USARK Benefit Auction and Reptile Super Show This WeekendThe Reptile Super Show is meant to educate the public about pets they may otherwise never get the chance to know.

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USARK Benefit Auction and Reptile Super Show This Weekend

The first major reptile show of 2024 is here and it is HUGE! 

This show has it all and it is back in Pomona this weekend so head over to check out vendors from across the country

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The first major show of 2024 is here and it is HUGE! This show has it all and it is back in Pomona this weekend so head over to check out vendors from across the country. There is so much to see at this not-to-miss show!

The USARK benefit auction is right after the show on Saturday night at 7:00 in the convention center/Sonoma Ballroom next to the Sheraton Hotel (601 W McKinley Avenue). Please stick around and support our work to protect your freedom to have reptiles and amphibians as pets. The auction is FREE to attend with hundreds of donations from $10 to $10,000 plus free appetizers and a cash bar. Everyone is welcome!

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  1. We have three donation previews listed below with pics at the bottom of the newsletter:
  2. Philippine sailfin lizard original painting is 11″ x 35″ and set in a very nice 24″ x 48” frame. Titled “Ode to Ibid,” it is Acryl gouache on board. Value of $10,000 from Hidden Forest Art Gallery.
  3. Snakeskin print sport coat that looks and feels like real snake skin from Ty at California Zoological Supply!
  4. Gucci wallet featuring a snake also from Cal Zoo!

There will be live and silent auctions, and we’ll wrap it up quickly so everyone can enjoy the remainder of the evening. We appreciate everyone who donates and attends as USARK would not be possible without these auctions and our supporters. Volunteers can email vanessa@usark.org for details.

Thank you to Ramy and the Super Show crew for your continued USARK and herp community support.

Get full show details at https://reptilesupershow.com/los-angeles/.

January 6-7
Saturday: 10 am-6 pm
Saturday: Super Show After Party and USARK Fundraiser at 7:00 pm (Vineyard Ballroom at the Sheraton Fairplex hotel)
Sunday: 11 am-5 pm

Pomona Fairplex/Los Angeles County Fairgrounds
1101 W. McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

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“The Reptile Super Show is meant to educate the public about pets they may otherwise never get the chance to know, but we are also passionate about captive breeding and keeping the populations of some of the world’s most interesting creatures alive and well. Educational, fun, and no doubt exciting, the Reptile Super Show is all about showing off animals to the world that deserve our attention. This show opens your eyes to a world you may have previously disregarded. There is no better place to make the decision about bringing home a reptile pet because all of the best animals and supplies are going to be available, along with professional breeders who can educate you about how to properly care for your new family member.” – RSS

ALERT: Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has proposed extensive regulation changes regarding herps, both native and non-native. The comment deadline is March 6, 2024.

We have the changes broken down and the full proposal posted at https://usark.org/24_la/.

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ALERT: Florida

HB1033 seeks to expand the ban on green iguanas (Iguana iguana) to include all iguana species. This would mean that rock iguanas, spiny-tailed iguanas, rhinoceros iguanas, and all other species would be prohibited species. It does this by changing the statute from reading “Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)” to just “Iguana.”

The bill would also ban the sales of dogs and cats in pet shops. HB1033 was introduced by Representative Sam Killebrew. The bill was profiled and has not yet been assigned to a Committee. The Florida legislative session begins on January 9, 2024. The bill would take effect on take effect July 1, 2024.

Be sure to follow USARK Florida for updates on this bill. Read their current post at https://usarkfl.wildapricot.org/news/13295074.

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USARK FL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usarkfl

USARK FL website: https://usarkfl.wildapricot.org/

House Committee Report with Lacey Act Amendments

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Lacey Act amendments regarding injurious species are included in a report from the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party. It is titled, Reset, Prevent, Build: A Strategy to Win America’s Economic Competition with the Chinese Communist Party. This is not exactly the title of a document where these Lacey Act amendments would be expected and the inclusion is not germane to the report’s purpose regarding U.S.-China trade issues.

Get more information at https://usark.org/23laceyhousereport/.

Find A Vet

Need a good herp veterinarian? The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) can help. ARAV provides a free Find-A-Vet service at http://arav.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=3661.

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USARK Shirts and Hats are Available Online

Our shop is open at https://usark.org/shop/ (or just click the “Shop” link in the menu on our website). We currently have two shirts and three hats available for sale.

Find A Vet

Need a good herp veterinarian? The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) can help. ARAV provides a free Find-A-Vet service at http://arav.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=3661.