What happened w/this bill?
On 4/05/05, Damian wrote:
> Because of the big issues of the recent year liberal
> animal rights groups have been getting away with working
> against our rights to humanely keep our animals.This is a
> freedom we have enjoyed since the beginning of time and
> should not be taken from us. Some of us are
> breeders ,rescuers , dealers , feed dealers , or supply
> retailers .This bill and other liberal animal right bills
> are hurting our trade and the ability to keep our animals.
> Some of us depend on our extra income and do not get
> wealth at our trades but are in it because we have a
> passion and support captive breeding of our animals.
> Captive breeding has save a good many species from
> West Virginians need your help - immediately! There is
> currently a piece of legislation, West VA Senate Bill 277,
> that has already passed the W VA Senate (unanimously) and
> is now heading to the West VA House for hearing on
> Wednesday morning, April 6. The West VA legislative
> session is over April 9. This bill is written 'for
> Homeland Security purposes', but would restrict all
> aspects of animal ownership, predominately exotics.
> SB 277 will have a damaging affect on all exotic animals
> in W VA, all exotic animal owners in W VA, and all
> rescuers in W VA who deal with exotics, including birds.
> If this bill passes, people wanting to purchase an animal,
> such as a parrot, ****atiel, lizard, snake, etc. would
> have to apply for a permit, pay necessary licensing fees,
> keep insurance on said animal (to be determined,
> originally written as $100,000 policy per animal), and the
> board the legislation creates could easily come into their
> home and seize, quarantine and/or destroy the animal if
> they determine it to be harmful to 'other people, animals,
> plants or wildlife'.
> Under SB277 if you can no longer keep your animal for
> whatever reason, you must give it to an approved rescue
> facility or an American Zoo and Aquarium Association
> facility. No selling, no private placements, no choosing a
> new home for your bird, no giving the bird to your kids or
> family. If you can't find an approved faclity SB 277
> requires that the animal "shall be humanely euthanized at
> the possessor's expense". How many rescues are there in W
> VA that can take in every bird that has to be rehomed?
> PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LINK BELOW AND SPREAD THE NEWS - ASK
> EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO WRITE OR CALL - WE NEED TO TELL THE
> WV LEGISLATORS TO KILL SB 277 NOW !!!!
> The full text of the bill is printed at the end of this
> email. Below you will find a sample letter and a list of
> email addresses for you to use to write to OPPOSE SB 277.
> Or, if you wish, you can call the TOLL FREE NUMBER BELOW
> and ask the W VA legislature to KILL SB 277:
> The Chairman of the "Fight to Kill WV SB 277" requests
> that on: TUESDAY APRIL 6, through WEDNESDAY APRIL 7, 8
> a.m. to 5p.m. Eastern Time, CALL TOLL FREE to the West
> Virginia Legislature TO SAY KILL SB 277!!
> Call: 1-877-565-3447
> Be prepared to give your name, address, city and state.