03-17-2011, 01:53 PM
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VT Bill H.371, important to all fish keepers!
Hi to everyone! I don't usually get involved in political issues, but this is one that everyone needs to know about and pass along to every other fish keeping friend you have. With the state of national politics what it is today, so many states playing the game of "follow the leader", if this bill passes as it is, it could affect the whole country.
H.371 is an amendment to the animal cruelty law in the state of Vermont, making it a felony to keep/own/possess more than 5 animals. I don't have to explain what this means not only for the fish keeping hobby, but for conservation efforts around the world with captive breeding programs, fish clubs/aquarium societies with breeding programs, etc.
Before "freaking out" about this bill, I took the time and emailed the state Rep who introduced it, asking how this will affect the fish keeping hobby. Her reply was pretty lame and didn't answer the question... Thank you for your information The bill was introduced on behalf of a group of 12 graders as part of a class in political science/civic engagement. Sincerely, Representative Ann Pugh
67 Bayberry Lane
South Burlington, VT 05403
115 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-5201
800-322-5616 (VT only)
This is the 2nd email reply I received from her. The first one came back telling me that, because she has NO STAFF, she cannot answer any emails without full contact information provided (name, address, phone number). I replied back with my contact information, telling her I hoped it was enough for her to answer my question. What I pasted in blue above was her reply. I have emailed her yet again, asking my question again... how will this bill affect the fish keeping hobby? I have not yet received another answer.
If this bill gets out there on the books anywhere, we all stand to suffer. The animals stand to suffer, as do conservation and captive breeding efforts around the country. Please, everyone, take 5 minutes from your busy schedules and make a call or drop an email her way. Every voice counts, especially if she has no staff. Bring your info back here as you make contact so this can remain somewhat a coordinated effort to force her to change it, kill it, or face public wrath. If she continues with her "non answers" I will be contacting the media in Vermont as well as around the country. Yes.. there's a lot going on in the media these days, but a good portion of it is political unrest around the world, this would just add more fuel to the media fires.
This needs to be a massive effort to set things right. Anyone who can put this information out there even further online, please feel free to copy paste this content and stick it on personal blogs, facebook pages, etc. The only way to beat this sort of thing is to stand up and be heard.
Good luck to us all!