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West Virginia Reptile Ban Alert

If you live in West Virginia, and own any sort of reptile (or ever plan to, or have children who do), please help out.

Forwarded from USARK:
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SB477 passed out of the WV House Judiciary Committee on 3/7/12. Yesterday it received it's first reading on the House floor. Today it will receive it's second reading on the House floor. It could be voted on tomorrow 3/10/12. If it does not pass by Saturday at midnight it will be DEAD!
SB477 is poorly written and vague. It could potentially ban all non-native reptiles in WV. It has been rushed through the legislative process avoiding stakeholder input. Don’t let this happen!

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION!!!

Go to Charleston Statehouse:
For those of you following this you know that USARK has been leading a fight in the trenches in Charleston for several weeks, but it is mandatory that more West Virginians get proactive and go to Charleston today and tomorrow. We need boots on the ground right now! Go TODAY!!! Joe Perdue , Greg Stephens and Ron Lanham have lead the fight on the ground so far. They need help. Take off work and go today! Joe Perdue has spent more time in Charleston fighting SB477 than anyone else. Contact Joe for instructions at [email protected] on how to make the most of your visit to Charleston.

Call In Campaign:
Everyone needs to call their Delegates whether they are going to Charleston or not.

Sample Script: (be polite)
I am a WV resident and I want to register my opposition to SB477. The bill is vague, over reaching and addresses a problem that does not exist. It has been rushed through the legislature with zero stakeholder input. It will hurt me and my family. WV DNR does not have the time, resources nor expertise to promulgate rules, nor enforce such a broad law. Please remove all reptiles and vote NO on SB477. Thank you.

Call and email the WV Speaker of the House Thompson first:
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3210
Business Phone: (304) 522-8699
E-mail: [email protected]

8
William Anderson
Republican
Room 151R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3168
14
Troy Andes
Republican
Room 150R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3121
32
Tim Armstead
Republican
Room 264M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3240
11
Bob Ashley
Republican
Room 258M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3185
10
Tom Azinger
Republican
Room 231E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3202
44
Anthony Barill
Democrat
Room 219E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3173
18
Larry W. Barker
Democrat
Room 224E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3149
34
Brent Boggs
Democrat
Room 228M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3220
9
Anna Border
Republican
Room 230E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3136
30
Bonnie Brown
Democrat
Room 207E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3106
19
Greg Butcher
Democrat
Room 219E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3113
37
Denise L. Campbell
Democrat
Room 225E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3145
28
Thomas W. Campbell
Democrat
Room 472M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3280
41
Samuel J. Cann Sr.
Democrat
Room 209E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3118
28
Ray Canterbury
Republican
Room 231E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3131
43
Mike Caputo
Democrat
Room 246M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3249
12
Mitch Carmichael
Republican
Room 258M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3115
51
Daryl Cowles
Republican
Room 6R-A, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3177
15
Kevin J. Craig
Democrat
Room 215E-B, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3350
26
Gerald L. Crosier
Democrat
Room 220E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3188
2
Phil Diserio
Democrat
Room 222E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3367
57
John Doyle
Democrat
Room 202E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3184
54
Walter E. Duke
Republican
Room 151R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3151
10
John N. Ellem
Republican
Room 150R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3394
25
Joe Ellington
Republican
Room 150R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3172
48
Allen V. Evans
Republican
Room 231E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3399
3
Ryan Ferns
Democrat
Room 218E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3270
4
Michael T. Ferro
Democrat
Room 222E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3111
44
Barbara Evans Fleischauer
Democrat
Room 201E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3169
41
Ron Fragale
Democrat
Room 242M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3114
25
John R. Frazier
Democrat
Room 221E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3396
24
Marty Gearheart
Republican
Room 150R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3179
2
Roy Givens
Democrat
Room 221E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3129
30
Nancy Peoples Guthrie
Democrat
Room 206E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3156
22
Daniel J. Hall
Democrat
Room 226E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3119
39
Bill Hamilton
Republican
Room 231E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3167
37
William G. Hartman
Democrat
Room 202E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3178
30
Barbara Hatfield
Democrat
Room 214E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3140
56
Eric L. Householder
Republican
Room 150R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3274
49
Gary G. Howell
Republican
Room 4R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3191
30
Mark Hunt
Democrat
Room 400M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3392
41
Richard J. Iaquinta
Democrat
Room 220E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3161
7
Lynwood Ireland
Republican
Room 151R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3195
1
Ronnie D. Jones
Democrat
Room 218E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3120
52
Larry D. Kump
Republican
Room 6R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3122
32
Patrick Lane
Republican
Room 150R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3275
58
Tiffany E. Lawrence
Democrat
Room 227E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3152
43
Linda Longstreth
Democrat
Room 215E-C, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3124
27
Virginia Mahan
Democrat
Room 206E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3102
43
Tim Manchin
Democrat
Room 212E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3166
42
Mike Manypenny
Democrat
Room 203E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3139
20
Justin Marcum
Democrat
Room 229E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3126
44
Charlene Marshall
Democrat
Room 214E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3900
13
Helen Martin
Democrat
Room 216E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3130
47
Harold Michael
Democrat
Room 233E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3340
41
Tim Miley
Democrat
Room 418M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3252
15
Carol Miller
Republican
Room 230E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3176
53
Jonathan Miller
Republican
Room 6U-C, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3147
23
Clif Moore
Democrat
Room 200E-A, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3189
15
Jim Morgan
Democrat
Room 213E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3192
27
Ricky Moye
Democrat
Room 217E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3162
30
Eric Nelson
Republican
Room 230E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3181
27
John D. O'Neal IV
Republican
Room 150R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3164
55
John Overington
Republican
Room 258M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3148
44
Amanda Pasdon
Republican
Room 228E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3153
13
Brady Paxton
Democrat
Room 442M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3337
17
Don Perdue
Democrat
Room 200E-C , Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3269
29
David G. Perry
Democrat
Room 204E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3117
5
David Pethtel
Democrat
Room 229E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3158
22
Linda Goode Phillips
Democrat
Room 225E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3163
19
Rupert Phillips Jr.
Democrat
Room 224E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3174
29
John Pino
Democrat
Room 223E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3170
10
Daniel Poling
Democrat
Room 216E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3137
40
Mary M. Poling
Democrat
Room 434M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3265
31
Meshea L. Poore
Democrat
Room 208E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3248
16
Doug Reynolds
Democrat
Room 210E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3199
19
Ralph Rodighiero
Democrat
Room 217E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3154
6
William R. Romine
Republican
Room 151R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3226
50
Ruth Rowan
Republican
Room 2R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3157
14
Brian Savilla
Republican
Room 4R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3141
46
Stan Shaver
Democrat
Room 204E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3146
35
Harold Sigler
Republican
Room 2R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3143
30
Doug Skaff Jr.
Democrat
Room 226E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3362
38
Margaret Donaldson Smith
Democrat
Room 227E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3123
27
Rick Snuffer
Republican
Room 150R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3183
16
Kelli Sobonya
Republican
Room 230E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3175
29
Margaret Anne Staggers
Democrat
Room 201E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3197
16
Dale Stephens
Democrat
Room 211E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3395
3
Erikka Storch
Republican
Room 6R-A, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3378
19
Josh Stowers
Democrat
Room 212E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3384
27
Linda Sumner
Republican
Room 228E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3180
1
Randy Swartzmiller
Democrat
Room 203E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3138
36
Joe Talbott
Democrat
Room 205E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3116
17
Rick Thompson
Democrat
Room 228M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3210
4
Scott Varner
Democrat
Room 209E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3187
33
David Walker
Democrat
Room 210E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3135
32
Ron Walters
Republican
Room 151R, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3194
30
Danny Wells
Democrat
Room 208E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3287
21
Harry Keith White
Democrat
Room 462M, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3230
45
Larry A. Williams
Democrat
Room 223E, Bldg. 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 340-3081
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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West Virginia: Call The Governor!

WV SB477 has been passed favorably out of both the Senate and House, and will likely now go before the Governor. THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE TO STOP THIS DANGEROUS AND ILL ADVISED BILL! Please Call Governor Tomblin and tell him to VETO SB 477!


Contact Address:
Office of the Governor
State Capitol
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305

Office Telephone:
(304) 558-2000 or 1-888-438-2731

Governor’s Mansion:
(304) 558-3588
http://www.governor.wv.gov/pages/contact.aspx
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Unfortunately, last-ditch efforts failed, and the bill passed.

Now, any of you in West Virginia will have 1 year to either convince the DNR that the species you keep should be listed as domesticated species. (Or, of course, consider moving or rehoming your animals out of State).

http://www.register-herald.com/local...-up-to-the-DNR

It all went through so quickly, I know many folks must not have had the chance to hear about it. On the other hand, some of them probably assumed that it would only affect large pythons and tigers. That's not the case. Small reptiles, pocket pets, and birds will all be affected.
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A last minute, welcome surprise:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTW) — A bid to restrict exotic animals in West Virginia is among a half-dozen bills vetoed from the recent regular session.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin disapproved the measures by Tuesday's deadline to act on legislation.

The Division of Natural Resources' concerns regarding funding and enforcement prompted the exotic animal veto.
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