liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,

Non-Native Pets Could Be Outlawed

Before you view this video, let me say that I disagree with its makers on several points. Still, this video is an excellent example of internet activism, and I am sure I am helping them by posting it here. I don't mean to. I simply want the discussion to happen. Pet snakes and fish have been released, or flushed down the toilet, and are multiplying in our waterways and subtropical zones. Many invasive species gain their foothold after being transported by humans to new ecosystems. H.R. 669 is the 2009-2010 Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act.

HR 669 is intended to prevent the introduction and establishment of nonnative wildlife species that negatively impact the economy, environment, or other animal species' or human health, and for other purposes. This is a reasonable goal. The young man in the video (below) argues that one reason not to pass this bill is that it will put pet stores out of business, including large corporate chains, and hence put more people out of work. I sort of doubt that this bill would be so devastating to pet stores large and small, but the fish and reptile people would be SOL. What do you think?

Tags: congress, economics, invasive species, pets, wildlife

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