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  • Thu, March 26, 2020 4:00 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:
    ANIMAL ISSUES LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    March 26, 2020

    UPDATES


    Since we are on standstill for the foreseeable future, please consider donating to your favorite zoological institution.  Several circus related animal businesses could very much use the help, not only for the animals that had to be pulled off the road, but for now not being open to the public.  If you know of any others you would like listed please let me know and I will compile another list for next week.

    The Endangered Ark Foundation - winter quarters for Carson & Barnes circus 
    Two Tails Ranch - Zerbini elephants
    The Preserve - Kari and Gary Johnson’s elephants
    Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary- The Rosaire’s cats and zoo
    Bearadise Ranch - The Welde Bears

    IN THE NEWS

    Horse racing grapples with risks of running during pandemic

    Your pet won't give you coronavirus, so hug away, experts say
    I read several reports that initially, people became afraid that their dog could transmit COVID-19 and many people dumped their dogs at shelters.  A canine specific coronavirus does exist, however it is not transmissible to humans. 

    Free online field trips, activities and resources for children

    Urgent Concerns– Panel Talk: Circus Schools Respond to COVID-19

    Scientists say gorillas could catch coronavirus; parks in Africa shut down

    Baraboo circus museum provides virtual tours, content for homebound while COVID-19 delays opening

    Mexico Moves Toward Banning Animal Testing After Unanimous Senate Vote
  • Thu, March 26, 2020 2:21 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Thank you to those Fleet member companies who have contributed their strategies and new policies to deal with the stunning outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). See the attached document, which has been updated with additional contributions that were received this week. As this situation is quickly evolving with new developments nearly every day, NPTC will continue updating the list of best practices and share these in subsequent Weekly Updates. 

    If you would like to contribute suggestions about what is working in your fleet (or even what is not), please send your information in to NPTC Executive Vice President Tom Moore (tmoore@nptc.org). We will keep your submissions confidential and not share your identity with anyone. This shared best practices are at the heart of what makes NPTC such a valuable resource to our members.

  • Thu, March 26, 2020 2:18 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    (dollars per gallon)full history XLS
    Change from
    03/09/20 03/16/20 03/23/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.814 2.733 2.659 -0.074 -0.421
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.860 2.789 2.724 -0.065 -0.408
    New England (PADD1A) 2.990 2.918 2.849 -0.069 -0.365
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.045 2.989 2.911 -0.078 -0.399
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.709 2.627 2.573 -0.054 -0.422
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.689 2.591 2.499 -0.092 -0.494
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.577 2.504 2.438 -0.066 -0.438
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.803 2.742 2.680 -0.062 -0.294
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.399 3.322 3.248 -0.074 -0.278
    West Coast less California 3.026 2.954 2.879 -0.075 -0.277
    California 3.705 3.625 3.552 -0.073 -0.267
    *prices include all taxes
  • Thu, March 19, 2020 4:48 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:
    ANIMAL ISSUES LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    March 19, 2020

    UPDATES

    Almost every single legislative body is shut down for the time being due to COVID-19.  And with that so is every circus and carnival.  Please take every precaution necessary to keep yourself and your family safe.  At this time, I ask that the legislative action you take be to contact your representatives with the letter from Greg.  Be well. 

    IN THE NEWS

    Bill prohibiting people with animal cruelty charges from owning pets heads to governor’s desk  

    State Fair director on medical leave as split appears to deepen among board members

    ‘The animal entertainment industry will be a thing of the past first’

    McAllen weighs circus ban petition

    US Thoroughbred racing at a critical crossroads, review concludes    

    Texas baboon troop enlisted in humankind's war on coronavirus

    ASPCA CEO earns a whopping $750,000+ salary

  • Thu, March 19, 2020 4:43 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Dear Industry Family,

    If you have known me for more than a second or two, you know I am a faith based individual !  It has, and always will sustain me through the trying times and the good times !  We have fought so hard on other issues facing our industry and then a tiny, unseen negative creeps into our world and brings us to our knees.  I hope while we are here, we are all praying and asking for a quick solution, but more importantly, a healthy one.  I personally do not know of anyone who has contracted the virus but I would also like to keep it that way !  As of yesterday’s report there have been no reported cases in the county of NC that we live in ( that being said I do live in remotesville NC!).
    As a forceful group of people with ingenious, insightful and intellectual abilities, we will get to the other side of this with a grateful attitude and a stronger perspective on diseases that have the capacity to plague us.

    We all know this is not the fault of any one of us.  This being true of so many of the afflictions we face !  We are all in this together so we must band together more than ever!  Our President, Greg Chiecko, is in constant communication with other industry organizations and keeps us abreast on everything he hears !   Also, our lobbyists, led by Gregg Hartley, have been very busy in D.C. attending various meetings speaking out on our behalf to aid us financially!  Kudos to all their efforts!
    When all the legislation is resolved and comes to fruition, we should all take advantage of its availability.  We will continue to keep everyone abreast on any and all developments.   
    We all need to keep a clear head and stay focused on a positive outcome in the shortest amount of time while keeping everyone safe and healthy!  It’s amazing all the tasks I never have time to do that I can now do.  So why am I not doing them ???  I guess they are selective jobs I’ve decided I do not care to do!
    While this craziness continues, spend time with your families, do those unwanted jobs, and most importantly, look to the positive aftereffect!   We will have bigger crowds with more money ready to enjoy the services we bring to them!
    I ask all of you that have any kind of faith to join me in praying for our country, our leaders, our people and all the sick. Also, that prosperity be brought back to our nation in a greater intensity than ever before !

    My thoughts and prayers to all
    Debbie

  • Thu, March 19, 2020 4:40 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Ways and Means Republicans assembled a comprehensive FAQ to help explain how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. It covers what small businesses, seniors, and workers need to know and is broken into sections about what Congress has passed, what Congress is going to do next, and what the Administration has done to help Americans fight this global pandemic.

    Read FAQ here >>>

  • Thu, March 19, 2020 4:00 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    (dollars per gallon)full history XLS
    Change from
    03/02/20 03/09/20 03/16/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.851 2.814 2.733 -0.081 -0.337
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.898 2.860 2.789 -0.071 -0.335
    New England (PADD1A) 3.023 2.990 2.918 -0.072 -0.282
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.081 3.045 2.989 -0.056 -0.324
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.748 2.709 2.627 -0.082 -0.354
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.725 2.689 2.591 -0.098 -0.401
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.627 2.577 2.504 -0.073 -0.365
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.826 2.803 2.742 -0.061 -0.202
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.424 3.399 3.322 -0.077 -0.175
    West Coast less California 3.054 3.026 2.954 -0.072 -0.185
    California 3.728 3.705 3.625 -0.080 -0.156
    *prices include all taxes
  • Mon, March 16, 2020 4:37 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Needham, Mass. - Firestone Financial, a subsidiary of Berkshire Bank, announced today plans to offer assistance to customers impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus is causing business closures and event cancellations across the country.
     
    “We understand the impact this may have on our customers’ businesses,” said Michael Smith, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Firestone Financial. “Their focus right now should be on their own health and safety, and the health and safety of their families and employees.”
     
    “Helping our customers preserve their businesses during this rapidly evolving and unprecedented situation is our top priority,” continued Smith.
     
    Firestone Financial customers who are impacted by Covid-19 should follow this link and a member of their Rapid Response Team will contact them as soon as possible to discuss their current loans and present them with the best options based on their specific situation.

    Full release can be found here: https://www.firestonefinancial.com/About-Us/News/Firestone-Financial-to-Offer-Assistance-to-Custome

  • Fri, March 13, 2020 1:16 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    With the cancellation of Miami Dade, we now know the cycle of cancellations has begun. On the ground I am hearing about four major concerns: product, deposits, labor and depression. These are all “Together We Can” matters. Importantly, some other mentioned themes were “we are strong and will persevere” and “we are helping each other.”

    We all know we have lots of product on the ground in Houston and Miami. Sysco has been on the grounds throughout the day today in Houston, accepting and processing product returns as quickly and graciously as possible. Produce, dairy, and open items are unreturnable.

    Click here for entire message >>>

  • Thu, March 12, 2020 6:24 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:
    ANIMAL ISSUES LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    March 12, 2020

    UPDATES

    The City of Chicago is still considering a carriage horse ban.  The ban passed committee and is headed to City Council for a full vote.  The Cavalry Group has an excellent website for talking points and contact information:  Stop Chicago Carriage Ban

    CO SB125 which has passed the Senate and will now be heard by the environment committee of the Colorado House next Monday, the 16th.  The bill would ban traveling exotic animals.  Please help our Colorado friends and those that do business in the state.  Thank you, NAWA, for the contact information.  Oppose CO SB125

    IN THE NEWS

    Executive of Ky. equine company indicted in horse racing drug scam

    Mystic Aquarium urges lawmakers to reject bill prohibiting whales, dolphins from being kept in captivity

    Are your elected officials working for you or animal rights activists?

    Parents, exhibitors react over Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show cancellation

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