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  • I need your help! Making an S. 373 FAQ

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

    here are some i think need addressed...

    - how will banning interstate transport hurt the industry? you can still buy and sell within the state, afterall...

    - why will it hurt the various support industries (caging and rats) if you can still breed and keep in your own state?

    - i don't keep any of those types of animals, so why should i care?

    - isn't the USGS a credible agency?

    - won't this help the problem in the everglades and keep them from spreading elsewhere?

    - why will currently owned animals become essentially worthless overnight?

    - how likely is this bill to pass? (i've been told by a senator's aide that the bill isn't likely to pass at all, let alone get voted on, and there aren't any related bills that this one could be attached to)


    there are many more, i'm sure...

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    • #3
      Re: I need your help! Making an S. 373 FAQ

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

        will euthanasia really be expected of those who have to move out of state,and what will be the legal ramifications on getting caught transporting across state lines?

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        • #5
          Re: I need your help! Making an S. 373 FAQ

          Good questions Josh! Both will be addressed in the FAQ. For the answer about legal ramifications, see the post above yours that I made and look in the quote box. It gives the possible repercussions of transporting animals across state lines.
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