Victory in the campaign to ban circus animals
Government concedes defeat after bribes and intimidation fail to deter rebels
MPs voted to ban wild animals in circuses last night after David Cameron's attempts to bully Conservative backbenchers into voting against the measure backfired and ended in a humiliating public defeat. In a decision hailed by campaigners as an "historic victory for animal welfare and protection", MPs of all parties unanimously backed a ban and the Government signalled that it would introduce one, ending forever the days Read More
OSHA Enforces Against GW Exotic Animal Park
After Animal Legal Defense Fund Complaint
Wynnewood, Okla. — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited and fined a Wynnewood roadside zoo known as G.W. Exotic Animal Park for several serious violations of worker safety laws. The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sent a formal complaint requesting enforcement to OSHA on December 18, 2013, after a park employee was mauled by a tiger late on October 5, 2013 and nearly lost her arm. OSHA began its investigation Read More
Global March for Lions is Big News in So. Africa
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Cypress the Rehab Bobcat Update
Cypress the bobcat was rescued on January 4, 2014 and has been recovering in the West - Boensch Cat Hospital for these past 7 weeks. She had been resisting eating whole prey items, such as rats and chicks, so we were getting worried that she would never switch off the ground diet we have been giving her to the real prey items that she would have to eat in the wild. We couldn't let her lose her ability to recognize prey and insisted that she eat what wild bobcats eat, but maybe Cypress knew best because Read More
A rare Amur leopard, one of an estimated 30 left in the wild, was captured in Russia and examined by conservation experts before being released.
Representatives of a consortium of conservation organizations — including the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London — captured the female Amur (Panthera pardus orientalis) in south-west Primorye, a remote location in the Russian Far East, along the Chinese border.
The animal was tranquilised Read More
Traveling show thrills some, troubles others
Hanna Lucas (right) and her sister, Breanna, Michigan City, spent 8 minutes playing with 10-week-old Indochinese tiger cubs Destiny and Karma on Thursday night at Marquette Mall. Here, they feed Karma, a female cub. Photo by Alicia Ebaugh
By Alicia Ebaugh
Published: Saturday, December 11, 2010 5:10 PM CST
MICHIGAN CITY — A traveling wild animal show featured this weekend at Marquette Mall says it’s bringing a powerful educational message Read More
Letter: Animals exhibit’s photo appalling
Anonymous The Herald Bulletin Fri Apr 08, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT
Last October, when a group currently billing itself as Big Cat Rescue Entertainment brought a traveling exotic cat exhibit to Mounds Mall, The Herald Bulletin ran an enlightening article about the exhibit of baby tigers and the exhibitor, Joe Schreibvogel.
The article brought to light the fact that Schreibvogel has been investigated by the USDA for numerous violations of mistreating his animals and fined $25,000. Read More
There are a some lion and tiger cub exploiters still making the rounds at fairs, flea markets, parking lots and malls who are charging the public $10 - $25 to pet a baby lion cub or to play with a baby tiger cub.USDA regulations should over ride state regulations on this matter, but in Florida the FL Wildlife Commission has set its own standard that may differ a bit, but not much from USDA's ruling.
Here is what the law says about that:
Cubs cannot be handled by the public before the age of 8 weeks because they are not old enough to have Read More
By Ira Fischer
The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (S. 1381) was introduced into the U.S. Senate this past month by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The Bill is aimed at prohibiting private ownership and breeding of exotic cats such as lions, tigers and other dangerous wildcats.
The Bill is in large measure a response to repeated tragedies between humans and captive big cats, such as the episode in Zanesville, Ohio two years ago when the owner of a menagerie of exotic animals released his “pets” from their cages, Read More