FWS Files Final Rule/ Constrictor Ban
US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has filed a final rule
with the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB).
This filing has no material changes from the proposed rule that
would add 9 constricting snakes to the Injurious Wildlife list of
the Lacey Act. This would make import or interstate transport of
the 9 constrictors a felony with heavy fines and potential jail
time. This is the final stage of the rule making process. OMB's
role is to review the proposed rule to ensure that the costs to
businesses do not outweigh the purported benefits. In spite of
USARK's information to the contrary, and the Small Business
Administration's findings that FWS did not do its due diligence in
determining economic impact, we remain unsure of OMB's position.
As many as a million American citizens could be negatively
impacted if this rule is enacted. It would create a whole new
class of criminal out of law abiding citizens engaged in what is
now a perfectly legal trade.
is also likely to be an oversight hearing at the US House Natural
Resources Committee because of the potential to destroy a viable
$1.4 billion cottage industry; and the flagrant disregard by FWS
for mandated process and procedure under the Administrative
Procedures Act and Information Quality Act. USARK has uncovered
evidence that appears to point to an intentional effort to
manufacture science to support a policy directive based on staff
preference at FWS. This preference by FWS could mean the loss of
thousands of jobs and the destruction of viable sector of our
nations economy in a time of hardship.
of the Reptile Nation should prepare themselves for the “Big
Fight”. This process should take about 45 days to unfold. USARK
calls upon the OMB, the US House of Representatives and the US
Senate to look closely at how FWS has circumvented due process to
create policy based on staff preference. USARK believes that these
actions by a government agency, upon close examination, will be
found to be arbitrary, capricious and unlawful.
USARK needs the Reptile Nation to pull together as never
before. This is our chance to overcome unfair regulation.
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