Herp Politics: USARK & PIJAC

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PoliticsHerp Politics is a fact that everyone; keepers, breeders, and dealers must all accept as a reality in this industry. Legislation is going to happen and has already had significant impacts within our industry. However, the thing that seems to be constantly overlooked as we scan the social networks and news feeds as new organizations are created and members leave other organizations is what this means to the keepers. Rumor and speculation are rampant right now and everyone is interviewing the boards of these organizations to

‘get the facts’

Which is great, we need that, we need to comprehend what has occurred and what the future holds. What we here at the Reptile Apartment Group believe is missing though is this. All of these organizations claim to represent the ‘industry’ and I haven’t really heard much in the way of how we the industry are going to be impacted by this. I mean let’s be honest

‘don’t we have enough soap operas about who screwed who?’

To that end, we decided to ask one of the most prolific speakers about animal (specifically reptiles) welfare that truly represents our industry and is not afraid to call the shots as they are. We spoke with Chris Law of Central Florida Zoological Services about what this could all mean for the industry. In this interview we don’t speculate and throw conjecture we examine the facts and what we would like to see happen regardless of who’s at the helm. Will the people be heard? Only time will tell, we invite your commentary below.

3 thoughts on “Herp Politics: USARK & PIJAC

  1. I enjoyed reading the article and listening to the Podcast as well. I think some great points was brought up and hopefully we work together to fight for our rights as owners! HOPEFULLY! Keep up the good work! I look forward to finding out as much information as possible and helping in the near future!

    1. Thanks very much Chris, we hope for the same as we said these organization can and should work together and there is not one reason why they shouldn’t outside of the egos getting in the way.

  2. Hello! I enjoyed the interview. I can assure everyone that despite all the rumors that are being spread, PIJAC supports all breeders of reptiles. The propagation of live animals is the key to the whole pet industry. Not a herp product is sold and not a smile is displayed by a child that gets her first corn snake (like my daughter, who has since moved on to other cool herps), UNTIL there are animals out there. Don’t believe others that need to denigrate us in order to make themselves look better. We don’t believe in banning any pets or species whatsoever. Finally, PIJAC supports other trade associations and groups in the reptile industry such as USARK (Gary B. is awesome) and NRAAC (Jeff is my stepfather). Have a great 2013 everyone! Mike Canning, President and CEO, PIJAC

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