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Regulations To Implement the Captive Wildlife Safety Act

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

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Endangered Species Act

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

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Where Are All the Big Cats in the US?

This spreadsheet is updated from news reports and from postings on the individual facility’s websites.  No government agency tracks this information so Big Cat Rescue does.


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2009 June 17 FWC final hearing

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

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Captive Wild Animal Safety Act

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] [Page 45938-45947] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [] [DOCID:fr16au07-14] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Get the PDF Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 14 RIN 1018-AT69 Regulations To Implement the Captive Wildlife Safety Act AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Read More

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County Authority to Regulate Wild Animals

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 Date: 8/9/2005 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

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Lobbying for Big Cat Laws

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

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Saber Tooth Sleuth

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

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2005 Stats to Back Up a Ban on Big Cats

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

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4 Year Study Shows Tigers 500 Times More Deadly Than Dogs in US

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