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Stop importing frogs, turtles for live animal food markets

Bullfrog photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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Dear Gary:
It is truly gratifying to see the overwhelming support for Assembly Bill 376, co-authored by Assemblymembers Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), which would ban the importation, possession and sale of shark fins for shark fin soup.

The bill has its first hearing on March 22 before the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, chaired by Mr. Huffman; Mr. Fong is also on that committee.

Support letters are needed now.  ALL STATE LEGISLATORS MAY BE WRITTEN C/O THE STATE CAPITOL, SACRAMENTO, CA  95814.  (There’s also a growing movement in Asia to ban this ugly and unsustainable commerce.)

Once the shark fin issue is resolved, I’m hoping that our legislators and the general public will take a hard look at the very similar problems found in the many live animal food markets throughout California.  We annually import some TWO MILLION American bullfrogs (commercially raised in Taiwan), plus an estimated 300,000-400,000 freshwater turtles (all taken from the wild in states east of the Rockies).
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Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Under: Food Animal Abuse, Frogs, Live Animal Markets, Turtles | No Comments »

Importation of live turtles & frogs: Something fishy at Fish & Game?

Bullfrog. Photo by Flickr user John-Morgan used under a Creative Commons License
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Gary:
In March of 2010, in a move to protect the state’s natural resources, The California State Fish & Game Commission voted unanimously to direct the California Department of F&G to cease issuing permits for the importation of live frogs and turtles for human consumption, the culmination of a 15-year struggle. The Commission received nearly 4,000 letters supporting the ban, from conservation and sporting organizations and the general public. Former Resources Secretary Huey Johnson wrote twice.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Under: Fish and Game, Frogs, Turtles | 5 Comments »

Frog & Turtle Alert: Your e-mails and calls urgently needed now!

Freshwater turtle. Photo by Flickr user zevotron used under a Creative Commons License
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Dear Gary:
FROG/TURTLE ALERT – E-MAILS/CALLS URGENTLY NEEDED NOW.

The Mandate of the State Fish & Game Commission is to protect the state’s natural resources. Toward that end, the Commission voted twice (5:0 in March) and (3:0 in May) to no longer issue permits to import live frogs and turtles for the live animal markets. Sadly, the battle is not over.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Under: Fish and Game, Frogs, Live Animal Markets, Turtles | 2 Comments »

Live Animal Food Markets: Frog & turtle ban by Fish & Game Commission

Bullfrog. Photo by Flickr user John-Morgan used under a Creative Commons License
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Frog & turtle ban at live animal food markets! Finally!

Wow, is this good news! And we owe it all to Eric Mills of Action For Animals (see his letter below) who has been leading this fight for years! Please drop Eric an e-mail at afa@mcn.org and thank him for his his dedication in helping to end the suffering of untold numbers of animals! Eric truly fights the good fight. Thanks, Eric … /Gary

April 12, 2010
TO: VARIOUS MEDIA
FROM: ERIC MILLS, COORDINATOR, ACTION FOR ANIMALS
RE: VICTORY!  LIVE ANIMAL FOOD MARKETS – FROG/TURTLE BAN

Greetings, all:
** See attachment from the State Fish & Game Commission at end of this note.

THIS IS A BIG DEAL, SO I’M HOPEFUL THAT THE MEDIA WILL GIVE THIS ISSUE THE PUBLICITY IT DESERVES.  It will spare the lives and prevent the suffering of millions of animals, while protecting the environment and the public health.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Under: Fish and Game, Frogs, Live Animal Markets, Turtles | 4 Comments »

Live Animal Food Markets: Stop sale of illegal frogs, turtles

Florida softshell turtle. Photo by Flickr user John Picken used under a Creative Commons License.
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My friend Eric Mills, coordinator of Action For Animals in , Calif., sent the following letter to the Director of Calif. Department of Fish & Game, and to the Calif. Fish & Game Commission. It pertains to the Live Animal Food Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond throughout the state. Many illegal creatures are presently being sold in these markets and Eric has been fighting the good fight for years, trying to stop this travesty.

He’s getting close (GO ERIC!) … the Commission just voted to issue NO future important permits for these frogs and turtles for the live markets. Unfortunately, this still allows current sales to continue for up to a year. What they need to do now is to BAN the current sales of these animals. /Gary

Eric’s letter, written March 24, 2010:
John McCamman, Director
DEPARTMENT OF FISH & GAME

John Carlson, Exec. Director, and Members
FISH & GAME COMMISSION

Gentlemen:
Over the years I’ve been making weekly visits to the live animal markets in both Oakland and San Francisco to see whether or not state laws and codes are being enforced.  In a word, they are not.
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Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010
Under: Action for Animals, Frogs, Live Animal Markets, Turtles | 4 Comments »

Frogs & Turtles: Your letters needed to help save millions

Bullfrog photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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FROG AND TURTLE ALERT – LETTERS NEEDED

I just received this important letter from my friend Eric Mills, coordinator of Action For Animals in Oakland, CA. Please read it and take a moment to send a letter. I appreciate it. Thanks for caring. /Gary

Gary:
For 15 years we’ve been urging the California Fish & Game Commission to ban the importation and sale of live frogs and turtles for the state’s many live animal food markets (for human consumption).  At long last, all five Commissioners seem to agree that the ban is needed to protect our native wildlife.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2010
Under: Action for Animals, Bulldog, Frogs, Turtles | 1 Comment »

Kiss a frog? Veterinarians say “No”

How about a little kiss? (Bullfrog photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA)
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In the movies, kissing a frog can result in a prince. But, as the disclaimer often says, “Do not try this at home.”

Frogs, like all amphibians and reptiles, can be a source of Salmonella infections in people. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) are reminding the public that instead of a prince, improper handling of amphibians and reptiles — and that includes kissing a frog — can result in a nasty illness.

Frogs passing on Salmonella to people recently made headlines when the CDC reported on Dec. 7 that water frogs were the source of 48 cases of human Salmonella infections in 25 states in 2009.
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Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2009
Under: Frogs | 1 Comment »

The Vanishing Frog and other amphibians are in BIG trouble

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Hi Gary:
I’ve been enjoying reading over your Pets and Wildlife blog. Having grown up in the Contra Costa area I am already familiar with your Times work. I thought you might be interested in some upcoming content I will be adding to http://www.savethefrog.com, a Web site created by the Amphibian Ark and The Clorox Company dedicated to increasing awareness of the amphibian extinction crisis.
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Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2008
Under: Amphibians, Frogs | No Comments »