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    US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373

    WILMINGTON, NC, December 16--In a letter addressed to the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works the US Chamber of Commerce takes a position opposing S. 373 that echoes the position of the United States Association of Reptile Keepers. The bill ostensibly written to address the issue of feral Burmese pythons in the Everglades is overreaching and circumvents the scientific listing process called for by the Lacey Act through the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

    USARK believes that Burmese pythons have been sensationalized in the media and S. 373 has become overly politicized. USARK president Andrew Wyatt stated, “I don’t think there is any doubt that the Humane Society of the United States is trying to highjack this bill and use it as a tool to destroy the trade in high quality captive bred reptiles”. The HSUS has a long standing ideological position opposing all reptiles in captivity. They have lobbied extensively to pass as broad a version of S. 373 as possible.

    As written, S. 373 would not achieve its stated goal of addressing the problem of feral pythons in the Everglades. It would, however, have a tremendous impact on the trade of captive bred reptiles in the US and abroad including a number of pythons and Boa constrictor. The trade in captive bred reptiles is a $3 billion a year industry and US exports account for 82% of trade worldwide. S. 373 if passed would be devastating. Thousands of jobs would be lost and scores of small family owned businesses would be bankrupted.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, opposes S. 373. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, “if enacted in its current form, this legislation would adversely impact tens of thousands of businesses”. The Chamber goes on to state that, “If, however, Congress intends to pass a ban to limit the import of the Burmese Python, then it is essential that the proposed ban be drafted as narrowly as possible”.

    Lar M
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    wow you beat me to it....

    its good news.....

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      Re: US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373 - USARK Update

      Yes its very good News , we'll keep plugging away and we'll get there yet

      Lar M
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        Re: US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373 - USARK Update

        I was as happy as all of you to see this in my inbox tonight.

        This is better news than what I have been seeing lately.

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          Re: US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373 - USARK Update

          We need to put this in our emails, letters and faxes right away!

          We need to bring this up when talking face to face or on the phone with our representatives.

          It's definitely good news!

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            Re: US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373 - USARK Update

            Finaly HSUS and there budies get a kick in the biscuts. Let's get em while there down.

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              Re: US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373 - USARK Update

              This might be the best news I've heard so far! This should definitely be brought up to every congressman you communicate with. To have a govt agency as big as the US chamber of commerce on our side is great. We have to fight just as hard to make sure everybody knows they're against this bill.
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                Re: US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373 - USARK Update

                This is AWESOME news!!

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                  this is the best news i have herd in months!

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                    Re: US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373 - USARK Update

                    Originally posted by DIRTY SHOOTER View Post
                    We need to put this in our emails, letters and faxes right away!

                    We need to bring this up when talking face to face or on the phone with our representatives.

                    It's definitely good news!

                    My thoughts exactly!

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                      Re: US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373 - USARK Update

                      This is one that needs FAXED or delivered IN-PERSON to your senators' offices!


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                      • #12
                        Re: US Chamber of Commerce Opposes S373 - USARK Update

                        Finally something good to hear in the midst of this battle. This should be a good start.

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