Please follow this link and take 10 minutes to do your part to save the hobby. Deadline for public comment is February 21st! www.usark.org/action-alert/usfws-categorical-exclusion-2/ Categorical Exclusion is the single greatest threat to the exotic hobby that we have ever faced. It will directly effect the keeping of reptiles, amphibians, aves, fish, and mammals. Under Categorical Exlcusion (Cat Ex) the USFWS will have the power to add species as injurious wildlife to the Lacey Act without due process of law and without ANY scientific founding! You will not be allowed to cross state lines with your pet. The entire exotic industry will be forever crippled. It is not enough to sit back and pretend to be compassionate about the animals you care for... take 10 minutes and act! ACTION ALERT: Cat Ex Deadline is 2/21/14 Now is the time to be LOUD! This rule would allow USFWS to add species as injurious (making importation, interstate commerce and interstate transportation illegal) without full due process afforded under the law. This affects reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, small mammals and a huge portion of the pet industry. Any species listed would disappear from the pet community. Spread this information to all pet owners and protect your freedoms. The U.S. Government needs to hear your voices! Remember to be civil and professional in any correspondence. This “Categorical Exclusion” would make USFWS exempt from NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) requirements. Note: This is a new comment submission format, so comment even if you have previously. You can view the Action Alert with 4 steps on how to support your herp and exotic pet community at www.usark.org/action-alert/usfws-categorical-exclusion-2/ ACTION ALERTS: STATE LEVEL Your legislators need to hear from you! Wisconsin AB 703: This bill gives the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rulemaking power (no public input) to add any species of animal as “harmful wild animal.” View the ACTION ALERT at www.usark.org/uncategorized/2014-wisconsin-assembly-bill-703/. West Virginia House Bill 4393: The bill seeks to form a Dangerous Wild Animal Board which will have rulemaking authority (no public input) to list any species as a “dangerous wild animal.” View the Action Alert at www.usark.org/2014-blog/2014-west-virginia-house-bill-4393/. West Virginia Senate Bill 428: The bill seeks to form a Dangerous Wild Animal Board which will have rulemaking authority (no public input) to list any species as a “dangerous wild animal.” View the Action Alert at www.usark.org/2014-blog/2014-west-virginia-senate-bill-428/. West Virginia Senate Bill 371: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit the possession of wild and exotic animals (including herps) through a permit system, providing rulemaking authority (no public input) to authorities. View the Action Alert at www.usark.org/2014-blog/2014-west-virginia-sb-371/. Additional State Issues Other 2014 proposed legislation and information can be found at www.usark.org/2014-legislation/. This includes bills in Maryland, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Oregon. This page is updated regularly and makes it easy to follow 2014 issues.