West Virginia Action Alert
Deadline August 1 at Noon
Links to the Action Alerts and more information can be found atwww.usark.org/2014-blog/west-virginia-dwa/.
Thanks to grassroots efforts in WV, hundreds of residents have already contacted officials and made an impact. Now it is time for another push of comments. The deadline is August 1 at noon. The fight continues…
The Chairperson of the WV DWA (Dangerous Wild Animals) Board said she wants the subcommittee to begin again and create a new list with fewer species. However, the entire process has been severely flawed and conducted carelessly. The original proposed list of DWAs included thousands of species due to bias from designated officials against harmless, exotic and non-traditional pets.
Please join the WV Chapter of USARC group at www.facebook.com/pages/WV-Chapter-of-USARC/747291521995383 for frequent updates.
Photo with Brazilian Rainbow boa © M. W. Meador PhotographyWe’re making a difference!WV Residents can submit their comments here.Non-WV residents can submit their comments here.If you don’t remember this very recent issue, some history:USARK has remained active in West Virginia after the passing of their Dangerous Wild Animals Act. The final proposed list of animals to be listed includes thousands of species. The 5 page list includes entire Orders and Families, rather than just single species. Common pets on the list include all Tetra fish, hamsters (only one species is excluded), hedgehogs, all turtles and tortoises (except WV native species), all salamanders and newts, ferrets, all Goby fish, Sugar gliders and many more. The list can be viewed at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/WV-DWA-List-and-Comment.pdf. Pet keepers with these species will be subject to a $100 annual permit per animal, among other restrictions.
It would take 64 pages to list individually all the reptile and amphibian species proposed to be banned by WV Prop. Rule 61-30. (That’s on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, single spaced, small font, with one line for the scientific and common name for each species). There are 1008 reptiles and 2185 amphibians included in the proposed ban. Reptiles and amphibians occupy less than 20% of the space on the proposed list. The list also includes broad scientific categories of birds, crayfish, snails, fish and mammals.This fight continues and the 30 day comment period began last week (as we announced on Facebook HERE). Please join WV USARC group at www.facebook.com/pages/WV-Chapter-of-USARC/747291521995383 for updates, information and steps to help.
Thanks to the dedicated work of Rick Stanley, Jennifer Phillips Ozzbourne, the Meador family and numerous other WV herpers, efforts already have a solid foundation and continue to increase.