oppose H.R. 2811!!

    just finished calling through the list again. everyone i talked to was polite or at least not irritated when i mentioned the python ban.

    please make sure you focus especially on the democrats! they are the ones who have historically voted FOR this kind of garbage!

    make sure you mention this is a FLORIDA problem, and, even more importantly, that the bill is based on INACCURATE information and would really only result in LOST JOBS, not 'protection of native species,' which is the 'intent.'

    thanks to everyone who's calling, and for those who aren't, if this goes through, IT'S YOUR OWN FAULT, so don't complain!

    *edit* i called my own local congressman as well, and in the DC office, a girl picked up who happened to be from the same (small) college i went to! what are the odds?!?! anyway, my congressman is not on the committee, but i told her to pass along my opposition to the bill for the above mentioned reasons, and if it comes to a vote in the full house, i'd appreciate a 'no' vote. i may have to give her a call back and exchange info... insider connections are ALWAYS a plus!


    • #3
      re: Get off your butt and call your local congressman to oppose H.R. 2811!!

      If you aren't sure who your local Representative is, use this link to find out

      You can also email them through that link.
      "It is not my responsibility to live up to other people's perceptions of who I am. I am only responsible for living up to the standards I set for myself, to be the person I want to be."


      • #4
        re: Get off your butt and call your local congressman to oppose H.R. 2811!!

        I've covered this Avenue as well my Congressman Bill Foster

        As well as a few other primary IL Congressman

        Here is a list Brandon Weik of Summit Reptiles posted else where

        this link in case there are some numbers or names of people that have not been reached out to already. I know we are all busy with other things, but please take a few minutes to see if there is someone you haven't contacted already. The more people each of us get to the better our chances are.

        Phone & Fax Number List

        Liberty Counsel Fax Campaign Key Targets

        Listed below you will find the key targets we have identified for this fax campaign. We
        encourage you to send your own faxes (see instructions below), or utilize our
        system to schedule your faxes.. If you prefer to send your own faxes, follow these steps:
        1. Write your fax message to the individuals you want to fax or use the sample text
        we have provided here. Simply copy and paste this text into your word processing
        2. Use this page for the names of the key fax targets and their fax numbers.
        3. Be sure to address your fax to the target(s), print fax letters and send.

        Option 1
        Title Name
        Party State/Dist. Phone Fax Your Senator_1
        Your Senator_2
        Your Representative
        Rep. Berry Marion D AR_01 202-225-4076 202-225-5602
        Rep. Carney Christopher D PA_10 202-225-3731 202-225-9594
        Rep. Dahlkemper Kathy D PA_03 202-225-5406 202-225-3103
        Rep. Davis Lincoln D TN_04 202-225-6831 202-226-5172
        Rep. Driehaus Steve D OH_01 202-225-2216 202-225-3012 Rep. Holden Tim D PA_17 202-225-5546 202-226-0996
        Rep. Lipinski Dan D IL_03 202-225-5701 202-225-1012
        Rep. Marshall Jim D GA_08 202-225-6531 202-225-3013
        Rep. Melancon Charlie D LA_03 202-225-4031 202-226-3944
        Rep. Mollohan Alan D WV_01 202-225-4172 202-225-7564
        Rep. Oberstar James D MN_08 202-225-6211 202-225-0699
        Rep. Rahall Nick D WV_03 202-225-3452 202-225-9061
        Rep. Ross Michael D AR_04 202-225-3772 202-225-1314
        Rep. Stupak Bart D MI_01 202-225-4735 202-225-4744
        Rep. Wilson Charles D OH_06 202-225-5705 202-225-5907
        Option 2
        All of the above plus the following:
        Rep. Altmire Jason D PA_04 202-225-2565 202-226-2274
        Rep. Boccieri John D OH_16 202-225-3876 202-225-3059
        Rep. Boren Dan D OK_02 202-225-2701 202-225-3038
        Rep. Boswell Leonard D IA_03 202-225-3806 202-225-5608
        Rep. Childers Travis D MS_01 202-225-4306 202-225-3549
        Rep. Costello Jerry D IL_12 202-225-5661 202-225-0285
        Rep. Cuellar Henry D TX_28 202-225-1640 202-225-1641
        Rep. Griffith Parker D AL_05 202-225-4801 202-225-4392
        Rep. Hill Baron D IN_09 202-225-5315 202-226-6866
        Rep. Kaptur Marcy D OH_09 202-225-4146 202-225-7711
        Rep. Kildee Dale D MI_05 202-225-3611 202-225-6393
        Rep. Murtha John D PA_12 202-225-2065 202-225-5709
        Rep. Peterson Collin D MN_07 202-225-2165 202-225-1593
        Rep. Ryan Tim D OH_17 202-225-5261 202-225-3719
        Rep. Shuler Heath D NC_11 202-225-6401 202-226-6422
        Rep. Tanner John D TN_08 202-225-4714 202-225-1765
        Rep. Taylor Gene D MS_04 202-225-5772 202-225-7074
        Rep. Cleaver Emanuel D MO_05 202-225-4535 202-225-4403
        Option 3
        All of the above plus the following:
        Rep. Aderholt Robert R AL_04 202-225-4876 202-225-5587
        Rep. Akin Todd R MO_02 202-225-2561 202-225-2563
        Rep. Alexander Rodney R LA_05 202-225-8490 202-225-5639
        Rep. Arcuri Michael D NY_24 202-225-3665 202-225-1891
        Rep. Baca Joe D CA_43 202-225-6161 202-225-8671
        Rep. Bachmann Michele R MN_06 202-225-2331 202-225-6475
        Rep. Barrett Gresham R SC_03 202-225-5301 202-225-3216
        Rep. Barrow John D GA_12 202-225-2823 202-225-3377
        Rep. Bartlett Roscoe R MD_06 202-225-2721 202-225-2193
        Rep. Bishop Sanford D GA_02 202-225-3631 202-225-2203
        Rep. Blackburn Marsha R TN_07 202-225-2811 202-225-3004
        Rep. Boozman John R AR_03 202-225-4301 202-225-5713
        Rep. Boyd Allen D FL_02 202-225-5235 202-225-5615
        Rep. Bright Bobby D AL_02 202-225-2901 202-225-8913
        Rep. Broun Paul R GA_10 202-225-4101 202-226-0776
        Rep. Camp Dave R MI_04 202-225-3561 202-225-9679
        Rep. Cantor Eric R VA_07 202-225-2815 202-225-0011
        Rep. Cardoza Dennis D CA_18 202-225-6131 202-225-0819
        Rep. Chandler Ben D KY_06 202-225-4706 202-225-2122
        Rep. Conaway Mike R TX_11 202-225-3605 202-225-1783
        Rep. Cooper Jim D TN_05 202-225-4311 202-226-1035
        Rep. Costa Jim D CA_20 202-225-3341 202-225-9308
        Rep. Davis Arthur D AL_07 202-225-2665 202-226-9567
        Rep. Davis Geoff R KY_04 202-225-3465 202-225-0003
        Rep. Dingell John D MI_15 202-225-4071 202-226-0371
        Rep. Ehlers Vernon R MI_03 202-225-3831 202-225-5144
        Rep. Ellsworth Brad D IN_08 202-225-4636 202-225-3284
        Rep. Emerson Jo Ann R MO_08 202-225-4404 202-226-0326
        Rep. Fallin Mary R OK_05 202-225-2132 202-226-1463
        Rep. Forbes J. R VA_04 202-225-6365 202-226-1170
        Rep. Foxx Virginia R NC_05 202-225-2071 202-225-2995
        Rep. Franks Trent R AZ_02 202-225-4576 202-225-6328
        Rep. Garrett E. R NJ_05 202-225-4465 202-225-9048
        Rep. Giffords Gabrielle D AZ_08 202-225-2542 202-225-0378
        Rep. Gingrey Phil R GA_11 202-225-2931 202-225-2944
        Rep. Gohmert Louie R TX_01 202-225-3035 202-226-1230
        Rep. Gordon Bart D TN_06 202-225-4231 202-225-6887
        Rep. Harman Jane D CA_36 202-225-8220 202-226-7290
        Rep. Harper Gregg R MS_03 202-225-5031 202-225-5797
        Rep. Herseth Sandlin Stephanie D SD_01 202-225-2801 202-225-5823
        Rep. Hoekstra Peter R MI_02 202-225-4401 202-226-0779
        Rep. Johnson Sam R TX_03 202-225-4201 202-225-1485
        Rep. Jones Walter R NC_03 202-225-3415 202-225-3286
        Rep. Jordan Jim R OH_04 202-225-2676 202-226-0577
        Rep. King Steve R IA_05 202-225-4426 202-225-3193
        Rep. Kirkpatrick Ann D AZ_01 202-225-2315 202-226-9739
        Rep. Kline John R MN_02 202-225-2271 202-225-2595
        Rep. Kratovil Frank D MD_01 202-225-5311 202-225-0254
        Rep. Lamborn Doug R CO_05 202-225-4422 202-226-2638
        Rep. Manzullo Donald R IL_16 202-225-5676 202-225-5284
        Rep. Markey Betsy D CO_04 202-225-4676 202-225-5870
        Rep. Matheson James D UT_02 202-225-3011 202-225-5638
        Rep. McCotter Thaddeus R MI_11 202-225-8171 202-225-2667
        Rep. McHenry Patrick R NC_10 202-225-2576 202-225-0316
        Rep. McIntyre Mike D NC_07 202-225-2731 202-225-5773
        Rep. Michaud Mike D ME_02 202-225-6306 202-225-2943
        Rep. Miller Jeff R FL_01 202-225-4136 202-225-3414
        Rep. Minnick Walter D ID_01 202-225-6611 202-225-3029
        Rep. Mitchell Harry D AZ_05 202-225-2190 202-225-3263
        Rep. Moore Dennis D KS_03 202-225-2865 202-225-2807
        Rep. Murphy Patrick D PA_08 202-225-4276 202-225-9511
        Rep. Neugebauer Randy R TX_19 202-225-4005 202-225-9615
        Rep. Nye Glenn D VA_02 202-225-4215 202-225-4218
        Rep. Paulsen Erik R MN_03 202-225-2871 202-225-6351
        Rep. Pence Mike R IN_06 202-225-3021 202-225-3382
        Rep. Pitts Joseph R PA_16 202-225-2411 202-225-2013
        Rep. Pomeroy Earl D ND_01 202-225-2611 202-226-0893
        Rep. Roskam Peter R IL_06 202-225-4561 202-225-1166
        Rep. Ryan Paul R WI_01 202-225-3031 202-225-3393
        Rep. Salazar John D CO_03 202-225-4761 202-226-9669
        Rep. Sanchez Loretta D CA_47 202-225-2965 202-225-5859
        Rep. Schiff Adam D CA_29 202-225-4176 202-225-5828
        Rep. Scott David D GA_13 202-225-2939 202-225-4628
        Rep. Skelton Ike D MO_04 202-225-2876 202-225-2695
        Rep. Smith Adrian R NE_03 202-225-6435 202-225-0207
        Rep. Smith Lamar R TX_21 202-225-4236 202-225-8628
        Rep. Space Zack D OH_18 202-225-6265 202-225-3394
        Rep. Thompson Mike D CA_01 202-225-3311 202-225-4335
        Rep. Tiahrt Todd R KS_04 202-225-6216 202-225-3489
        Rep. Turner Mike R OH_03 202-225-6465 202-225-6754
        Rep. Wilson Joe R SC_02 202-225-2452 202-225-2455
        Rep. Wittman Robert R VA_01 202-225-4261 202-225-4382
        Rep. Wolf Frank R VA_10 202-225-5136 202-225-0437
        Rep. Becerra Xavier D CA_31 202-225-6235 202-225-2202
        Rep. Clyburn James D SC_06 202-225-3315 202-225-2313
        Rep. Hoyer Steny D MD_05 202-225-4131 202-225-4300
        Rep. Larson John D CT_01 202-225-2265 202-225-1031

        Lar M
        Boas By Klevitz



        • #5
          Re: Get off your butt and call your local congressman to oppose H.R. 2811!!




          • #6
            Re: Get off your butt and call your local congressman to oppose H.R. 2811!!

            I've sent my faxes and made my calls to the DC offices and will be calling the home offices of everyone on the list (including my local congressman) at 12:00pm EST.

            What have you done?

            Use this extra day we've been granted!