H.R. 669, The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (56 comments ↓ | 4 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 669 would prevent the introduction and establishment of nonnative wildlife species that negatively impact the economy, environment, or other animal species' or human health.

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Bushman 4

January 29, 2009, 10:56pm (report abuse)

Can't we work on something a little more important?Who decides what an invasive species is?In my opinion white europeans are the most invasive species on the planet.Never seen a bill to ban them.


February 9, 2009, 12:32pm (report abuse)

If it was not for breeding programs in the U.S., many species would be extinct and many people would not have beloved pets. It would be more appropriate to put forth a bill that pet owners control their pets within the confines of their property without affecting their neighbors or the environment.


February 9, 2009, 1:50pm (report abuse)

What a way to wipe out the reptile industry! I can understand there's a problem in Florida with animals that have either escaped or released into the wild and are now harming the native wildlife. But what about us who live in the North! If a nonnative animal escapes or is released into the wild here- just wait a couple months (heck a couple days) and that animal will surely die! No problem with the wildlife... This bill NEEDS to be narrowed down and revised!!!

Jerry K.

February 18, 2009, 4:25am (report abuse)

What needs to be done is a conglomerate of herpetoculturists to March into Washington and protest -- a country-wide effort at that. Strength in numbers everyone.......strength in numbers.


February 26, 2009, 3:27pm (report abuse)

i think that they need to leave the reptile community a lone


March 6, 2009, 6:52am (report abuse)

All right, I\'ll bite. I\'m glad that someone finally woke up and wrote this bill. I worked as a wildlife biologist on invasive species issues for several years, and have watched non-native plants and animals destroy ecosystems. The brown tree snake has been devastating to Guam\'s bird fauna, reptile assemblage, forest ecosystem, and economy to boot. The coqui frog is costing the Hawaiian islands millions of dollars in lost tourism revenue. Kudzu is an enormous problem in the southern states, costing millions and more to fight. Once a new species is established, elimination of it or its harmful effects becomes nearly impossible.

This is not about reptiles. Yes, those species causing trouble in the SW US will be targeted to be sure, but with good reason. Pythons are simply not part of Florida\'s native species complement.

Up north, there are many species to cause trouble. The European starling has wreaked havoc on native birds in the NE for 200 years.


March 13, 2009, 11:37am (report abuse)

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April 2, 2009, 8:55am (report abuse)

This bill can create a lot of jobs and truly help stimulate the economy. Breeders should be happy that not as many imports will be coming in.

Concerned Puffer owner

April 2, 2009, 9:24pm (report abuse)

If you think about it not all non-native species are a problem. The problem lies with irresponsible people. Horses, long horn cattle, chickens, phesants, and oranges are not native to North America but humans have benefitted from all. These species are not seen as invasive unless they are allowed to get out of human control (for examle wild horses in the western US). Banning this because some people cannot be responsible with them is not an answer (remember Prohibition- expensive Government project that never worked). To require education and possibly permits for some species is a better answer. If a species is found to be possible devastaging to a particular ecosystem (such as the Grass carp) then possesion in that area should be limited. Remember this country was founded in response to an oppressive government that took away the rights of the people. Our government should weigh carefully before doing such to it's citizenry


April 3, 2009, 4:45pm (report abuse)

The intention of this bill is good, but its wording is disastrous. Note that this bill, as currently worded, would prohibit all breeding of nonnative species INCLUDING breeding by conservation institutions of critically endangered species! The wording of this bill must be modified lest it create the exact problem it tries to avoid--ecological devastation.


April 4, 2009, 9:10pm (report abuse)

Is it just me or dose it seam that our beloved Government (BIG BROTHER)is getting involved in more and more in all of our business.First it will be our loved and very well cared for pets that we truly enjoy having. Next will be our freedom more than we have already lost in the past 20 or so years. I agree that there is a problem in Florida and maybe some other southern states but we as Americans are dam smart people and I am sure there is a much better way of dealing with this problem than H.R. 669 .Soon this country will be a Fascist country watch and see if we all as Americans don't stand up to this Government the END IS NEAR!

the reptile guy

April 5, 2009, 1:42pm (report abuse)

this is absurd just because some guy buys an exotic pet and can't take care of it then lets it go we cant keep our reptiles!? why don't they just ban the pets that are dangerous or are known to be problematic like burmese pythons and iguanas

Silver City Dave

April 5, 2009, 5:08pm (report abuse)

Read this legislation...It's a Guilty Until Proven Innocent Plan that is passed into law will stop ALL non-native mammals, birds, reptiles, and tropical fish currently being kept as pets.

Do not be fooled...The Humane Society is pushing this legislation HARD on the new administration.

This is NOT Guam!

I made a mini-site which is very user friendly.

Please, use it, copy it, forward it, get the word out. This law affects all pets except cats, dogs, and goldfish.

Here's my link:


Please...fight the good fight...save our rights to own pets.

Thanks All


April 8, 2009, 11:19am (report abuse)

After reading through the bill this part strikes me as very odd! It's a blank check that someone we don't even know will make up a list. Why can't they make a list then vote on it, whats with this blank check stuff.

(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 36 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a list of nonnative wildlife species approved for importation into the United States.



April 9, 2009, 2:11am (report abuse)

just your taxs at work,no wonder nothing can get done in washington.


April 10, 2009, 11:56am (report abuse)

As an owner of animals that are none native and reading this act. My jaw has dropped. This is so horribly presented, ruin the economy, it will ruin the whole pet industry. Personally I will lose my pets.


April 10, 2009, 7:01pm (report abuse)



April 11, 2009, 3:51am (report abuse)

If this bill is passed I will loose my 9 Ferrets and 2 Sugar Gliders. What is that going to do to my children? they are going to be heart broken. Along with millions of other children that are going to loose there beloved pets. What do you think it is going to do to all the millions of people that have non native pets.


April 11, 2009, 7:00pm (report abuse)

Breeders would NOT BE HAPPY as it does not prevent importation, it prevents any and all breeding. It also prevents you from moving to another state with your pet.


April 11, 2009, 9:51pm (report abuse)

This bill is being pushed by HSUS and PETA. If you send your money to them, you SUPPORT this bill! I live in Florida and we already have new laws to control and regulate POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS species! There is NO need for this NATIONWIDE bill that will not only affect pet owners, but millions of employees, breeders, dealers, distributors all in the pet market. I am all FOR regulating breeding operations to ensure its not abusive and neglectful, but this is TOO MUCH.


April 11, 2009, 11:09pm (report abuse)

This bill is a gross overreach. Feral Cats are probably the single most invasive species on the planet today but you don't see anyone suggesting we round up everyone's tabbies and put an end to them. It's knee-jerk legislation at its worst and I'm truly disappointed that groups who claim to care about preservation are spending their time fighting pet owners. Couldn't their money be better spent on habitat preservation?


April 12, 2009, 11:05am (report abuse)

This bill is a horrible idea! This could effect the marine fish industry, which is a huge part of the global economy. Marine fish collection is largest source of income for most island nations in the pacific. Also, many suppliers in the US will be affected by this, causing great harm to the economy, and the marine fish hobby is an expensive one, believe me, I may have spent about $3000 in the past 5 months. Also, aquaculture programs for corals are being practiced here in the US, which is very important to the conservation of such species. Also, when global warming takes full effect on our seas in only a few decades,these marine organisms will be better off in captivity, than in the wild. Our global economy will lose millions of dollars is this bill is passed!!!!

Donna Cassidy

April 13, 2009, 1:57pm (report abuse)

I hope that this bill doesn't go through..the only people you are hurting is those of us who obeythe law and take excellent care of our animals..The crooked jerks that sneak them in will continue to do so....

Why not enforce the fifty million bills already in place??... Like animal cruelty at livestock auctions....??? they are beaten and tortured EVERY DAY..do something about that instead of stopping us from owning lizards and parrakets.....please...I say NO to the useless bill..

Pets N Things Plus

April 13, 2009, 9:21pm (report abuse)

This bill is RIDICULOUS! Another example of big government out of control. We are a pet store that deals in exotic animals and this would bury us. Does the US economy need more hardship? This bill needs to be killed or we need to revolt against this out of control government.

Ed Deupree (Wildmoph Pythons)

April 14, 2009, 2:54pm (report abuse)

Please join me in opposing, H.R. 669, the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act. This Bill is being advanced by powerful special interest groups and creates an unworkable process which is designed to fail. The government simply does not have the resources to evaluate the thousands of nonnative species already in this country for years and meet the unrealistic listing criteria and timeframes in the law, and such a process is unnecessary for controlling truly invasive species. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that banning the import, sale, and trade of the vast majority of these animals will have any positive effect on the economy, environment, or human or animal species' health. In fact, if passed as drafted, H.R. 669 would destroy many families and businesses. It would have a decidedly negative impact on an already ailing economy by destroying a vital and growing industry at a time when our country is in need of jobs and growth.

To oppose please visit www.nohr669.com

John in Ohio

April 15, 2009, 3:34pm (report abuse)

This bill, if passed, will create many more problems than it would solve. There are already far too many homeless and neglected animals out there, but imagine what some people will do if their animals suddenly become illegal. There would only be more of a problem of abandoned animals.

Animal Lover in Midwest

April 15, 2009, 3:35pm (report abuse)

his bill is based on claims made with political agendas, not on scientific grounds.

Don't be fooled by the rhetoric you might hear about this bill being of value to the environment....that's NOT what it's about.


April 15, 2009, 3:36pm (report abuse)

This would definitely not help our already ailing economy. Do we want to pass a bill that destroys an entire industry....Say goodbye to all the pet food and pet products, etc. that people buy!

Please write your representatives and let them know what you think. This bill is bad for our economy, bad for our country, and will lead to an increase in abandoned and abused animals.

This is Crazy

April 15, 2009, 3:40pm (report abuse)

Does my ball python who is a very well cared-for and beloved family pet who lives in Indiana really pose a threat to the environment????

Does my son's pet gecko, who brings him great joy, really pose a threat???

Is the tank of goldfish in my office going to reap havoc on our environment.

This is ludicrous!


April 16, 2009, 12:20am (report abuse)

I've seen both sides of this arguement. I have work in the environmental field and now breed reptiles for a living.

A big part of the invasive species tale that is missing is that apx 90% of the invasive species in the U.S. and its territories were introduced intentional by State/Federal agencies or by our Military. The Zebra Mussel was used as an example. This species was carried into the great lakes in bilge water. It wasn't imported by the pet trade. Florida's Burmese Python is another example. Yep irresponsible pet owners are to blame here, but Florida has taken measures concerning the problem. As the southern tip of Florida is tropical it has many problem species. Some of the first were brought in by the Spaniards.

This bill is poorly conceived and needs to die in the subcommittee. This was written by a special interest group and is being pushed by the softer side of PETA the Humane Society of the United States.


April 16, 2009, 7:03am (report abuse)

this bill creates a database based on species level risk assesment. currently import restrictions take place after harm has occured, this is proactive biosecurity. the risk to the ecology and economy of US, CAN, MEX by invasive species and disease vectors is significant.

Concerned pet owner

April 16, 2009, 4:18pm (report abuse)

The purpose of this Act is to establish a risk assessment process to prevent the introduction into, and establishment in, the United States of nonnative wildlife species that will cause or are likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to other animal species' health or human health.

Sure the threat of non-native species CAN be significant...but it's up to the people who sell and purchase these animals to be educated enough to understand the risks. This is just like the argument over gun ownership...guns can pose a threat to the well being of people...but guns don's shoot people...people shoot people. Educated gun owners know this threat and understand the risks associated with owning one. The same could be said for people owning exotic pets. Uneducated owners can create a problem by releasing animals into a non-native environment and by not understanding the risks...educated owners would probably be a much lighter risk...the answer is education not regulation.


April 18, 2009, 2:32am (report abuse)

If you saw the number of animals I see die inside the pet store i work at because people think it is ok to import cute furry animals and breed them in hordes, you would vote yes to this bill.


April 18, 2009, 11:43pm (report abuse)

Monkeypox that came to the U.S. with African rats in 2003 should have been a wake up call. It's about time Congress did something about the importation of millions of exotic animals every year! Don't believe the myths being spread about this bill. HR 669 applies to wildlife only. It won't affect hamsters, guinea pigs, or gerbils at all.


April 19, 2009, 11:19am (report abuse)

Here's what this bill really means for pet owners and breeders trying to save endangered species. Where is the line between protecting our native environment and animal cruelty? This seriously blurs things.


Karen Modeski


April 20, 2009, 2:13pm (report abuse)

What Congress needs to do is come up with a less sweeping bill,that covers species that have no business being kept as pets,rather than those that may or may not pose a threat to our native ecosystems.Go online any day of the week and you can find a dizzying array of species that do not belong in the private sector(all big cats,great apes,zebras,aardvarks,fossas,mongoose,asiatic vultures,lemurs,marmosets,armadillos,anteaters,penguins,you get my drift).None of the above critters need be kept as pets!Now on the other hand the majority of non native birds,reptiles,small mammals,and aquarium fish just don't need to be banned.I believe in our right to own pets be they domestic or exotic.Native or not.Just pass legislation to prevent the ownership of jackals,rhinos,hippos,owls,porcupines,sloths,capybara,and other animals people feel they have the need to "own",that just don't belong in private hands as "pets"!


April 22, 2009, 1:00am (report abuse)

This bill is too far sweeping. Just because a tropical species is dangerous is Florida, doesn't mean it's going to be a problem in Maine or Colorado (using the burmese python as an example). This needs to be dealt with on the state and local level, not the national level.


April 22, 2009, 5:45am (report abuse)

Hey fish scales are you stupid!! read the bill or have someone explain to you what the effects that this bill would have on us.


April 22, 2009, 1:09pm (report abuse)

this is the most idiotic bill ever.

for a few reasons-

1) hey work on something more important

2) we destroy our own sh*t. its not really just nonnative species, its us humans that like to destroy nature.

3) PETS? are you serious?

4) if you vote for this it's probably some trickery. apparently lately everything has just been bullsh*t.


April 22, 2009, 3:23pm (report abuse)

The purpose of this "act" is NOT to be proactive in biosecurity, it is to push the agendas of special interest groups. Yes it WOULD effect hamsters, guinea pigs, fish etc... If you actually would read the full text of the bill you'll see that there is a specific list of animals that are "ok" and the rest would be outright banned if they were not added to the ok list. Problem is that there are no provisions to add anything to the ok list which is why this bill is so scary. It is written vaguely on purpose.

Do some research on HSUS, PETA, WWF etc... and see how many animals they actually kill per year. You will be shocked and appalled. They are not animal rights groups, they are anti-pet groups and would gladly euthanize your pet instead of letting you own it. HSUS has publically stated they want ALL pet ownership ended by 2050. This means cats and dogs too and this bill is their attempt at a stepping stone. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL!


April 22, 2009, 7:13pm (report abuse)

how could Bird breeders be happy if we can sell our birds- or even breed them for that mater this is a load of crap! im totally agains it. if you have a fish, its illagal with this bill practacly! DOWN WITH HR 669!!!! DOWN DOWN DOWN!DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN!!!!!!


April 22, 2009, 7:44pm (report abuse)

Hmmm, risk assessment for non-native species...

I wonder, are human beings included in this category? In terms of damage, I think they belong right at the top of the list...

What has become apparent to me is the triumph of hysteria over reason; the vast majority--probably on both sides of the issue--are woefully ignorant of politics and policy formation, general science, and a myriad of issues as they seek simplistic solutions--or equally simplistic arguments against them--to some very real problems.

As for the law itself, before we cosign it to the flames, it is worth recognizing that there is a huge gap between a law passed and signed and the policy decisions that reasonable, educated people make in implementing that law.

A little grad school stuff to quiet the hysterics, anyway (lots of luck there!), one hopes...

Beyond JoeBlow's words above, I've read little to persuade me the shrill voices possess much enlightenment.

More education, less fear mongering, please.

shocked in Texas

April 23, 2009, 6:53pm (report abuse)

This is Peta extremists and the good old Humane Society at work. Guess they have all the feral cats,abused dogs, and horrific dog breeders under control.If they took all the time and money spent on their insane bills all the above mentioned problems would be handled.LETS START A MOVEMENT TO DONATE ONLY MONEY GOING TO DOGS/CATS when writing a check to the Humane Society.


April 23, 2009, 7:34pm (report abuse)

Should you agree in protesting this bill, visit www.nohr669.com to monitor and protest this bill! This bill is horrible for all animal life everywhere, and must be stopped!


April 23, 2009, 9:52pm (report abuse)

Oh yes, just what we need another law to inhibit people from enjoying a harmless hobby. well at least the drug dealers wont have to give up there pit bulls.


April 27, 2009, 6:28pm (report abuse)

i currently own parrots and they are non threatning, and very lovable, ever think that cats and dogs are the ones in the human society that are problematic and destructive think of all the money spent catching them when people dont take care of them, i see alot more cats and dogs on the street then any other animal that is a pet


May 2, 2009, 12:00am (report abuse)

DOGS were brought over here from Europe.

COWS were brought over here from Europe.

We can't breed these any more?

Jay Willis

May 2, 2009, 9:52am (report abuse)

OK, so We have the animals, but can't but can't get any more after this, nor can We get rid of them say something go wrong in Our lives, So now what do We do?

We can't sell them, We can't even geve them away, and it' snot like the zoo is going to want them. This is how the invasive species started in the first place. People got this cute little pacu from the fish store, it grew to the size of a house cat, and could no longer care for it, so have to let it go in the river....

Thi sban will put a stop to all import/sale/trade/transport of ALL non native species! Say goodbye to You fish, mice, frogs,birds, and turtles folks!

Jon laCour

May 8, 2009, 9:11pm (report abuse)

I am an avid aquarist. My wife and I have used our reef aquarium experience to teach basic biology to many young children, in her class room and outside. The diversity of a reef aquarium is only possible due to the hard work of the industry that currently not only strives to bring a unique piece of God's creation to our homes, but also serves to educate and preserve the world's reefs. Without their support, not only do we suffer the loss of enjoying unique creatures, but many people here in the US and in struggling island nations (US territories) will loose their businesses. In some places, this is their only way of providing an income to support their families.

Despite abhoring adding more legislation to our already cumbersome government, at a time when unemployment is at crisis levels, we should not be supporting adding more laws that will end up in more job loss. Let's get smart about which nonnative species are harmful, and not throw the baby out with the bath water.


May 10, 2009, 9:14pm (report abuse)

what is our government coming to? if you politicians got off your high pedestals and actually payed attention to "we the people" rather than your own beliefs... our government would be in a hell of a better place.

things like our economy and poverty and the war should be the main focal point of politics, not who owns what pet. while i can see the validity in this bill-it would lower the mass production of animals from places like puppy mills- but if that is the purpose, right a bill focusing on that, not killing all foreign animals. and if virus and disease is why this bill is being passed, make a bill focusing on vaccination policies or something.

obviously we americans have plenty to say about this, so let us. is'nt that what the framers of this country is built us on?


May 11, 2009, 6:39pm (report abuse)

Why don't they just pass this law in the states that it is a problem in. I know that many Sulcatta Tortoises get put out by people who just don't care, but that only happens in some states, not all of them. My opinion, they need not worry about it, yeah maybe worry about importing, but not take away the pets that people already have and care for. if they took my pets away, that would be like them taking my kids away. i think this is a crock of poop.


May 14, 2009, 4:14pm (report abuse)

So my fish breed on their own in my tanks. Do I have to seperate them all out? Because I could be fined for breeding them...that seems pretty cruel. My fish have it pretty good and show no signs of stress and bring a lot of joy to my home why is this the governments business?

Piranha Lover

May 15, 2009, 10:41am (report abuse)

Beacuse they are retarted and love to f up the US way of life!!!


July 1, 2009, 8:22pm (report abuse)

Like every other bill that congress trys to pass it sounds like someone hasn't done all their homework. Yes I'm for making it illegal to operate puppy mills and I don't like the idea of someone raising exotic snakes..But to make it illegal to have a pet ferret or hedgehog, please! Next!!

Reverend Josh Taylor

August 19, 2009, 4:24pm (report abuse)

Looks like my two dogs have to go thanks to HR 669. Not only pet shops are going to close because of this bill, but Kroger, Walmart, and other supermarkets will close because we can't own any of our farm animals. One small step for control of global food supplies, one large step for global starvation.

Come Quickly, Lord Jesus and take us home from this dark world and into your glorius mansion where we'll never go hungry ever again. Amen.


November 7, 2009, 12:07am (report abuse)


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