This is a solution looking for a problem. The Maine Shelter Survey shows that the euthanasia rate in state shelters has plummeted from 27% in 2011 to 10% in 2013. For dogs, those rates were just 11% and 5%, respectively. It is our position that pet stores are a good choice for consumers to buy healthy, well socialized puppies.
The Hawaii County Council will debate these bills and may vote on Bill 318 next Tuesday, the 17th of February. Either of these bills could devastate the aquarium trade in Hawaii County. Bill 024 would make it prohibitively expensive to fish in Hawaii County, while Bill 318 would massively increase the costs and fish mortality associated with shipping.
01/27/2015 Update: Your help matters. Thanks to your efforts contacting the members of the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee of the Virginia Senate substantive changes are being made to this piece of legislation. Please note, this issue is not over. We are waiting on the official language to be made public and may need your help again in the near future.
NMFS is now requesting public comment to help them understand and analyze the impacts of various activities, as well as the "efficacy" of ongoing conservation activities (e.g., CITES or other government regulatory regimes or non-governmental programs).