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Hamster at turtle or bird iguana -- or even a lab yet to name just a few.
There is something you should know that these have now been classified as exotic animals and may be banned that by the fence and our next guest says a new federal bill.
Will close down a lot of businesses endanger the lives of exotic pets and it.
Break the hearts of a lot of pet owners we are joined now by the owner of veterinary center for birds and exotics and president of the association.
Of Avian veterinarians doctor -- has.
And Peggy in -- don't who's going to be handling some these creatures they have brought a few friends with a let's start first of all what it this is when I think of exotic animals I think of a bearded dragon lizard the wanted to middle this does I think.
As exotic right.
He -- -- about a threat talent -- to -- a -- with his name -- that -- now for what reason would defense wanna ban these creatures.
Well the theory behind the bill is -- non native wildlife species threatened native wildlife.
And while the concept is -- -- we want to protect native wildlife.
The existing laws actually specified that there are certain species that are not acceptable and would threaten the economy and -- -- -- environment.
But the new bill.
Would be it would declare all non native wildlife as invasive.
And the burden of proof would be that -- my -- of wildlife.
Would have to be unacceptable -- the -- -- -- in is unacceptable in the United States and that the Fish and Wildlife -- would have to go -- speeches at a time.
And determine which species would be no groups for kids from her -- what exactly is his nanny state exactly right there are a lot of now that -- a good job what what.
This creature do -- the bearded dragon lizard what could it wipe out that we have made it to the united state.
Compared -- have been in the United States for a number of years after they're not threatening anybody right now so why would they be included in this list while the idea that is its global that all nonnative species would be unapproved and not able to be imported content.
Hey here's another when these are these are leopard that I give us leverage -- and again well -- what's more American and again go with the -- -- Geico commercials let me come.
And that like these and folks have these as pets in their homes but I -- some people use these things that the -- right.
Well volleying and Texas Tech -- so they actually serve a purpose here.
But then you look at a bird you look at the cockpit via -- a lot of people have parents a lot of people have cockatoo is.
Why would these creatures began I mean there's nothing that these could could do even if they were set loose to -- to harm the natural environment -- -- it.
No there are very interesting -- that protect them and then protect us species from being imported into the United States senators got to -- here there you go.
And these are pet birds and there are a lot of that prevent importation of wild bird species and these laws of this or any.
And thousands of these birds that thousands of Americans are owners of these -- in America.
Yes there are millions of birds and reptiles and other exotic -- in people's homes now and finally rabbits.
Yes well again and rabbits are more domesticated and they may have an exception but there are a lot of -- that people have that would be including an army that bunny -- you see everywhere in the wild in the United States why would they be considered exotic well they might be grandfathered in but that there are many other that he -- had a -- -- get a -- it's.
But these -- what what what are your what are you doing to protesters that mean are you sending letters to your congressman is.
Usually -- -- seems as I'm the president of the association of Avian veterinarians.
Our group the -- bank group got together and put.
A letter together basically stating that while we support the concept of protection of native species.
And threats from non native species.
That the way that this bill is written is just too far reaching and that the existing laws to a good job.
It's it's that we should focus on what -- should not be brought in and not say that all species should not be -- Same kind of part and parcel -- the way this administration is doing things I mean it's like over regulating.
Emphasizing that nanny state we know best what's for you I mean individual pet owners can make their own mind up about this -- Well the idea again is to protect the native species but the state and local governments do a very good job because -- threatening in one environments.
Once before for anyone environment -- -- -- threatening another.
Mean snakes may threaten -- If that in the Everglades but they're certainly not gonna threatened species in Alaska.
-- has -- Peggy and -- don't thank you ladies for coming and I appreciate and we leave it to you.
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