Press Releases Statement on The Heroes Act Provisions From Mike Bober He is the pet industry joint advisory council president. Published 2 weeks ago on October 6, 2020 By PETS+ Staff Share Tweet “The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and the responsible pet care community support the provisions in H.R. 925, The Heroes Act, that provide relief to those suffering from the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, Section 402—Trade of Injurious Species and Species That Pose a Risk to Human Health—goes beyond that scope, and could have a devastating impact on the legal and regulated movement of live animals within the United States, ultimately damaging the ability of Americans to experience pet ownership. Section 402 vastly expands the role of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), yet has very little to do with controlling the introduction or spread of COVID-19 or any other disease. Empowering the USFWS to regulate interstate commerce would mean that any time a species was banned from importation due to a potential health issue overseas, it would also be restricted from movement within the United States—even in cases where the animals were bred and raised domestically. The USFWS would be forced to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, prohibiting movement of a species across the entire United States, even if the potential for it to become invasive is limited to a small, climate-specific area. Making tropical pets or saltwater fish illegal to transport into the Midwest makes no logical sense. We at PIJAC urge lawmakers as they continue to thoughtfully negotiate this important legislation to remove Section 402. Besides having nothing to do with mitigating the spread of disease to American shores, it will severely harm our country’s responsible pet care community and the future of pet ownership alike.” Related Topics:Legal click to Comment(Comment) Advertisement You may like Stay on the Right Side of the Law When Selling CBD Court Orders EPA to Act on Pesticide in Pet Collars Owner Sued for Not Letting Cat Sleep in Bed Promoted Headlines Category Spotlight: Terry Naturally® Animal Health Category Spotlight: eTailPet Are You Ready For Adventures Beyond The Backyard? Tall Tails Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Photo Gallery1 day ago Get Inspired by These Chew Displays at Indie Pet Stores Hot Sellers1 day ago Dogs Go Crazy for Polkadog Bakery’s Atlantic Silverside, Plus More Hot Sellers Press Releases1 day ago Zesty Paws Names CFO True Tales5 days ago Employees: Leave Your Pot at Home to Keep Your Job Columns1 week ago How Beer Helped Me Promote My Pet Business Columns1 week ago 3 Things Customers Want and Need from Pet Businesses Trace's Store School3 days ago Video: Trace’s Store School Covers Lessons Learned from COVID-19 America's Coolest2 weeks ago Video: Take a Tour of Bark Life in Seminole, FL Trace's Store School3 weeks ago Video: Learn How to Do Holiday on a Budget at Trace’s Store School Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important newsand business ideas from PETS+. Advertisement Most Popular True Tales5 days ago Employees: Leave Your Pot at Home to Keep Your Job Columns1 week ago How Beer Helped Me Promote My Pet Business Columns1 week ago 3 Things Customers Want and Need from Pet Businesses Photo Gallery5 days ago 19 Photos That Show Why Dexter’s Deli Is One of America’s Coolest Pet Stores Headlines1 week ago Yelp to Flag Businesses Accused of Racism With ‘Consumer Alerts’ Photo Gallery4 days ago New Edibles for Cats, Vegan Bars for Dogs and Toys for the Holidays [GALLERY] Columns4 days ago 4 Tips for Negotiating the Best Lease for Your Pet Business Real Deal1 week ago How Do You Handle Know-It-All Customers in Your Store?