2004N-0049 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Control of Communicable Diseases; Restrictions on African Rodents, Prairie Dogs, and Certain Other Animals
FDA Comment Number : EC52
Submitter : Ms. Dianne James Date & Time: 05/03/2004 05:05:04
Organization : Midwest Prairie Dog Shelter
Individual Consumer
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Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Docket: 2004N-0049 - Agency Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection

Since the FDA collected all data and information via the internet, these findings are totally inaccurate. Most individuals do NOT access or do business regarding prairie dogs on the internet. Since "baby season" is from late May through early June, the data that was collected is also inaccurate since it was collected after the June 2003 ruling was implemented!

How does the FDA propose to enforce this ban when the majority of prairie dog pet owners do not use the internet and are not members of the online prairie dog groups that do know about the ban? Isn't that a total waste of tax dollars considering that an underground system must be in full force since this ruling was implemented?

Another fact to consider: if the FDA thinks that prairie dogs are difficult to monitor now - they must be prepared that in the event they choose to finalize this ruling - they will never again be able to trace any prairie dog and the origin.

Has the FDA considered liability for the health and well-being of prairie dogs due to this ban and the lack of Vet care that has ensued since the ban was implemented? Does the FDA realize that many Vets refuse to see or treat prairie dogs now? Does the FDA realize that MPV is a NON- ISSUE in the United States and that the health professional claim that NO VIRUS can harbor inside of ANY living being for nine months? Those who know about this ban, KNOW the ridiculous and inconsequential basis for this ban! Others simply choose to ignore it because those who share their lives with prairie dogs, will never accept that they can no longer be a part of their lives.

Why does the FDA insist that they are awaiting a decision from HHS and CDC - when many of us - including our state representatives have written documentation stating that it is the FDA - SOLELY - that is holding this ban in place? What could the FDA possibly have against the beloved prairie dog? The FDA can not possibly be that cold and heartless that they refuse to listen to reason and the hard cold fact that MPV is not a PRAIRIE DOG issue. Or could they?