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Meyers Is Sole Private Sector Spokesman At Upcoming H.R. 669 Hearing

The CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council will testify at the H.R. 669 hearing.

By BirdChannel News Division
Posted: April 20, 2009, 8:35 p.m. EDT

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Marshall Meyers, CEO and general counsel of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, will be the sole private sector spokesperson at Thursday’s hearing (April 23, 2009) on H.R. 669, PIJAC reported.

Moreover, the trade group reports that Congressional staff members “have contacted special interest groups outside the pet industry to advise them they are not the intended target of this bill.”

Dubbed the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act, the legislation would mandate that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service create lists of “approved” and “non-approved” species for import into and trade within the United States.

Meyers will be testifying against the bill in its current form.

Among PIJAC’s reasons for opposing the bill is that the prescribed risk assessment process does not consider the socio-economic impact of the bill. In addition, the legislation requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to automatically consider a species “disapproved” until proven to be of no potential risk to native wildlife, economic interests or human or animal health. Moreover, the legislation does not provide adequate resources to conduct such risk assessments.

The legislation could effectively stop trade in many species currently kept as pets, including most ornamental fish (such as koi), most reptiles, most birds and many small mammals, such as hamsters and ferrets.

PIJAC reminded interested parties to continue voicing their opposition to the legislation as the hearing approaches.

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I saw the hearing and want to thank Mr Meyer for being there for everyone!!! He did a great job!!!!
donna, Keizer, OR
Posted: 4/23/2009 11:29:55 AM
For L.A. in Glendale, You know there are many pet as you describe and it is heartbreaking. I have helped some them but not nearly enough. But there is something else that you have forgotten. There are MANY, MANY, MANY more that are not like that. This bill is not about that. Please read this bill and find out what it does say and what it does not say. Your comments are completely off target as pertinent to H.R. 669.
Kevin, Durham, NC
Posted: 4/22/2009 3:15:18 PM
There are a lot of pets sitting in dirty cages, stuffed in the back corner of a chilly room, hungry, bored, and depressed that wish, for the sake of future rodents, birds, dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, and all the other forsaken 'pets', that this bill would pass and put an end to the abuse that started out as love, thanks to the rights of humans who tend to overlook the rights of animals.
L. A., Glendale, CA
Posted: 4/22/2009 11:34:28 AM
I hope this bill doesn't get too far. The President owns an exotic species of dog, what kind of example is that? I love birds and I will be heartbroken if I am not permitted to keep them.
Jill, Indiana, PA
Posted: 4/22/2009 9:59:14 AM
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