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 : EC78
Submitter : Mr. Peter Tetlow Date & Time: 05/03/2004 05:05:43
Organization : Tetlow
Federal Government
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Issue Areas/Comments
I have read and reseached numerous documents, comments, and recommendations by other organizations, regarding the current ban on prairie dogs. I find no reasonable justification for keeping the restriction in place, after close to a year without further monkeypox incidence. It seems blatently clear to me, that the powers that be, within the FDA/CDC/HHS, are fixated on trying to find a way out of this situation, with as little hassle as possible, and as much CYA as possible. It is also clear, that a majority of the public is totally unaware of the ban on a native species, because it has not been news worthy. The people who are educated on the subject are pet store owners, relocators, and prairie dog pet owners. Probably 98% of the average public would remember something about monkeypox, connected to prairie dogs, some time back, but would not be knowledgeable of the suffocating restrictions of the ban, currently affecting so many people. They wouldn't know, unless they were personally affected, because the banning agencies have not taken measures to educate the public. If there are prairie dogs unaccounted for, and the risk to human health is still a possibility, no matter how remote, then why hasn't the public been educated and put on alert? The answer is probably because the CDC/FDA doesn't want to make a commitment either way, so they are both blaming each other for the lack of finality to this situation, which would be laughable, if it weren't so tragic. These agencies turn a blind eye to the inhumane condition their ban has left these poor animals in, and the impossible situation they have put store owners in, who have been feeding and housing literally thousands of stranded prairie dogs. If a single one of you have ever loved an animal, you should be looking at yourselves in the mirror and you should feel ashamed. If there were a real concern about human health, with so many other diseases more dangerous than the slight chance of mpv ever happening again, than the CDC/FDA should be prepared to prove it and justify it. You were hoping this would die down and you could quietyly make the ban permanent, without anyone noticing. But that won't happen, because people are outraged, and they are talking to other people and officials, who are becoming equally outraged. Not just here, but in other countries around the world. The CDC/FDA/HHS, needs to be held accountable, if you make this ban permanent, arbitrarily, without conclusive and unambiguous reason to do so, and not just because it is the path of least resistance for all of you. Thank you, Peter Tetlow.