Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Whether you are traveling or staying home, working, watching football or fighting the sale crowds, be safe and enjoy your holiday! Remember the reason and be thankful for what you have. Personally, I am thankful for my family, friends (both old and new), my health and the success we have enjoyed here this past year. We have come a long way in our first year from conception.
I want to thank, and commend our new spokespeople Chris and Kathy Miller and Robert and Jessica Taylor for doing an outstanding job at their respective Repticon shows. From the pictures I’ve seen and reports I’ve received, both couples did an outstanding job. Thank also to all of the individuals who supported these representatives. With the enthusiasm these people bring to the table, I know we will go far.
While unable to attend these shows, Felita and I did take some of our animals to a birthday party the same weekend as Nashville. It was an amazing opportunity to reach out to youngsters. We even heard one six-year old state it was the “best party ever”. These chances are priceless because “the children ARE our future”.
On to some legal news. West Virginia has again amended their Dangerous Wild Animal list. It was cut by 50%, including removing the ban on constrictors. This change came because of the hard work of West Virginia pet owners and USARK. Richard Stanley, a lawyer working with USARK, was able to give key testimony against the actions of the Board. The legislature still has not addressed the hundreds of pages of missing comments about these actions. USARK will continue to push for further amendment to the rule, or preferably a complete reversal of the act.
Also from USARK, the Fish and Wildlife Service has again posted their intent to push forward with the Lacey Act listings of boas, retics and anacondas. While this doesn’t mean they will take action, it does show that the fight is still ongoing. They might still wait on the outcome of USARK’s pending lawsuit. They have posted similar intent multiple times in the past few years.
As we enter the holiday/breeding season, I want to wish everyone the best of luck. Stay safe. Remember every blessing that has been laid before you. Until next time, Happy Herping!