Lawsuit update.
Lawsuit Update
 

On Monday, January 11, USARK filed our brief in the Appellate Court. We have again presented solid, substantially-backed arguments, as well as pointing out the overreach used for these listings.

Below is an excerpt from our brief:

"For instance, in 1974, a FWS representative testified before the House Committee on a then-ongoing FWS Lacey Act rulemaking:

Mr. DINGELL. Now, what about the problem of exotic species that are already in this country?… I have read these new rèsumès, and I do not find that you address yourself very extensively to populations of these which are already existent inside the United States….

Mr. PARSONS. As far as the regulatory aspects of your question, there is no restriction that we find in section 42 of the Lacey Act to interstate shipments, with the possible exception of restrictions from areas off the continental United States, such as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Hawaii…. The restrictions, Mr. Chairman, apply to importations.

Mr. DINGELL. How about the offspring of these populations in this country?

Mr. PARSONS. The offspring of those populations that are here would be treated likewise.

Mr. DINGELL. You are going to treat these as essentially a separate strain, as some kind of domesticated species?

Mr. PARSONS. That is right. The restrictions apply to imported animals and their offspring, and not to animals already in the United States."

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and has been following the lawsuit which began in December of 2013.

Read the USARK brief at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Doc-1592898-USARK-Appeal-Brief.pdf.


Background information of the Constrictor Rule can be found at www.usark.org/2015-blog/7081/.

 
The current remaining briefing schedule is below.

• Government reply due February 1, 2016
• Deferred appendix due February 8, 2016
• Final briefs due February 22, 2016
 
Following submission of the final briefs, the Court will schedule oral argument, although there is not a set deadline for this action. USARK will keep you posted as updates become available. We appreciate your continued support as we battle overreaching legislation on the local, state and federal fronts.
 
Salamander Injurious Listing
 

As posted on our Facebook page this morning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will post tomorrow (1/13/15) in the federal register an interim rule listing 201 species (from 20 genera) of salamanders as injurious. This will prohibit importation and interstate transportation. The interim rule will be effective 15 days after posting in the register.

"This action is necessary to protect the interests of wildlife and wildlife resources from the introduction, establishment, and spread of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans [Bsal] into ecosystems of the United States." - FWS

This is an interim and not a final rule. There will be a 60 day comment period. USARK will post updates following the federal register posting.

See all species to be listed on pages 90-99 at the link below.

Read the pre-filing document at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Salamander-Listing-Injurious.pdf.

More information at www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/salamanders.html.

View the USARK newsletter from December 2014 regarding Bsal at www.us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d7e8c81109173978c4240862c&id=2a51d02304.


Donate to the USARK Legal Defense Fund
 
Information for making donations online and via check/money order can be found at www.usark.org/reptile-defense-fund-2/. You can make one-time, weekly, monthly or annual donations. You can also include a message that will be posted on the Legal Defense Fund Donor Wall at www.usark.org/usark-announcement/reptile-defense-donor-wall/ for all to see. You can even choose to make your donation or donation amount anonymous. Thanks for your support as we battle FWS to restore the freedoms of the Reptile Nation.
 
Reptile Events
 
All Ohio Reptile Show: January 16 in Hilliard, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.

Kentucky Reptile Expo: January 16 in Shepherdsville, KY. More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com/.

Midwest Reptile Show: January 17 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at www.midwestreptile.com/index.php.

New England Reptile Expo: January 17 in Manchester, NH. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nefirst.htm.

All Cleveland Reptile Show: January 17 in Brook Park, OH. Details at www.facebook.com/pages/Cleveland-Reptile-Show/238480829509251.

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: January 17 in Clarksville, IN. More details at www.irbexpo.com.

H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show:  January 23-24 in Conroe, TX. Show details at www.herpshow.net and www.facebook.com/HERPShow.

New York Metro Reptile Show: January 31 in White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm.

Cold Blooded Expo: January 31 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/ok-reptile-expo/.

Cin City Reptile Show: February 7 in Fairfield, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.com.

NARBC Arlington: February 13-14 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.narbc.com.

Long Island Reptile Expo: March 13 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/lifirst.htm.

All Maryland Reptile Show: February 13 in Havre de Grace, MD. Show details at www.mdreptilefarm.com/havre-de-grace-maryland/.

NARBC Tinley Park: March 19-20 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at www.narbc.com.

Lone Star Reptile Expo: March 19-20 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.lonestarreptileexpos.com/home.html and www.facebook.com/LSRExpos.

Cold Blooded Expo: March 20 in Overland Park, KS. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/kc-reptile-show/.

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: April 24 in Omaha, NE. Show details at www.nebherp.org/expo.html.
 
OKC Elite Reptile Show:  in Oklahoma City, OK. Show details soon at www.okcelitereptileshow.com.

Repticon Columbia:  in Columbia, SC. Show details at www.repticon.com.

Repticon Atlanta: in Lawrenceville, GA. Show details at www.repticon.com.

Las Vegas Reptile Expo: Las Vegas, NV. Show details at www.getreptiles.com and www.facebook.com/events/591811610945614/.

Reptile Super Show: July 9-10, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.

Western Maryland Reptile Show: Frederick, MD. Show details at www.mdreptilefarm.com/western-maryland-reptile-show/.

Portland Metro Reptile Expo: Portland, OR. Show details at www.nwreptileexpos.com/portland-metro-reptile-expo.

Reptile Super Show: in Pomona, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo: Amherst, NY. Show details awww.buffaloreptileexpo.com.

Phoenix Reptile Expo: in Mesa, AZ. Show details at 
www.phxreptileexpo.com and www.facebook.com/PhoenixReptileExpo.

Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) Conference: in Mesa, AZ. More details at 
www.ttpg.org/conference2015.html.

Armadillo Reptile Expo: Austin, TX. Show details at www.armadilloreptileexpos.com/austin-reptile-show.html.
 
SEWERFest Reptile Show:  Sturtevant, WI. Show details at www.sewerfest.com.

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