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The American Federation Of Aviculture Inc. And Other Animal Groups Oppose H.R. 669

The American Federation of Aviculture Inc. and other animal groups urged pet owners to contact representatives participating in a hearing on H.R. 669 and ask that the bill be killed.

By BirdChannel News Division
Posted: April 10, 2009, 8:00 p.m. EDT

H.R. 669 would be devastating to bird owners
Photo courtesy of Melissa Bellande, FL
H.R. 669 is a bill that bans possession, import or export to the U.S. transport between states or breeding of nonnative species in the U.S.

The American Federation of Aviculture Inc. (AFA), the Avicultural Society of America (ASA) and the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) issued an action alert together that opposes H.R. 669, a bill banning most nonnative animals in the United States.

“H.R. 669 is an ‘anti-animal bill’. There is no amendment that can fix this bill,” states the action alert.

H.R. 669 is a bill that bans possession, import or export to the United States, transport between states or breeding of nonnative animal species in the United States.

H.R. 669 excludes some animals from this possible ban, including dogs, cats, horses, goldfish, domestic rabbits and some farm animals. The bill also notes that the Secretary of the Interior can exclude other animal species that are deemed “common and clearly domesticated.” Any species not excluded must go through an assessment process to determine its possible negative impact to the economy, environment, other animal species and human health. Supporters of H.R. 669 believe it prevents harm to these areas from nonnative, invasive species.

The AFA, ASA and NAIA believe that if H.R. 669 passes, “Most nonnative species of animal (i.e. exotic animals) won’t remain in the United States much longer. That means your exotic pet bird, reptile, fish or mammal.”

The action alert urged people to voice opposition to the bill by contacting their representative before April 23, 2009, when the bill will be heard by a subcommittee. It also noted other actions people can take to oppose the bill.

H.R. 669 harms everyone involved with animals — pet owners, breeders, rescuers, rehabilitators, zoos and service or product providers, according to the alert from the AFA, ASA and NAIA.

“The result of this bill will be to put a stop domestic breeding of most endangered or threatened species in the United States for zoos, conservation, or reintroduction programs,” state the AFA, ASA and NAIA.

Both the AFA and ASA are nonprofit national avicultural organizations that educate people about birds, with the AFA focusing on captive birds. The NAIA is an alliance of various groups that promote animal welfare.

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This is not a good bill. I wonder what happened to it.
Dee, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 5/23/2010 2:46:18 PM
It seems that out elected offiv=cials have nothing better to do with thier time. NOW if any of them had birds, would they be exempt from this law, or would they just be looked over?
ARX, LAkeland, FL
Posted: 6/17/2009 7:50:18 AM
I understand that parrots are not domesticated even though they have been kept as pets for hundreds of years.If this law would protect the environment that these wonderful birds are native to,- wouldn't it be a good thing too? So many of these birds have been rescued after being "pets" perhaps this is the time to save them as a species to live out their lives in their natural habitat.?
Meladee, Kamloops, BC
Posted: 6/2/2009 4:37:44 PM
First the government tells us women can't vote, then they tell us what we can & can't do w/ our bodies, & now they're trying to tell us what or who we choose to care for & love. I have parrots-some re-homed,geese-rescued, a horse-rescued, a donkey-rescued, 3 cats-adopted & they are my kids.
Stay out of our lives & houses. Let us take care of our pets like you should be watching our for us.
laura, claverack, NY
Posted: 5/25/2009 8:41:50 AM
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