Panther Island Adventures!

Panther Island is 2,800 acres of restored wetland and upland habitats situated in the northwest corner of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary's 13,000 acres. It is home to numerous plants and animals including the Florida panther and the iconic wood stork.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

HR 5864...I think I can, I think I can...

Alright...Time for another 2 sections!

Sec. 12. Permits and Exemptions for Qualified Institutions and Live Animal Transporters. Some of you might have already been wondering about places like zoos and aquariums and even universities which do house non-native critters. This section establishes a permitting process for importation and interstate commerce in Injurious I species. It also incorporates an exemption from that permit for the importation and interstate commerce in Injurious II species IF carried out by certain qualified institutions. These include places like universities, research facilities, wildlife rescue facilities, and accredited zoos and aquaria.

And how is this all going to be paid for? In the current economy, the government doesn't want to burden the taxpayer even more (although by NOT preventing importation of potential invaders we end up spending billions of dollars annually trying to fix the problem after-the-fact). Sec. 13. User Fees sets up a limited user fee to recover a portion of the costs of the federal activities needed in order to collect wildlife trade information as well as assess and regulate its risks. The purpose of the user fee is to recover approximately 75% of the Service's costs of the services it provides under this Act.

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