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post #1 of 8 Old 04-02-2009, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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US Congress to take our pets away!

Has anyone in the United States yet heard of H.R. 669?
It is called the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act and could entirely wipe out our pet industry and our right as citizens of the US to own most common pets, including all fish except goldfish, dogs, cats, and some farm animals.

Imagine a country where the only fish you could legally keep is goldfish?
The bill proposal can be found here
http://www.opencong bill/111- h669/text

Its time for all of us to write to our congressmen ASAP!
If this bill passes they could enact it before the end of 2009 so there is no time to waste. It is currently sitting with the 111th Assembly of Congress and due for vote during their 1st session. It was introduced in January of 2009.

I'm off to write to my congressman right now!


Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-02-2009, 02:01 PM
Here is the info....

Please be aware that there is a Congressional Hearing happening on April 23, 2009 which pertains largely to our hobby. This hearing is on the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act, HR 669, a bill which wishes to revamp how species are regulated under the Lacey Act. Species not appearing on the “Approved List” could not be imported into the United States; therefore, all unapproved nonnative species could not be moved interstate. In addition, trade in all such unlisted species would
come to a halt – possession would be limited and all breeding would cease. Unless those species are included on the approved list import, export, transport, and breeding would be prohibited. Exceptions are limited and would not be available to pet owners across the nation.

A HEARING has been scheduled for April 23 and the pet industry needs to be heard load and clear prior to the hearing! The anti-trade elements are hard at work to stop activities involving non-native species.

You can contact members of the subcommittee by emailing or faxing your opposition to HR 669 to their offices in Washington DC urging them to amend the bill. You can also contact district offices to voice your opposition or request a meeting with your Representative. It is also important to organize like-minded people in your district so several of you can visit with your representative at the same time.

Spread the word to fellow hobbyists, friends, family, and like-minded individuals and urge them to respond to this unworkable approach which is an issue for all of us. Call, email, and fax your local newspapers or tv stations. We need to get the word out.

More details can be found at the following link on

MFK Petition :


AC Petition :


A group has also been formed on Facebook at the following -->

Take the time, show your support, make your voice heard to protect our hobby.

Relevant links:

Cast your Vote:
The actual Bill:
Last two pages are the House Committee with contact information:

Thanks to All!!


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post #3 of 8 Old 04-02-2009, 06:23 PM
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I think that we should all right to our congress men and state representatives. This is definitely not the best way to prevent invasive species and would pretty much ruin the economy even more (practically an entire industry would be lost!). And imagine how dreary a tank filled with duckweed and goldfish would be.

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-02-2009, 06:51 PM
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Wow!.....glad you brought this to my attention Betta Baby......very informative information for all here concerned....I'm really suprised that hasnt been a larger response since you posted it......Other members should be concerned and worried.........I read the proposed bill and this could really affect what fish we keep......As i see the wisdom of our great government, they will want all of us fishkeepers have a permit to own the non-native fish......I'm just speculating, but i would put nothing past a money making oppurtunity for them to cash in on......Hope they dont try to slide this through on the coattails of some other bill.........
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-02-2009, 08:09 PM
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I'm just hoping that this doesn't effect small fish and that New Jersey will not do it like it doesn't do death penalty. And that Obama comes to his senses and vetoes it. After all, he's trying to save the economy, not kill an entire industry and further ruin our economy!

Come on people, respond!

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-10-2009, 03:53 PM
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-13-2009, 05:07 PM
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Would it be possible for us to have a petition?

10 gallon tank - 2 Ghost shrimp, fry, 1 Soft shell turtle, 5 crayfish, 1 baby catfish
10 gallon tank - 1 marbled crayfish in berry
50 gallon tank - 2 male guppies, 1 female guppy, 2 zebra danios, 1 pearl danio, 1 Angelfish, 1 male platy, 2 female platys, 2 silvery minnows
Pond - 1 cooter, 1 RES, 4 goldfish(my baby sis poisoned my pond)

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post #8 of 8 Old 04-20-2009, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for showing your support, I'm surprised there hasn't been more response than this. The vote in committee is coming up in a few days and there is a good chance it could pass and move forward.

Fishkid, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but New Jersey in itself can't decide not to follow this if it is passed, this would be federal law, all states would have to abide by it like it or not. That also means that if it passes and someone violates it, the offense would be federal, with some likely to be high penalties for breaking it.

Just what we need to fill our federal courts and prisons with... people who want to keep their pets!

For anyone who is planning to sit back and just watch, convinced this won't happen.... we need your help! Without your voice there may not be enough of us to kill this bill before it kills our industry and our pets.


Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI

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