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NFC: RE: Re: Shipping of fish

Work around it.  Don't write on it LIVE ANIMALS, or such.  and if
questioned simply say it's water samples (has worked for me for 13

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-nfc at actwin_com [mailto:owner-nfc at actwin_com]On Behalf Of
Rev. Christian J Hedemark
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2001 2:29 AM
To: nfc at actwin_com
Subject: NFC: Re: Shjipping of fish

Robert writes:

> The USPS informs me it no longer takes live animals.  Unless this
> the trading of fish may well be over anyone else heard this it is a
> law that went into effect Tuesday NO LIVE ANYTHING except insects !


They won't even ship insects.  I was scrambling to feed my collection
of old
world chameleons when my regular shipments stopped coming.  I now have
use UPS or other courier.

There seems to be two different problems:

1) FedEx refuses to ship live animals.  The USPS has a deal with FedEx
handle all air deliveries, and this is a sticky point they are trying
work out.
2) Many of the major airlines that the USPS (and other couriers) uses
starting to buckle under pressure from animal rights groups, and
refusing to
ship live animals.  There is legislation pending for some subsets of
(such as poultry chicks) to continue shipping but nothing sweeping
would help us out anytime soon.

The whole thing is a real mess.  Since I'm trying to turn my chameleon
into a business, it is particularly frightening to me.  Sure I'll
still have
herp shows but this is going to put a real dent in my ability to
market my
animals on a national level.  I'm also likely going to have to farm my

Reverend Christian J Hedemark II
Hillsborough, NC
"Those who are willing to sacrifice essential liberties for a little
will lose both and deserve neither." - Benjamin Franklin