Definition of a Sanctuary
Wildlife sanctuaries must meet all of the following criteria to qualify as an “accredited wildlife sanctuary” under the CWSA:
(1) Approval by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a corporation that is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, which is described in sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of that code.
(2) No commercial trade in the prohibited wildlife species including offspring, parts, and products;
(3) No propagation of the prohibited wildlife species; Read More
Violating Endangered Species Act
Keeping tigers captive is clearly a violation of the Endangered Species Act. Being bred into a life of confinement and deprivation as part of a collection, whether that collection be publicly or privately owned, violates the definition of “take” provided in the ESA on several levels.
First of all, the definition clearly says endangered species and those similar enough in appearance to “substantially facilitate the enforcement” (ie: tiger bones vs. lion bones) may not be collected. That statement Read More
Events leading up to the June 17, 2009 FWC final hearing:
According to the presentation the FWC has prepared for their final hearing on the Captive Wildlife Rules, 149 people spoke up in their workshops since 2005 on the issue. About 30 of those speakers were there on behalf of the animals. The rest have been breeders, dealers, the circus, and private exotic pet owners.
The FWC says they received 2,764 emails and at least 2,500 were from Big Cat Rescue volunteers and supporters according to CapWiz plus all we sent separately. 192 of the Read More
Captive Wild Animal Safety Act of 2003
Finally becomes enforceable in 2007
Links below were not in original text and are only for reference to related subjects.
[Federal Register: August 16, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 158)]
[Rules and Regulations]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Get the PDF
Fish and Wildlife Service
50 CFR Part 14
Regulations To Implement the Captive Wildlife Safety Act
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Read More
Memorandum of Law
Update 2/4/09: City of Del Ray Beach, Palm Beach County, FL is found liable for $2,256,300.00 when a loose dog bites a woman. What if that had been an escaped tiger? Get the Order HERE
Update 9/27/08 What Counties Can Do to Protect Their Citizens
Re: Authority of Local Governments to Prohibit or Limit the Possession of Wildlife Within Its Boundaries
I. EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITY OF FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION TO REGULATE FLORIDA 'S FISH AND WILDLIFE
Section 9, Art. IV, of the Florida Read More
Lobbying for Big Cat Laws
Cleo was once a cute, cuddly cub. Her owners put a harness on her to walk her. As she grew stronger, her former owner could not handle her enough to get the tiny harness off. As the years passed it became completely embedded in Cleo’s skin. Eventually as she grew the harness would have crushed her ribs. Because the owner did not know how to properly feed the cat, when she arrived at Big Cat Rescue she was so malnourished that to anesthetize her to remove the harness would likely Read More
Saber Tooth Sleuth
There is only one reason that lions, tigers and other big cats are suffering in captivity: We haven't gotten to the root of the problem...yet. The problem is that there are still some uneducated people who fuel the trade in big cats and a very few truly evil people who capitalize on their ignorance.
Those of us who know better, or at least have a more humane inner moral compass, far outnumber the abusers and their supporters.
We Have to Strike at the Root
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who Read More
Just a few good reasons to ban private possession of big cats.
2005: Just in the state of Florida there are 3,837 people with permits to own wild animals. Of that number 389 facilities are permitted to own tigers, gorillas and other Class I & Class II dangerous animals, but only 21 are accredited zoos and only 3 are accredited rescue facilites. 0.0002 of FL's populations owns exotic animals and yet all of us pay the price in safety and damage to the environment when no-longer-novel pets are turned loose.
Florida Read More
Dangerous Tigers in Captivity: Ex Situ
Tiger Conflict and Implications for Private Ownership of Exotic Animals
P.J. Nyhus,1n R.L. Tilson,2 and J.L. Tomlinson1 1Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Apple Valley, Minnesota
The risks associated with tiger attacks on people in the wild are well documented.
There may currently be more tigers in captivity than in the wild, but relatively little is known about the risks of injury or death associated with owning Read More