Last weekend saw the 26th chapter of the National Reptile Breeders' Expo and it was another great show. Even after 26 years, this is still an annual gathering for many longtime herpers and still one of the highest concentrations of breeders and hobbyists in the U.S. Thank you to Wayne Hill for providing USARK with a large booth and herp community support.
USARK saw a lot of love from the NRBE crowd. Shirt sales and new membership registrations in the booth were great. Vendors and attendees donated for the Saturday night auction to give us another hugely successful fundraiser. Hundreds of herpers showed support by filling the event room and bidding generously. CaribSea raised over $1,200 in their booth and donated those efforts to USARK. And the list goes on!
We must send out huge thanks Colette Adams and Lou Mennella. Without them and their organization of the auction details, the event would not have been possible or have gone as smoothly. Thanks, Lou and Colette!
Additional thanks to the Turtle and Tortoise Club of Florida. President Bob Volkers and the club's members stepped up to make this year's auction go quite well. You can get more information and support them at www.turtleandtortoiseclubofflorida.com/index.html
Below is a list of donors who made the NRBE auction possible:
Timberline, Burke Reptiles
Paul Vander Schouw
TheTurtleSource.com (Marc Cantos)
Travis Whisler Reptiles, Zilla, Snakes at Sunset
Zoo Med, Perfect Predators, Exo Terra, Breeder's Circle, Legacy Reptiles, Ben Siegel
Wayne Hill, Tetra, Omni Reptiles, Reptile Kingdom, New World Morphs, Bailey & Bailey Reptiles, 4th Point Studios-James Krause, ShipYourReptiles.com, Art by Shalimar, DaVinciBoa.com, Bill Brant, C Serpents, Mike Besok, Goss Reptiles, Gourmet Rodent, Kicks Balls, Incredible Pets, Chad Fuchs-CF Snakes
Theresa Moran, Micah Tunnell, CaribSea, Exotic Pets Las Vegas, Dynasty Reptiles, Richard Wells, Big Chief Dragons, Reptiles 2 You, Kim Foose, Dale Porcher, Premier Acrylics, Josh's Frogs, Kathryn, JurassiPet, Russell Pearl, Hector's Habitat, SW Reptile, Kelly's Balls, Top Hat Geckos, Rodents on the Road, Bill Ninesling, SSnakes, Ridgeway Exotics, All Good Dragons, Scott's Florida Kingsnakes, Adam Chesla Reptiles, Marty's Morphs, CD Constrictors, The Borneo Addiction, Creepy Exotics, Fairytail Dragons, Gold Coast Reptiles, Salt Creek Reptiles, Wild Side, Manatee Suncoast Lizard LLC., Tim Keogan Reptiles, James Verga, Jim Widows, CM Exotics & Imports, Jones'n 4 Reptiles, Constricted Reptiles, Tom & Teresa reptiles, Reptile Basics, Morton Wright Reptiles, Constrictor Collective, Captive Bred Reptiles, Rick Boschen, NGM Reptiles, Redfoot Ranch, Underground Reptiles, Cutting Edge Herp, AHP Reptiles, La Ferme Tropicale
Vic Morgan, Beyond Scales Reptiles, Union of the Snake, Thunder Bay Herps, Ferguson Animal Hospital, Slither Mania, Dan O'Malley, PC Reptiles, Natural Chemistry, Yellow Room Reptiles, Dreams in Dirt-Angela Rose, Pokey's Geckos, Gulf Hammock Herps, Henry Theiss, Family Reptiles, Gold Coast Reptiles, House of Reptiles, Glynn & Terry, Thunder Bay Herps, Python Peddler, SIM Container, Hardin Herpetological, Ward's World of Reptile Propagation, Reco Aqua Rep, Central Florida Herp Society, Patricia Siamson-Healy, Brother's Exotics, Ben Cole Reptile, Chuck Shaeffer, Extreme Exotics, Elizabeth's Handmade Jewelry, Natural Products & Services, Aquatic N Exotic, Sun Pet, Fulltone Herps, Tom Davis, Peterson Brothers, Your Tegu, Pinellas Co. Reptiles, Mike Nolan, Personalized Pet Portraits, Wildside, Wildlife Design by Linda, Central Florida Zoo, Hulker's Herps, Wildlife Alert, Scales & Tales, Slither Mania
Colette Adams, Lou Mennella and his wife and son, Meg Little, Curt, Laney Simmons, Marc Cantos (TheTurtleSource.com), Ben Wanyo of Zoo Med, Bob, Robbie and Alex Volkers, Kim Foose, Mark Kirchner, Mark and Kim Illum, Ralph Till, Rosie Johnson, Peter Seay, Michelle, Melissa
If we missed anyone, please let us know. We appreciate the support from everyone as these fundraisers allow USARK to continue the battle against anti-pet groups and anti-herp legislation.
Wisconsin introduced a Dangerous Wild Animal bill today (8/26/15), SB 241. It has been referred to Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. This is the same bill we saw in 2014. More details coming soon.
View SB 241 text at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/WI-2015-SENATE-BILL-241.pdf. This bill makes changes to the laws relating to the possession of certain wild animals. It impacts these reptile species: Crocodylia: an alligator of any species, crocodile of any species, caiman of any species, or gharial.
Full list of prohibited species:
"Dangerous exotic animal" means a live animal that is any of the following:
1. One of the following animals of the family felidae: a lion, tiger, jaguar,
leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, Sunda clouded leopard, or cheetah or a hybrid of any of these species.
2. One of the following animals of the family ursidae: an Asiatic black bear, brown bear, polar bear, sloth bear, sun bear, giant panda bear, or spectacled bear or a hybrid of any of these species.
3. One of the following animals of the family hominidae: a gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee, or bonobo.
4. One of the following animals of the family hylobatidae: a siamang or gibbon.
5. One of the following animals of the order crocodylia: an alligator of any
species, crocodile of any species, caiman of any species, or gharial.
Also, Ursus americanus shall be classified as a "harmful wild animal."
ALERT: Clark County, Nevada Animal Code Changes
Proposed changes to the animal code for all pets (domestic and exotic) have been proposed. The proposed draft allows for nearly all reptiles. However, HSUS has hired lobbyists who are pushing for extreme bans, including reptiles over 2', reptiles over 10 pounds, and even parakeets.
Clark County residents should contact the Southern Nevada Herp Society for more details. USARK will issue updates as available.
the proposed changes and agenda at www.usark.org/2015-legislation/action-alert-clark-county-nevada/
. This is not the HSUS proposal.