Bill To Crack Down On Black Market For Tigers Approved In Senate
Friday, December 16, 2011
State Sen. Ray Lesniak
TRENTON – The state Senate approved a bill which would create a registration and reporting system for privately-owned tigers within the State of New Jersey in order to discourage the worldwide black market for tiger body parts on Thursday by a vote of 37-0.
“New Jersey has been a national leader in many social justice causes, like abolishing the death penalty, or public policy initiatives, like environmental protection,” said state Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union, a sponsor of the bill. “Today, we can add to that leadership by sending a message to other states, our federal government and the international community, that New Jersey cares. We care about protecting other animal species that share the planet with us. We care about their inhumane treatment. We care, and we want to do something about it.”
The bill, S-3061, would require the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to administer a system in which private owners or zoos which own tigers would register certain information with the state. Under the bill, tiger owners would be required to provide their name, address and telephone number, the address and exact location where the tiger is kept, the birth date, weight and sex of the tiger, a description of any distinguishing marks and a digital color photograph of the tiger, a hair sample sufficient to meet any future need for DNA analysis of the tiger. Upon review and approval of an application, the Department would be required to issue a certificate of registration for the tiger, complete with a unique identification number, and the tiger’s owner would be required to have a subcutaneous microchip implanted in the tigers’ neck with the ID number as well as other identifying information.
The bill also stipulates that within five days of a tiger’s death, the tiger’s owner would be required to submit the tiger’s remains to a qualified disposal agent to remove the ID chip and dispose of the remains properly, and the owner would be required to submit a sworn affidavit to DEP detailing the time and cause of death, and the ID number provided by the department.
“The penalties, registration and reporting requirements under S-3061 should make breeding tigers in captivity for sale of their parts a risky business,” said Lesniak. “It costs $6000 a year to feed a fully grown tiger, while the value of its parts is multiple times that amount. Those who breed tigers in captivity are not likely to keep them under humane conditions. And they could easily sell their parts for a profit and fuel the trade in tiger parts that has also spurred killing of tigers in the wild.”
Lesniak noted that the black market for tiger body parts, among other factors, has resulted in the animals being hunted to near-extinction worldwide. Over the last century, the world’s tiger population has fallen from about 100,000 to just 3,200 in the wild according to the World Wildlife Fund. Tigers are hunted, bought and sold not only for their teeth, skins and claws, but also for their body parts, which are used in many traditional Asian medicines.
Lesniak added that the body parts of a single tiger can be sold for a sum of $10,000 or more on the black market. He also noted that, at the time of the recent tragedy in Ohio, in which animals escaped from a private nature preserve, criminals were seeking to steal lion carcasses in order to profit from the illegal trade of their body parts.
“It’s not often we have an opportunity in the Legislature to change the world,” said Lesniak. “Today, we are blessed with such an opportunity. Today, we can send a message to the international community that New Jersey is joining the campaign to save tigers from extinction and to stop the illegal trafficking in tiger parts and the inhumane treatment of tigers that goes along with it.”
The bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration.
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NJ Senate Unanimously Approves Tiger Regulation Bill
Thanks to the combined resources of Big Cat Rescue, Born Free, Tigers in America, WWF, Mark O’Donnell and Senator Lesniak, there was such overwhelming support for this bill that it passed 37 to 0 !
It will go before the full Assembly next and we will alert you when to contact your Assembly members in NJ.
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Tigers are worth far more dead than alive because of demand in Asia and in some communities in the U.S. for tiger bone wine and alleged medicinal and aphrodisiacs made from their parts. The rapidly declining wild tiger population is now estimated to be only about 3000 tigers, with the greatest threat coming from poaching of tigers for their parts.
There are more tigers in captivity in the U.S. than in the wild. Cubs are bred constantly to exploit by charging for petting and photo opportunities. But, there is no system in the U.S. to effectively track whether, once they are too big to use for petting and photos, they are being killed for their parts.
Senator Ray Lesniak, Chairman of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, has introduced a landmark bill to require registration and detailed tracking of all tigers in New Jersey to prevent them from being slaughtered for the trade in their parts. We hope this bill will become a model for other states and possibly a federal law.
The bill passed the Committee unanimously and now needs your voice to continue its momentum onto the full Senate floor for a vote. Animal exploiters are lobbying to gut this bill, so it is important that you speak up now for the tigers! Please scroll down to send an email to your Senator urging them to support this bill. If you take a minute to customize the suggested language in the form, your email will have more impact. Thanks for helping stop the slaughter of tigers for their parts!
Animal Exploiters are Lobbying to Gut This Bill
Please contact the Committee members below and let them know that you want the Senate to pass S. 3061 as it was submitted by Senator Lesniak, with no “grandfathering” clauses to diminish its effect.
Assembly Agriculture Committee Members:
Nelson T. Albano, Chair
21 North Main St.
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609) 465-0700 – Phone
(609) 465-4578 – Fax
Celeste M. Riley, Vice-Chair
14 East Commerce St. 3rd Floor
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 455-1011 -Phone
John F. Amodeo
1801 Zion Rd. Suite 1
Northfield, NJ 08225
(609) 677-8266 – Phone
Ronald S. Dancer
2110 W. County Line Rd.
Jackson, NJ 08527
(732) 901-0702 – Phone
Gilbert L. Wilson
Audubon Commons Shopping Center
130 Blackhorse Pike 1st Floor, Suite D-3
Audubon, NJ 08106
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Several calls came in from people on the Upper Tampa Trail about a bobcat
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Big Cat Rescuers rushed to the scene with nets, gloves & carrier
Jamie finds it funny that her old mother is struggling to climb fence
Jamie listens for sounds of a bobcat in the brush and looks for motion
The roar of traffic makes tracking by sound nearly impossible
Raccoon tracks and wild pig tracks in mud, but no bobcat prints
Several good den options along Rocky Creek that could house a bobcat
Callers had said bobcat was thin and not concerned about their presence
All FL bobcats are thin, so we just wanted to make sure the cat wasn't in trouble
After a long search we conclude that no news is good news. This bobcat sees people all the time.
The good news about not finding the bobcat is that it wasn’t injured and not sick enough that she could be caught. Jamie is pretty sure she has seen this cat by the trail before. The bobcat was staying just out of reach of the people who had called, rather than bolting away, and that’s what they thought was odd. Jamie and Carole blade and bike the trail all the time and will keep an eye out for her and have alerted the Park Rangers to watch out for an ailing bobcat. If she is not sick, and just the typically thin FL bobcat, then right next to the dump is a great place to find rats. Bobcats make lousy pets, but great neighbors.
Andre and Arthur the two "deck cats" at Big Cat Rescue
Rushing to put away the tools before the storm
Sabre leopard casts two headed shadow on the ground
Green Shirt Maureen brings holiday cheer to captive cats
Can you guess which leopard?
Rare view of Genie the Sand Cat in her sandy cat-a-tat
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Sunbelt Staffing Workgroup Clears Lion Expansion Area
Sunbelt Staffing Workgroup Clears Lion Expansion Area
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The Zanesville Massacre Could Happen in Tampa
…or Just About Anywhere else in Florida for That Matter.
Zanesville Massacre 18 tigers 17 lions 3 cougars gunned down
At 5:30 a.m. on October 19, 2011, the phones at Big Cat Rescue began ringing with the news that Terry Thompson, a private owner and collector of exotic animals in Ohio, had released 56 of his lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, wolves and bears before committing suicide the night before.
As the watching world soon learned that day, Thompson had purposely cut the doors off his animals’ cages so they could not be returned to them. And because the perimeter fence around his property was a mere four- foot high cattle fence, and it was getting dark, the authorities who arrived on the scene were forced to shoot and kill all but six of the dangerous wild animals.
This senseless tragedy unfolded in Zanesville, Ohio, but it could just as easily have been in Tampa or any other city in Florida.
The reason is because there is a patchwork of laws across our country and a dire lack of funds to enforce them. All too often it takes a tragedy like the Zanesville massacre before the public finds out that crazy people and government agencies are playing Russian roulette with their lives.
Most people were shocked to learn that Thompson, a convicted criminal, could have a back yard full of the world’s most dangerous predators with no government oversight. Ohio had no state laws restricting such behavior. And Thompson did not have the USDA license he was required to possess in order to exhibit his exotic animals. Despite often being in the local news for exhibiting his animals at schools, he was never forced to comply.
USDA only requires that cages be big enough for an animal to stand up and turn around; there are no set standards for cage space, fence heights or cage construction materials. Depending on the inspector, a USDA licensed facility may be asked to have an eight-foot high perimeter fence. But an exotic animal facility in Dade City, Fla. that offers public swimming with tigers has a fence that is only three strands of wire; and not hot wire at that! Despite multiple citations, the facility has not yet been fined and continues to operate under the auspices of being “inspected and approved.”
The Florida Wildlife Commission boasts the most stringent wild animal possession laws, yet Florida leads the country with the most killings, maulings and escapes by dangerous wild animals. Having better standards than Ohio hasn’t done anything to minimize the danger to Floridians and the environment. Most people who don’t follow animal issues are aware that the Everglades are over run with giant non-indigenous snakes that are swallowing alligators and deer whole. These snakes, which quickly grow to 13 feet and over 100 pounds, have been found to have Florida panthers, bobcats and many species of endangered native wildlife in their bellies when captured. What most people probably don’t know is that the FWC is continuing to renew the permits of those who are not in compliance with their regulations and state laws.
In June 2007, Florida Governor Crist signed into law SB2766, a bill to regulate the possession of reptiles, but more importantly, included the requirement for a $10,000 bond to be posted by anyone exhibiting a Class I animal, which currently includes lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars and cougars. The FWC thwarted that legislative mandate by changing their regulations to allow people to call their private collections “sanctuaries” and forego the bond requirement. Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin contacted every member of the Florida House and Senate in 2009 to let them know how their law had been circumvented and they almost unanimously agreed to close the loophole by amending the wording to say that all who “possess” (rather than “exhibit” as the 2007 law read) Class I animals must post the bond.
Perhaps the scariest comparison between the situation in Ohio and the situation here in Florida is that no matter what the law was that allowed private possession of dangerous wild animals, it was the actions of a mentally unstable person who set his animals loose on his unsuspecting neighbors. When you consider that it is usually this type of person who collects dangerous lions, tigers, bears, pythons and such in their back yard, the obvious conclusion is that the only way to prevent such disasters is to ban the private possession of wild animals.
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Dee DeSantis is our winner of the $20. gift certificate for Dec 5. This is a daily contest, so the clock starts over for sharing your own personal link which can be obtained by signing up at http://bcw.bigcatrescue.org/start/?c=133
New Photos of the Big Cats
Each day for the next week or so we will be posting some of the newest photos of the cats. There are a bunch of new ones for sale in the Big Cat Shop.
Today’s featured exotic cats are Servals
What are the Best E-Cards to Send and Get?
These show the popularity of some of LaWanna’s BigCatFun.com cards:
EXAMPLES of how well videos go over as ecards:
This one of TJ playing in his pool has had over 45,000 views as an ecard
This one has had over 41,000 views as a Halloween ecards and this one wasnt posted decorated as Halloween very long ago.
This video (cats & watermelons) has had over 30,000 views as an ecard
more watermellong with over 45,000 views as an ecard
This video of you and cougar has had over 23,000 views as an eCard.
This one of the cougars purring has had over 17,000 views as an ecard
This one has had over 12,000 views as an ecard
This one over 12,00 views as an ecard
This one over 11,000
This one over 16,000
This one over 10,000