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HR 669: Huge Implications for Parrot Owners

April 22, 2009

I’ve refrained from saying much about HR 669, The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act, currently being reviewed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Legislation rarely is what it seems on the surface and a lot of misinterpretation (willful and otherwise) often makes the rounds before the real facts shake out.

However, the more I read about HR 669 the more alarmed I am about the implications. On the surface, the bill aims to prevent environmental damage by invasive species — and who can be against that, right? — but apparently the bill has HUGE implications on those who share their lives with “exotic” animals like rodents, tropical fish, and… parrots! (I.e., Under this bill, I couldn’t move across state lines with my birds. And if I die before them, I couldn’t make provisions to send them to Phoenix Landing; they’d need to be euthanized!)

This post by GrrlScientist does a great job dissecting the contents of the bill: HR 669: The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act.

The above link is worth checking out. While it doesn’t seem like the bill is going to make its way out of committee (general consensus is that it is SO poorly written that it’s laughable), I think we need to stay alert about this type of legislation. As recent economic news has shown us, most legislators don’t even read the bills they pass, much less think through all the unintended consequences — so when something like HR 669 gets introduced, we need to pay attention and let our representatives know so it doesn’t slip through the law-making process by mistake.

Take Action!

p.s. If you’re a PETA-type extremist who thinks all pets would be better of euthanized than bred in captivity, and therefore think I’m evil for having parrots, please don’t bother leaving a comment. I won’t put up with it here.

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6 comments

  1. Good afternoon!
    I blogged about this myself on Earth Day (long-winded, I’m afraid…so if you go read it…just be ready for a long post) and commend you for doing your part to raise the alarm. I, too, have heard that folks in D.C. find the bill “a joke”. I got this from a friend who waited on a senator a week or so ago (I’ve been sending out notes for every pet owner I know to write to their reps). So there’s some comfort, as you say, in the idea that Ms. Bardollo’s bill will likely fall by the wayside this time around.

    But it boggles my mind to think any human being would sit down and write up a document that would force me to choose between my pursuit of life, liberty, and maintaining a job, and letting my precious companion parrot live. How dare a government official tell me my sun conure should be destroyed upon my decision to move to another state? How dare a goverment official tell me my sun conure, who has been my constant companion since 2000, will be destroyed at my death?

    You can check out my post from April 22 at http://www.todaythedragonwins.blogspot.com (once you get past all my gushing about the sea turtles). 🙂

    Love to you and your birds!
    Sandy Lender
    “Some days, I just want the dragon to win.”


    • This is the scary part…anything can happen up
      on the hill..get emotional in your letters fellow
      companions of flocks. Let congress know that they
      are breaking up families here. As always, parrot
      lovers only realize how much our angels with feathers mean to us.

      Dawn in Deer Park


  2. Wow! I had no idea this was even in consideration. Hopefully it is as unlikely as you say, but I went ahead and sent emails to both the representative where I live in Texas, and the one where I used to live back home in Missouri.


  3. I think you’re right in saying that people should definitely take action in contacting representatives about this bill. So many bills are introduced that threaten future ownership of exotic species like parrots, critters and reptiles. A lot of the editors over at the AnimalNetwork have been providing ways to properly notify reps with their opinions on this bill as well as voicing their opinions on what this bill means to the pet industry.


  4. According to a May 7th post on ScienceBlogs.com, HR 669 “survived its initial House subcommittee hearing and will be heard again on an as-yet unannounced date”! Quite a few organizations have come out against the resolution, including The World Parrot Trust, and have sent letters to the House to that effect.

    I recommend you subscribe to GrrlScientist’s blog to stay up-to-date on this proposed bill’s status, and write to your state representative to let them know why HR 669 is terribly misguided: http://capwiz.com/naiatrust/issues/alert/?alertid=13098456



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