Pending Legislation

Posted February 17, 2016

USFWS Comment period ends 2/22/16 for removing neophemas from ESA

USFWS has reopened the comment period (from 2003) regarding removing the scarlet-chested parakeet and the turquoise parakeet from the ESA endangered species list.   

Anyone who would like to make a formal comment to USFWS, please do so NOW - Comment period closes 2/22/16.

If you have current scientific or commercial information regarding why the scarlet-chested parakeet and the turquoise parakeet should be removed from the ESA endangered species list, please make a formal comment - see how below.

If these birds are removed from the ESA list, people can freely breed and sell them again.

Genny Wall
AFA Legislative Vice President


FROM USFWS in the Federal Register:

USFWS will consider comments received or postmarked on or before February 22, 2016.   Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
    (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: In the Search field, enter FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0176, 
	which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, click the Search button. 
	You may submit a comment by clicking on ``Comment Now!''
    (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing,
	Attn: FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0176, Division of Policy and Directives Management; 
	U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, 
	Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.
    We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post 
	all comments on This generally means that we will 
	post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section, 
	below, for more information).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janine Van Norman, Chief, Branch of Foreign Species, 
Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls 
Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone, 703-358-2171; facsimile, 703-358-1735. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service
(FIRS) at 800-877-8339.


Posted April 6, 2014


The federal Endangered Species Act does not specifically allow the keeping of any endangered species as a pet. Several states have passed laws that prohibit the keeping of any species that is listed on the federal endangered species list.

When the Blue-throated Macaw was recently listed on the Federal endangered species list, residents in Virginia discovered that they could no longer legally keep their Blue -throated Macaws as pets. Virginia resident and AFA member Louis "Buddy" Waskey approached his state senator, Stephen H. Martin, and asked him to sponsor a bill that would allow Virginia residents to keep endangered species as pets. Senator Martin proposed a bill (VA SB 50) that specifically said that said that Virginia residents could keep endangered species as pets if the federal endangered species act specifically allowed them to be kept as pets. Since the federal Endangered Species Act does not specifically allow the keeping of endangered species as pets, it was clear to us that this language had to be revised if its intent was to be achieved.

Buddy asked our AFA Legislative Vice President Genny Wall, Attorney at Law, to help draft language that would allow Virginia residents to keep their federally listed non-native endangered species listed wildlife (which would include the Blue Fronted Macaw and other non-native animals). Genny drafted amended bill language that not only allows us to keep non-native endangered species listed wildlife as pets, but also allows us to breed, sell, and transport them within the state of Virginia as long as the endangered species is not on a list of dangerous or injurious species under Virginia law. AFA 2nd Vice President Brent Gattis worked with Buddy, Senator Martin, Committee members hearing the bill, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, to make sure that all of their concerns were addressed by our proposed language. Virginia residents Buddy Waskey, Brent Gattis, AFA Secretary Carol Woodson, AFA Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Eddie Maherr, Rob Milko, Roger Wood, and other Virginia residents, attended hearings on the bill and followed the bill closely to make sure that it made its way through the legislative process. Many other people called their representatives in the Virginia legislature and asked them to support SB 50.

On April 2nd we learned that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed the bill, and it is now law in Virginia. Effective July 1, 2014 Virginia residents can legally keep their federally listed non-native endangered species wildlife, and they can breed them, sell them, transport them, and keep them as pets.

This is an example of great teamwork. This is how the "grass roots" is supposed to work. Let's do it again in the other states that still prohibit the keeping, breeding, selling, and transporting of federally listed endangered species that aren't harmful to people or the environment !

Genny Wall
AFA Legislative Vice President

Posted March 11, 2013

AFA Legislative Vice President Genny Wall submitted a formal statement opposing the proposed listing of the Blue-throated macaw as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Posted January 7, 2013

AFA Legislative Vice President Genny Wall submitted a formal statement opposing a petition to amend the Chester, CT Zoning Regulations which would prohibit the possession of "parrots" and "macaws".

Read the full text of VP Wall's comments by clicking on the image: