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    this is the letter i will be mass-producing and having people sign at the ohio reptile show this weekend. i will personally deliver them to each of the senators' columbus offices some time next week.

    copy and paste this letter into a word processor, and edit it as-needed.

    print it. make copies.

    have others sign it (with address) and deliver them in-person to your senator's local office! if that is not possible, fax them!

    -------------------------------------------------------------
    Senator

    Please vote NO on S373, “The Python Ban.”

    S373 (as well as the House version, HR2811) is seeking to add all 40 species from the genus Python to the Lacey Act. By the time this bill reaches the Senate floor, it will also likely include the “Big 9 Constrictors,” which would include, among others, the Boa constrictor.

    By adding these animals to the Lacey Act, it would become a violation of federal law to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase these animals internationally or across state lines.

    These bills are an attempt to halt the spread of the Burmese python in the Everglades, as well as prevent the establishment of other species of snakes. S373 and HR2811 are based on two studies released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that predict the spread of the Burmese python to the lower 1/3 of the US and classify the “Big 9 Constrictors” as “medium” to “high” risk for establishment.

    Simply put, these USGS reports are bad science. In a recent letter to Congress (see attached), a group of independent biologists and herpetologists (including National Geographic’s Dr. Brady Barr) have criticized these USGS reports as “unscientific” and “not suitable as the basis for legislative or regulatory policies.” They go on to say, “its content is not based on best scientific practices, it has not gone through external peer-review, and it diverts attention away from the primary concern.”

    Please consider the report published by researchers from the City University of New York in 1998 entitled: Claims of Potential Expansion throughout the U.S. by Invasive Python Species are Contradicted by Ecological Niche Models (summarized in attached news article). Using 19 factors, the researchers concluded that the Burmese pythons would be unable to survive - let alone thrive - outside of the Everglades National Park. The USGS report used only 2 factors. It is a gross overrepresentation of the facts.

    Unfortunately, media hype and the general public’s unsubstantiated fear of snakes has contributed to the misconceptions about these amazing creatures, and made unfounded legislation like this easier to pass.

    Please make no mistake; in an industry that thrives on online sales and large conventions attended by thousands of people from all over the nation, these bills will decimate a 3 billion dollar per year industry and render tens of thousands of hard working Americans out of work.

    Ohio will not escape this fate. There are a number of medium sized businesses within the state that rely on the right to sell the beautiful animals they produce.

    In summary, please vote NO on S373. This bill is NOT based on accurate science. The foundation for S373 (and HR2811) has been criticized by a group of well-known, independent scientists as being “drafted to support a predetermined policy.” They also say, “it is a misrepresentation to call the USGS document ‘scientific’”. There is scientific proof available that directly contradicts the claims made by proponents of the bill. It will put tens of thousands of people out of work - including many in Ohio - in an already struggling economy.

    Respectfully,

    ________________________________

    ________________________________

    ________________________________
    Last edited by dangles; 12-09-2009, 11:05 AM.

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    Consider it done! I'm taking the day off from work today to work on this matter. (Yes, it's that important to me!) Getting to my Senator's office will be a challenge, but I will fax it.

    Let's move people! We've got work to do and little time to do it in!

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    • #3
      Re: letter barrage to senators

      i made a couple minor fixes to it, mike. so make sure you re-copy and re-paste it.

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by dangles View Post
        i made a couple minor fixes to it, mike. so make sure you re-copy and re-paste it.
        Roger that. Thanks, man!

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        • #5
          Re: letter barrage to senators

          Letter faxed!

          Thanks, Chris!


          Fight!

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          • #6
            Re: letter barrage to senators

            Bump it up! Get it done!

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            • #7
              Re: letter barrage to senators

              I'll keep repeating myself contact you states U.S. Senators

              Lar M
              Boas By Klevitz

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              • #8
                Re: letter barrage to senators

                I was in the middle of drafting a letter of my own, but yours was much more eloquent and had all of the info I wanted to convey. Thanks for the verbiage, it's been sent to both Ohio senators.

                I'll be at the show tomorrow, so I hope to see you there. Keep your eye out for a bearded guy with ***-long dreads and a Cosby sweater.
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                • #9
                  Re: letter barrage to senators

                  here's an updated letter. i have adjusted it in light of the 'big 9' amendment.

                  there are 3 locations that you need to insert your own information in (not including the signature place on the bottom for name and address). they are denoted by red letters.

                  IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, DELIVER THESE IN-PERSON! it will have a much greater effect!


                  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  Senator (insert senator’s name),

                  Please vote NO on S373, “The Python Ban.”

                  S373 (as well as the House version, HR2811) is seeking to add 9 large constrictor snakes, including the Boa constrictor, to the Lacey Act, which would make it a violation of federal law to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase these animals internationally or across state lines.

                  These bills are an attempt to halt the spread of the Burmese python in the Everglades, as well as prevent the establishment of other species of snakes. S373 and HR2811 are based on two studies released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that predict the spread of the Burmese python to the lower 1/3 of the US and classify the “Big 9 Constrictors” as “medium” to “high” risk for establishment.

                  Simply put, these USGS reports are bad science. In a recent letter to Congress (see attached), a group of independent biologists and herpetologists (including National Geographic’s Dr. Brady Barr) have criticized these USGS reports as “unscientific” and “not suitable as the basis for legislative or regulatory policies.” They go on to say, “its content is not based on best scientific practices, it has not gone through external peer-review, and it diverts attention away from the primary concern.”

                  Please consider the report published by researchers from the City University of New York in 1998 entitled: Claims of Potential Expansion throughout the U.S. by Invasive Python Species are Contradicted by Ecological Niche Models (summarized in attached news article). Using 19 factors, the researchers concluded that the Burmese pythons would be unable to survive - let alone thrive - outside of the Everglades National Park. The USGS report used only 2 factors. It is a gross overrepresentation of the facts.

                  Unfortunately, media hype and the general public’s unsubstantiated fear of snakes has contributed to the misconceptions about these amazing creatures, and made unfounded legislation like this easier to pass.

                  Please make no mistake; in an industry that thrives on online sales and large conventions attended by thousands of people from all over the nation, these bills will decimate a 3 billion dollar per year industry and render tens of thousands of hard working Americans out of work.

                  (insert your state here) will not escape this fate. There are a number of medium sized businesses within the state that rely on the right to sell the beautiful animals they produce.

                  In summary, please vote NO on S373. This bill is NOT based on accurate science. The foundation for S373 (and HR2811) has been criticized by a group of well-known, independent scientists as being “drafted to support a predetermined policy.” They also say, “it is a misrepresentation to call the USGS document ‘scientific’”. There is scientific proof available that directly contradicts the claims made by proponents of the bill. It will put tens of thousands of people out of work - including many in our own state of (insert your state here) - in an already struggling economy.

                  Respectfully,

                  ________________________________

                  ________________________________

                  ________________________________

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                  • #10
                    Re: letter barrage to senators

                    Lets work hard and take advantage of Chris's hard work on these letters

                    Print them up and send them off but first FAX them to your U.S. Senators
                    then send them snail mail

                    Lar M
                    Boas By Klevitz

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                    • #11
                      Re: letter barrage to senators

                      Thanks for the updated letter, Chris!

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                      • #12
                        Re: letter barrage to senators

                        Great letter and if anyone can ad their own personal touch ,their story.
                        How this law will impact them,their lives their income, even better.

                        Lar M
                        Boas By Klevitz

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                        • #13
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                          just got back from the all-ohio reptile show...

                          i was AMAZED how many people have NOT heard of this legislation!

                          GUYS, GIRLS, THIS IS NOT GOOD!

                          i was able to get some people signed up for the USARK email list as well as a few new bronze-level members.

                          i also got 107 letters signed for each of the ohio senators that i will be delivering to the capitol-building in-person on wednesday.

                          this is NOT meant to "blow my own horn." i just want to let you all know how much NEEDS to be done!

                          i should be the RULE, not the EXCEPTION to the rule!

                          i've been getting frustrated lately with the LACK of involvement by many people. for those who have been doing what they can, THANK YOU!

                          for those who have been sitting on their duffs, GET THIS DONE! you have NO idea how close this is to being passed!

                          our senators have almost NO idea what this bill is about, and how DEVASTATING it will be to the reptile nation!

                          so........

                          WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

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                          • #14
                            Re: letter barrage to senators

                            My letter is on the way
                            http://www.iherp.com/topshelfmorphs

                            http://www.facebook.com/boidsohio

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                              Re: letter barrage to senators

                              Me and a couple guys I know by me are planning a trip to Chicago to talk with
                              Sen Durbin and then also Sen Burris both Democrats

                              Sen Durbin is the most important of the 2 he is
                              Assistant Majority Leader Richard/D!ck Durbin (D-IL)

                              (D!ck) to avoid edit

                              One of the guys may have a contact through work that
                              could get us closer to Durbin

                              Lar M
                              Boas By Klevitz

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