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Feb 17, 2021

Why we must all donate to USARK

Hi Everyone!

We love keeping reptiles. For many of us, this is more than a hobby — it's a lifestyle and a profession.

Unfortunately, not everyone sees things the way we do. Powerful, well-funded groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The Humane Society of the U.S. hire lobbyists at the state and federal levels to ban the import, export and keeping of our beloved animals.

Right now bans are pending in New York, Florida, South Carolina, Oregon and elsewhere. To learn more and take action, go to the USARK website.

It's a good thing we have our own lobbying group: the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK). From their mission statement: 

"The United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) is a science, education and conservation-based advocacy for the responsible private ownership of and trade in reptiles and amphibians. ... The health of these animals, public safety and maintaining ecological integrity are our primary concerns."

As devoted supporters, we have integrated USARK donation into the ShipYourReptiles Book a Shipment page. Simply indicate how much you want to donate (from $0.50 to $20), and we'll add that amount to your total. Every penny you donate gets sent to USARK. In 2020 you generously contributed $27,614.50. 

In addition to your donations, each year we donate tens of thousands of dollars to USARK. It's an essential way to help preserve our hobby — and all the people and businesses that support it. 

Next time you book a shipment, be sure to make a donation to USARK. If you want to make a donation now, do that here.

Take great care of yourselves and your animals,

Chad Brown

Founder of AllProShipping, ShipYourReptiles and ShipYourAquatics