NARBC Tinley Park Recap
NARBC Tinley Park was another great show. The room was filled with loads of incredible animals and vendors from across the country.
The Saturday night benefit auction was another success that raised over $28,000! Besides USARK, money was raised for rattlesnake conservation through the Rattlesnake Preservation Trust (Lone Star Rattlesnake Days), and Danny Steele and his family. Thanks to all auction donors and bidders!
The auction began with loads of important announcements from Robyn Markland of The Reptile Report (TRR) and Ship Your Reptiles. Robyn presented TRR "Best of" Awards, aired a compilation video from last year's winners, and introduced the plan for a herpetoculture hall of fame. Following this, Robyn presented a check to USARK in the amount of $5,000 from Ship Your Reptiles (SYR). SYR has also raised over $25,000 for USARK through their micro-donation program, which allows shippers to make small donations to USARK with shipments. Thank you for your continued support, SYR, TRR, Robyn, and Chad Brown!
USARK must give a huge thank you to all involved to make this show great, not just for USARK, but for all of us. This includes saying thank you to show promoters Bob Ashley and Brian Potter. It was another fantastic NARBC.
Also, thank you to all donors who made the auction possible. Without your donations, there would be no auctions. Without auctions, there would not be USARK to protect our freedom to keep herps as pets.
As always, a huge thank you goes to our volunteers. Without them to collect auctions items, set up the event, collect payments and run the USARK booth, these fundraisers would not happen.
Volunteers: Donnie "Morti" and Michelle "Ldydrgn" Smith, Kristin Deegee, Stevie, Chad Gaines (self-proclaimed best volunteer ever), Dustin Thompson, Cindy Steinle, Chris from The Bug Brothers and Kayla, Rob Cook, Steve and Tammi Hamm, Russ Gurley, Jason Mathews, NyAnn, Taya, Jessie, Meg, Nick and Brandi
And now, we will recognize all donors for the auction. Thank you!
$2,000+: Ty Park, Timberline, Zoo Med, Zilla
$1,000+: Burke Reptiles, Sal Daddy Retics, Brad Boa Reptiles, The Gourmet Rodent, Prehistoric Pets, In Your Face Exotix, Gilbert Boas, Renick Reptiles, Marc Bailey Reptiles, American Reef & Reptile Expo, Protean Terrarium
$500+: Diego Velarde, Doug Barr, Nick and Nick Glauner, R & R Boas, The Boaphile Jeff Ronne, Hurqley's Herps, Goss Reptiles, Serpentine Obssessions, C Serpents Racks, JD Constriction, Top Hat Crickets, Don Wheeler, Exo Terra, Men of Herpetoculture, LLL Reptile, The Rep Room, Bailey & Bailey Reptiles, Conley Herps, Great Lakes Constrictors
$250+: JMG Reptile, Ton Jones, Zick's Meats, Brian Potter, ECO Wear and Publishing, 5 Generations Bakers/Scott Hollabaugh, Russell Pearl, Russ Gurley, Black Magic Reptiles, Garrick Demeyer, CF Snakes, Bug Brothers, Freedom Breeder, Pangea Reptile, John Chausmer, Kick's Balls, Reptile Basics, Shells & Scales, Bill Love, JKR, Crested Creations, Adam Chesla Reptiles
Other donations: Magnum Geckos, Dustin Thompson, Sand Boas by Scott Miller, Kiel Burkhammer, The Gerstners, Roger and Holly Carter, RJS Reptiles, Twin Cities Reptiles, Michele Ann Studios, Zerkle Reptile, Lucky Find Geckos, Great Lakes Geckos & More, JurassiPet, Brian 317, Leapin' Leachies, Supreme Gecko, Ridiculous Rhacs, Gaia Gecko, Animal House Pets & Supplies, Chicago Reptile House, Dart Frog Connection, Tundra Exotics, Cool Constriction, Joe Hupp Geckos, Revolution Reptiles, Sundown Reptiles, Pro Herps, Carolina Designer Dragons, Happy Gecko, Shannon Smith, Dark Side Geckos, Sunshine Geckos, Stoned Gecko, Strictly Reptiles, Ken Kamimski, Nadilyn Beato, Arachno Addict, Theresa Moran, The Urban Herp, Dubia Roaches, Rainforest Junkies, Charlie Redmon, Reptile Express, Tall Grass Reptiles, Carpe Gecko, Peoria Snake Den, Samurai Japan, Creepy Exotics, LGP Gecko, Steel City Reptiles, GLK Herp, Zoological Supply
Our apologies if we missed anyone. Please send an email to info@USARK.org and let us know if you donated and were not mentioned.
Injurious Wildlife Legalities
This is an important reminder to all herpers regarding species listed as injurious under the Lacey Act, especially those attending and vending reptile shows across state lines. Keep it legal!
REMEMBER: Species listed as injurious cannot be imported into the U.S. or transported across state lines, according to the current interpretation of the Lacey Act by FWS. Not only does this include nine species of constrictor snakes, but now also includes 201 species of salamanders per the interim rule effective as of January 28, 2016 (see "Salamander Injurious Listing" section below for full details).
USARK has an upcoming hearing on April 1 regarding our lawsuit challenging the authority of FWS to prohibit interstate transportation of species listed as injurious. Last summer, the Court ruled in favor of USARK, granting our members injunctive relief. FWS has filed an appeal on this decision in an attempt to overturn the preliminary injunction.
NOTE: You also cannot sell a listed species with knowledge there will be a violation as this could lead to accessory or conspiracy charges.
We encourage all show promoters to remind their vendors before each show of these regulations. The information should also be available for all attendees.
A sample responsible buyer agreement verifying that buyers are knowledgeable of all city, county, state and federal laws can be downloaded at www.usark.org/library/sample-responsible-buyer-agreement.
All species listed as injurious are illegal to transport across state lines unless you meet one of the two qualifications below:
1. For reticulated pythons and green anacondas ONLY: Transportation and shipment across state lines are legal if you have received your membership verification letter from USARK. Every time you personally transport these TWO species across state lines, you should have a printed copy of this letter on your person and easily accessible should an FWS agent request to see it.
You can find all the details on this verification letter and court ruling at www.usark.org/2015-blog/7182/. Injunctive relief only applies to those USARK members who were current on or before April 8, 2015. Even with this letter, there may be other prohibitions, such as no shipments into Texas or Florida. See link for full details.
2. Interstate transportation is legal if you have received a permit from FWS allowing movement for bona fide research, education, etc. That permit can be found at www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-42.pdf.
Herp species that are listed as injurious:
- Reticulated python
- Green anaconda
- Burmese python
- Indian python
- Northern rock python
- Southern rock python
- Yellow anaconda
- DeSchauensee’s anaconda
- Beni anaconda
- 201 species of salamanders: List at www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pdf_files/List-of-Salamander-Species.pdf.
- Brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis)
As always, part of being a responsible member of the herpetocultural community includes knowing any city, county, state and federal laws applicable to the species you keep or sell. This includes knowing the laws in places you travel to, and through, for shows.
Donate to the USARK Legal Defense Fund