Barbara Clark is trying to destroy our ability to keep reptiles in New York. So... I sent her this message:
Dear, Ms. Clark.
I can understand some of the misconceptions about reptile and amphibians that people who don't care for them might have. I can't help but understand. They're different. There is a stigma attached to them because of so many things related to religion, parental misguidance out of fear of the unknown, etc.
There are even some not-so-brilliant people out there that don't know how to care for these animals, and they can do some pretty stupid things to bring the down side of owning these animals to light.
Then, there are those of us who love and care for these animals like they're part of the family. People that do know how to care for them properly don't get any recognition because they don't do anything to make themselves noticed. These people would be terrible hurt by a bill like this. Pet shop owners and breeders would be forced out of their
livelihoods. This could seriously damage the economy even more than it already is. Education about these beautiful creatures will suffer greatly. What, then, will we do when they are all gone?
The majority of the animals affected by this bill pose less danger to people than dogs, cats, Guinea pigs, etc. We hear more about dog bites than snake bites.
I'm begging you. As someone that loves these animals, has grown up with these animals, and has never had an escape, a bite, or even a hint of a life threatening situation, I'm begging you. Please don't pass this bill. Just think of about the fact that you're removing people's freedom. You'll be taking away another piece of what this country is all about. Freedom. To the responsible people, and this is the vast, silent majority, you'll be breaking hearts. For those people, it would be like you're taking away a piece of their heart, and a part of their family.
Think about this. Think hard, and please don't pass Bill A2869.
Robert A. Smith
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