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.


HI RESIDENTS, ACT NOW! An amended HB 873HD1 regulating the aquarium fishery will be heard by Committee on Judiciary on Friday at 3:00 p.m. in the State Capitol’s Conference Room 325.  Testimony must be received by the Committee by no later than 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26 Hawaii time.


On February 12th, 2015, Maryland State Delegate Benjamin F. Kramer (D - District 19), submitted HB 645. This bill dictates that “a retail pet store may not sell or offer for sale a dog or a cat.”  While this bill does make an exception for existing stores in order to try to blunt the protests sure to arise from outlawing responsible businesses, it also expressly states, and thus tacitly encourages, “local government to further restrict the sale of dogs or cats by a retail pet store.”


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.  


The House Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs Committee will debate and vote on these bills next Wednesday, the 11th of February.  Any of these bills could devastate the aquarium trade in Hawaii.  Two of them would immediately shut the entire industry down while the third would massively increase costs and fish mortality.  


Use our Legislative Action Center messaging tool below to send a message to the members of the House Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs Committee.  We need to speak with a unified voice and overwhelming numbers to counter the emotionally charged propaganda pushed by the animal rights activists.  Take action before the 8 a.m. HST comment deadline on Tuesday, Feb. 10th--your voice and your opinions matter!


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).