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The Lacey Act Amendments, AMERICA COMPETES ACT, Congress, Conferees

Urge Congressional Conference Committee to REMOVE The Lacey Act Amendments from America COMPETES Act

Both House and Senate versions of the America COMPETES Act are being reconciled in the Congressional Conference Committee that Speaker Pelosi announced on Thursday, April 7, 2022. The Conferees include both Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senators which will look at both versions, H.R. 4521 and S. 1260, and merge the two bills to be considered for a final vote in the Senate. 

This campaign will allow you to send your message directly to Members of the Conference Committee as well as your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators.  

We ask that you review the information below and voice your opposition to the The Lacey Act Amendments to the America COMPETES Act  directly to the Conference Committee and to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators. 

Detrimental language modifying The Lacey Act has been amended to the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength (COMPETES Act)  H.R.4521/S.1260 in Section 71102.

On February 4, 2022, H.R. 4521 passed the House of Representatives 222 to 210. 

Now, both versions of the COMPETES Act (H.R.4521/S.1260) are being reconciled in Conference Committee before it goes to a final vote in the Senate. 

By using this campaign, your message will go directly to the Conference Committee AND to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators. PLEASE TAKE ACTION!!

Points of Concern about The Lacey Act Amendments to the America COMPETES Act (H.R.4521/S.1260):

  • These proposed amendments to The Lacey Act (HR4521, in Section 71102) would give executive powers to the Secretary of USFWS to label any species at any time as "injurious" which moves it to the list of banned species to prevent interstate transport.
  • The proposed amendments to The Lacey Act affects pets of ALL species except dogs and cats.
  • According to U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers, "only species determined to be non-injurious or an invasive species "risk" can continue to be imported into the United States. This dramatically skirts the regulatory approach from previously allowing individual jurisdiction to evaluate environmental and health threats to their region, without impacting entire industries or private individuals." 
  • If these amendments were to pass, any species that are not on the "white list" will require legal challenges for importation which will impose potential legal fees, fines, and penalties and the possibility of prosecution as a federal felony if any violations are incurred. 
  • If these proposed amendments to The Lacey Act were to pass with H.R.4521, importing or transporting animals across state lines would become unlawful, should those species not have cleared the process of being determined "not injurious." 
  • At any time, a species could be banned, even on short notice bringing tremendous harm to the live animal economy while devastating manufacturers, distributors, and retailers impacted by these bans on the live animal industry. 

Facts to Consider

  • The Amendments to The Lacey Act ( in HR4521 Section 71102) would be detrimental to the following:
  • Domestic breeding programs preserve individuals of endangered or threatened species to prevent complete extinction. These programs also maintain the populations of non-threatened species so that they do not later become threatened.
  • Breeding programs promote genetic diversity. The repopulation of species in areas where individuals are limited increases genetic diversity in those areas by introducing new genetic material to the local gene pool.
  • Private owners of animals, active in wildlife reserves, zoos, circuses, game parks, and breeding facilities, are key to the survival of endangered species. Private owners contribute to breeding programs, promoting genetic diversity. Like any professionals, they are committed to the best possible outcome. To that end, private owners participate in interactive programs and interconnected partnerships to record and track data such as: paternity, maternity, breeding pairs, genealogies, genetic matches, and possible viable pairs. Private owners essentially carry a database of compatible matches in the animal world.
  • The Amendments (71102) to The Lacey Act threatens pet ownership,  zoos, aquariums, and biomedical research.

  • For additional information about The Lacey Act click HERE.

Bottom line and what you can do

  1. Use this campaign to voice your opposition to the Lacey Act amendments to the COMPETES Act which will go directly to the Conference Committee AND to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators. 
  2. Make sure your opposition is heard by also making phone calls to your federal lawmakers in both the House and Senate. Often times phone calls carry more weight from constituents. You can find phone numbers for your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators for both their Washington, D.C. offices and their local district offices by clicking HERE



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