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Thursday, October 8, 2009

May 2009 Newsletter

* We are excited about our new website. It will be a more friendlier site to visit for your pet supplies. You will be able to use your credit card through Paypal to make your purchases. We have added 200 items to this site, and when it is finished, we will shut down the old site at If there is something that you are interested in, let us know and we cal put it on the new site ahead of other planned items. The new site is you may want to put this in your favorites so it is only a click away. Let us know if you have any trouble with this site and we will get it fixed right away. We will always strive to keep our prices low as possible to save you money.

* This month we want to inform you about a new law that is trying to be passed. We are sure a number of you have been hearing about The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (HR669). In fact, over the past several weeks we have found that many of you share our concerns with this bill--that if passed, could negatively impact the entire pet industry.
For those that are not aware of HR 669 the following is a summary of what it entails. This bill will require the US Fish and Wildlife Service to produce two lists of pets after conducting a risk assessment for each nonnative wildlife species in the US to determine if it is likely to "cause economic or environmental harm or harm to other animal species' health or human health". In order to be placed on the "Approved list" it must be established that the species has not, or is not likely to, cause "harm" anywhere in the US. Otherwise it goes to the "Unimproved list". Before going any further there are two things that you need to understand. First, "Nonnative Species" in the pet trade encompass virtually every bird, reptile, amphibian, fish and a number of mammals (e.g. hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets) commonly kept as pets. Second, the way the bill is written HR669 would essentially ban all species that do no appear on the Approved List, regardless of whether or not they have been petitioned for listing or are sufficiently well studied to enable a listing determination.
Species not appearing on the "Approved List" could not be imported into the Untied States, nor could they be moved to interstate commerce. Trade in all such unlisted species would come to a halt--possession would be limited and all breeding would have to cease. To reiterate: Unless species are included on the Approved List import, export, transport, and breeding would be prohibited. Exceptions are limited and would not be available to pet owners across the nation.
We agree with Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and others in supporting the underlying intent of HR 669 to establish a risk-based process in order to prevent the introduction of potentially invasive species. You will need to act quickly. We urge you to take the time right now to let your congressmen know your concerns. Also, alert your employees, friends, neighbors and any other like-minded people and urge them to so the same. For more information, please visit
We know that not all of you may fall into this pet situation but if you know someone that does, pass this on to them.

* Next month we will back to giving you tips on care for your pets.

* Remember that we are not professional doctors, and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pets.

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