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 A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm

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PostSubject: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:17 pm

Greetings all,

Thank you for your continued interest in the Virginia Dangerous Animal Initiative (DAI). Last week, members of the DAI Workgroup met on September 19th for the first time in Richmond, VA. The group will continue its efforts at the next DAI Workgroup meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd from 10 AM – 4 PM at the Virginia Science Museum in the Discovery Room. Members of the public are welcome to participate as observers during the session. Lunch will be on your own as a member of the public.

Information about parking and directions may be found at these websites: http://www.smv.org/sites/default/files/parkingmap.pdf & http://www.smv.org/contact-us

If you will be attending the Oct. 3 meeting as a member of the public, please RSVP at this website so we may plan for seating: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NGZSL7Y

A Dangerous Animal Initiative public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 PM – 6 PM at the VHDA Virginia Housing Center following the 3rd Workgroup meeting, which will be held from 10 am – 3 pm. We will send out additional details and will update the DAI website with additional information in the near future: www.virginiaanimals.net.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments at animals@virginia.edu, and thank you for your continued interest in the Initiative.

Best regards,

David Whitehurst, on behalf of the Coordinating Team
Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries

Christine Gyovai, on behalf of the IEN Team
UVa Institute for Environmental Negotiation
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:30 pm

The Dangerous Animal Initiative will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm at the VHDA Virginia Housing Center, 4224 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060. It is very important that anyone in Virginia that owns a reptile and wishes to continue owning any reptile be at that meeting. The workgroup is looking at what factors may make exotic/wild animals "dangerous", and not just to humans, but to Virginia. They will be looking at how these animals can harm humans directly (bite, crush, constrict, other) but also indirectly (disease, parasites, other). They will also be looking at how these animals can harm the ecosystem and agriculture in Virginia directly (invasive, other) and indirectly (disease, parasites, other). What will this mean to reptile keepers? All reptiles will be considered, not just venomous and large constrictors. What will this mean to other exotic/wild animal keepers? Any non-domesticated animal may be considered (non-domesticated: any animal other than domesticated dogs, cats, and agricultural animals). This could mean some birds, aquarium fish, invertebrates, amphibians, small and large mammals could be restricted or banned. I've already heard though some of my contacts that the animal rights groups will have a great number of people attending the public meeting, we need to be sure that our numbers are far greater. We have a chance to stop this before it gets to the next legislative session.
I'm hoping to find volunteers all over Virginia to help with carpooling, so that people without rides or don't want to make the drive alone will more easily be able to attend the public meeting. I'm also looking for volunteers to be liaisons, speakers and leaders, as well as volunteers to assist with origination, coming up with talking points, and spreading the word. If you would like to help, need more information, or want email updates, please email me at: virginiaexoticban@gmail.com

Thanks, David Means
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:44 pm

David Means on Morelia Python Radio talking about the Dangerous Animal Initiative

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/moreliapythonradio/2012/09/26/ron-rundo-from-insert-works-and-david-means-join-us
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:25 pm

I'm in northern VA and planning to attend the meeting on the 24th (can't go on the 3rd, unfortunately). I can take 3-4 people with me if anyone nearby (or on the way) needs a ride.
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:36 pm

This is your opportunity to speak out and let them know your opinion on the matter.
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:46 pm

I hope we have a good showing. Unfortunately, I have a Board meeting and can not attend.
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:18 pm

Any report from this meeting? I couldn't make it but am very interested and willing to write letters or help in any way I can.
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:30 pm

Hi Don.

We were deadlocked. We could not even define "dangerous". we have our work cut out for us...that's for sure.

I'll tell you more later.

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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:50 pm

Larry, Thanks for the update.
Out of curiosity, do you know which side had the greater turn-out?
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:34 pm

The public hearing will be on the 24th between 4 and 6. The panel of 30+ people is split between both sides of the issue and a bunch who are in the middle.
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:23 am

By the way you can show up all day for the meeting which will start at 10 and go to 3. the public comments meeting will be from 4-6 but you can certainly be there for the whole thing. I will not be able to make it on the 24th and my alternate and VP Dave Perry will be there in my stead.
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:55 pm

How did it go?
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:57 pm

Focal wrote:
How did it go?

I agree, can anyone update us yet? I'm bummed I had to work :/
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:40 am

I was not there as I'm still in Orlando for a conference, my alternate and VP David Perry went in my stead.
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PostSubject: Re: A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm – 6 pm    Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:49 am

I wasnt able to go but here's an article VIIPER posted about it http://www.dailypress.com/news/breaking/va--dangerous-animals-20121024,0,6697443.story
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