Grow a backbone, people. I’m just as shocked by people being shocked as people are shocked by text on a screen. If you are into finding offensive stuff, I’m surprised you haven’t checked comments on Youtube.
If you are an animal lover or keeper, you NEED to do this. Don’t even think twice. Sign it. These are your babies this bill is targeting. Your birds, your fish, your reptiles, your amphibians, even your precious fuzzy sugar gliders and chinchillas.
HR996 is the re-written form of HR669, but rewritten means nothing but bringing it back to threat status. It is still as harmful as ever, aiming to take exotics away from the people who love them, certain to put many out of work, demolish millions of dollars of revenue, criminalize exotic pet owners for doing something simple like taking their pets with them, and risk the lives of every animal that does not make the white list. All species are treated as guilty until proven innocent, so you can guarantee not many will make the white list, and even fewer will be permanently banished to the black list for a reasonable purpose.
For the full proposed bill: http://usherp.org/2013/03/18/hr996-hr669-rewrite/
Think this could actually do some good against invasive species? Think again. If this bill was actually to deal with invasive species by adding them to a black list criminalizing their importation and interstate transport, it would be redundant. We already have the Lacey Act for that, and it operates in a more sensible manner: innocent until proven guilty. HR669 is a bill targeted specifically at taking exotic pets away from the people who love them.
Note that there is absolutely no mention of what is to happen to any animals that don’t make it on to the white list already in-country, nor mention for the keepers that already maintain such species. You can expect that the animals will NOT be protected, and that the very moment the opportunity would arise, they would be put to death.
If you are a reptile lover, it is ESPECIALLY up to you to step up to the plate. If you remember the HR669 fiasco, you will also remember that the death of the bill only gave rise to the years-fought and only wounded, not defeated, Python Ban. We are the BIGGEST targets. Our beloved pets are among the most misunderstood, and unlike insect or rodent-like pets they are assumed to be a murder happy public menace by the ignorant masses. We already lost our burms, condas, and rock pythons in the wake of HR669’s original form. LET’S NOT LOSE ONE MORE SPECIES.
As with the Python Ban and HR669, you can expect HSUS to be lobbying with all their might for this to pass. They have already proven they are not against tossing money and penning fiction disguised as scientific study to try and get their way. Not aware of what a sack of crap HSUS is? Educate yourself here: http://humanewatch.org/
Do not assume that the sheer stupidity of this bill and its intentions means it will fail even if you don’t lift a finger. We already have seen that presented the right way, bans CAN happen. Learn from the Python Ban. Take action.
Even if you don’t keep exotics, you should still be concerned about and stand against the rights of others being stripped in ignorance and the lives of animals being endangered for nothing but baseless fear.
Thank you for being a wonderful newspaper. Fuck you.
If I want to visit your website, I gladly can, as can many others. I can see things I missed, as well as many others. Just god forbid I view so much as an image more than 3 times, but before that, everything is fine.
That is, until AFTER I view an article more than 3 times.
I get greeted with this:
No “Remind me later” button? No “No Thanks” button? Just “Eat your vegetables and be quiet”? Sure I can register for your free, ad ridden services and essentially let my inbox be the new Olympic pool for you to flood your partners’ crap with, but I have a better idea: Fuck you and your registration requirements.
If I wanted to register for your services, I would. If you allowed me the freedom to decide later to register, I would. If you could allow your customers to be given the common curtsey of faith in your services, maybe you would have more subscribers. But no, you need to force everyone to register and give away their email and information.
Not that you are already trying to do that anyway without asking:
Seven tracking services, and I’ve seen this list be bigger if I let some become active (I’m looking at you, DoubleClick). Google Analytics I let pass since I also use it for constructive purposes and because it doesn’t have interest with identity information (though seeing how many people from Japan visit my website is pretty bad-ass).
Last I checked, I just need a quarter to read your newspaper services. I understand housing a server for people to access can come at a cost, and most of these costs can be avoided with proper planning. I will continue to use your services and will continue to mention it to others who will surely place a Washington into a machine to read what you have to offer. Maybe they’ll find your website and email articles to friends and family outside of New Jersey, and those people will do the same themselves. Maybe some will even register on your site.
But I won’t register on your site. Not now. Not ever.
Thank you for being a wonderful newspaper. Fuck you.
There is a french website shamelessly stealing photos of high-end costume work and posting it to a website called “Masks and Wonders”, where they are falsely claiming to have made all of the items, and are offering them “for sale”.
MASKS AND WONDERS <— Horrible thieving scammers!
Sorry ahead of time if Tumblr ate the resolution. it likes to do that.
but, poster says it all. I’ll have more info about pre-orders soon.
So you’re basically still selling the Meeroo avatars but calling them Queotls now…
We do have permission, just not with the name. We’ve been working with them but no responses after getting the go ahead on making them but no confirmation with the name.
I need to post on my tumblr more often.
Also, I added parallax scrolling on the Kinzart beta site! Yay!