Courtesy of NAA:
New legislation, S. 1614 Lacey Act Amendments of 2023, has been introduced in the Senate intended to amend the Lacey Act. The legislation is not needed and would stop or severely impede import and interstate trade in live aquatic animals.
The current Lacey Act provides the authorization to prevent the importation and interstate movement of invasive species. The goals of Lacey Act Amendments of 2023 are achieved through existing authorities provided by the Act:
We oppose the S. 1614 for empowering the Secretary of Interior (Secretary) to prohibit the interstate movement of nonnative or native animals within the continental United States. This provision does not provide any flexibility to the Secretary to allow interstate trade of species in regions of the country where these animals pose little to no risk. The proposed federal prohibition in S. 1614 is a blanket prohibition nationwide.
We oppose S. 1614 for empowering the Secretary to list a species under emergency rule for a three-year period without due process involving advance notice, opportunity to comment, public hearings, etc.
Presumptive Prohibition on Importation
We oppose S. 1614 for empowering the Secretary to create, with public comment, an approved list of species for importation. Approved lists, commonly known as “White Lists,” are unusual for the federal government as a regulatory body or signatory or participant to international agreements and organizations predicated on prohibiting or restricting species trade for at-risk animals.