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    Default PLEASE READ THIS!! USFWS Categorical Exclusion - USARK -

    Here is the link
    http://usark.org/action-alert/usfws-...l-exclusion-2/

    Here is the article in full

    USFWS Categorical Exclusion

    In response to the USFWS proposal to allow a “Categorical Exclusion” from NEPA requirements. This rule would allow USFWS to add species as injurious without full due process afforded under the law.

    What is a “Categorical Exclusion” Under NEPA?

    and

    USARK Talking Points on the FWS’ Proposal that will impact Lacey Act Listings

    NEPA (the National Environmental Policy Act) requires agencies to assess environmental impacts and identify alternatives to “major Federal actions” that may “significantly affect the quality of the human environment.” The agency is required to publish an environmental impact statement (“EIS”) that describes its findings and justifies the proposed rule (in this case, the injurious listing of certain snakes under Lacey)

    There are two exceptions to the EIS requirement: (1) if, after conducting a less thorough environmental assessment (“EA”), the agency makes a “finding of no significant impact” (“FONSI”); or (2) if the action is subject to a so-called “categorical exclusion.”

    Categorical exclusions (“CE”) are defined as actions which do not, individually or cumulatively, have a significant impact on the human environment.

    If a potential impact raises any uncertainty over a rule’s significance, then an “extraordinary circumstance” exists, and there is no exclusion allowed.

    For the proposed listing of the nine species of constricting snakes, FWS made a finding of no significant impact after conducting what USARK demonstrated was a legally inadequate environmental assessment. USARK also found other NEPA and Administrative Procedure Act violations in the rule.

    View more information at http://usark.org/2013-blog/fws-seeks-nepa-exemption/

    How You Can Help (must be done on or before July 31, 2013):

    It is most effective to do all 5, or at least the first 4 actions

    1. You can use the USARK quick form HERE.

    2. Copy and paste the subject line and sample letter below (or edit) and email to: prevent_invasives@fws.gov

    3. Copy and paste this email on the USFWS contact page at: http://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm

    4. Below is a link to contact your federal Representative. Simply click the link and enter your zip code. You will see your Representative’s information (you may need to narrow search with your address). You will see a small envelope next to your Representative’s picture that you can click to send an email (or you may visit the Representative’s website provided). Simply copy and paste the subject title and sample letter below and send it. http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

    5. You can mail a letter to:

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 700
    Arlington, VA 22203

    Sample Letter

    NOTE: The subject line of your email must read: Categorical Exclusion

    Sample letter below:

    I write today to oppose the Service’s proposed categorical exclusion from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for proposed listing of species as injurious under the Lacey Act.

    As a reptile hobbyist, I am overwhelmingly troubled over the impact that listing certain species of snakes and other species commonly held in the reptile trade in the United States will have on my pets, as well as the livelihoods and small businesses of others in the reptile segment of the pet industry. The United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) and others have conducted extensive research and due diligence. They have provided economic impact data and sound science to USFWS to refute many of the findings and concerns raised in the initial proposals. These concerns included the possible violation of NEPA requirements.

    Specifically, USFWS ignored important scientific findings that contradicted its pre-determined outcome. State fish and wildlife agencies, research institutions, conservationists, zoos, public educators and even other federal government scientists raised important conservation concerns. Although such concerns are at the heart of NEPA, these were unlawfully ignored.

    I, therefore, object to the Service’s last minute effort to remove the NEPA protections that are afforded to citizens under the law to prevent the implementation of an onerous rule that will impact the freedom of Americans to enjoy reptiles as pets and own reptile-related businesses while failing to address the potential negative environmental impacts of the rule.

    I believe that the listing of these snakes, and any other species without due process, is unwarranted and infringes on our rights to engage in an activity that we enjoy and that poses no threat to the environment. The proposed exclusion from NEPA just adds insult to injury in denying American citizens the due process the law affords to challenge the impact of the proposed rule.

    As a citizen of America, the land of the free, my freedom to own reptiles as pets has been under attack for several years. These attacks have caused great hardship to myself, my family, my friends who own reptile-related businesses and the economy of the United States. By allowing this rule, the FWS would have overreaching power to severely affect the pet reptile community further. I implore you to not allow this exclusion as it is only one more step toward destroying a $1.4 billion industry and my freedom to enjoy my beloved pet reptiles, along with nearly five million other families.
    - See more at: http://usark.org/action-alert/usfws-....5w4qsGfv.dpuf
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    Default This is VERY Important! Your action is needed....

    Please read the above post and take action now. Time is running out and if we don't stop this, USFW will be able to add any and all reptiles to the Lacey act effectively making them illegal. They will be able to do this without due process of law. If you want to keep your animals, please please please take the time to do this.

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    Sent. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!
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    Sorry if this was mentioned already, but do you know if there are any species they are intending to add-on to the list?
    0.2.2 Crested geckos- Nox, Vesper, Ghidorah, Pitaya
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Parks View Post
    USFW will be able to add any and all reptiles
    @Soli

    And intending to include all medium size constrictor snakes, but the point is they can and possibly will go much further than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimmieux View Post
    @Soli

    And intending to include all medium size constrictor snakes, but the point is they can and possibly will go much further than that.
    I know, but I was just wondering if they were any species in particular they were wanting to go for first.

    Sent the letter.
    0.2.2 Crested geckos- Nox, Vesper, Ghidorah, Pitaya
    2.0 Gargoyle geckos- Ridley and Serris
    1.0 Rosy boa- Mojave
    1.0 Leachianus- Helios
    0.0.1 Japanese Toad- Fushigibana
    A ton of bugs

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    They'll likely go for the easy targets first, and then whatever HSUS and Peta tell them to go for.

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    And sent, thank you for letting people know about this. It's awful that legislation like this can be passed with so few people knowing about it.
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    http://usherp.org/2013/07/26/catx-up...amphibian-ban/

    There's been an update! PROTECT YOUR AMPHIBIANS! PROTECT YOUR PETS!
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