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.
It appears directed at “wildlife” versus “domestic” animals, and if it can be shown from SEC. 14. DEFINITIONS (5D):
does not include … any other species or variety of species that is determined by the Secretary to be common and clearly domesticated
It looks like there should be concerns but there are also ways and means to address those pet keepers that feel they will be affected by this bill. This bill does not specifically define pet rats within its definitions. I believe this does need to be addressed by those residing in the United States of America, or for that matter, any rat keeper anywhere that may lend a voice of reason to the discussion.
You can follow the progress of the bill here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-669
Mrs.R, the great Internet searcher, found this information:
I have been doing some searches for this bill and have come across some links I think are valuable. Please feel free to pass these links along…
Why Should you Care?
House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans & Wildlife
To track the progress of the bill.
Also in the same site, have a question, post it here (scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to post your questions, you can also answer someone else’s question).
Video Results for HR669:
Click here for all video results
Say NO to HR669 (this website gives you your House of Representative’s name and and number as well as sample letters/emails and phone calls) follow the links on this page to email your House of Representative (it’s already written for you, you just need to fill in the blanks with your name and address):
There will be a hearing on April 23, 2009, go to this site to send more emails to stop HR669:
You can watch the hearing “Live” on April 23, 2009 at 10:00am EST on this site:
If you wish to SUPPORT the bill, the Humane Society of the United States has links where you can write your House of Representative to SUPPORT the bill.
Will this affect you? Will it affect someone you know? Are you going to do something about it?