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My First Day in the Capitol by Nikki Benoit

My First Day in the Capitol   Hi, my name is Nikki Benoit and while I have been involved in the Obama campaign (as an individual and not on behalf of any organization) I had never gone to our state's capitol to be a voice for the animals in person.  The Humane Society of the United States sponsored a Lobby Day in Tallahassee, FL to help others like me understand how the process works and what I could do to make a difference for the animals.  This is my summary of the experience:   I had a fantastic experience and received an Read More

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HELP SAVE THE TIGER & BOBCAT

HELP SAVE THE TIGER & BOBCAT http://youtu.be/yoUhUWGhHLI The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as CITES, is an international treaty designed to control and regulate international trade in certain animal and plant species that are now or potentially may be threatened with extinction. Currently, 175 countries, including the United States, are parties to CITES. The Convention calls for biennial meetings in which one of the functions is to consider amendments to the lists of species Read More

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Are there lions and tigers in your neighborhood?

Are there lions and tigers in your neighborhood? http://youtu.be/ISul23FDW0Q The private possession of exotic big cats in the USA is a huge problem. Only 18 states ban the ownership of big cats from bobcats to tigers, these cats are often kept in substandard conditions, exploited and live miserable lives. Watch this video and find out if it's legal to privately own big cat in YOUR state. To help us end this abuse please visit State and Federal Big Cat Laws Read More

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Ligers, Tigers and Lions – The Big Cat Problem

Ligers, Tigers and Lions - The Big Cat Problem http://youtu.be/-6aS6XBXSzY Big Cat Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charity dedicated to the care of exotic cats. We provide a permanent home for unwanted wildcats and we educate the public in order to eliminate the causes of abandonment and abuse.   The images of exploitation and horrid conditions in the video above were filmed in places where we had been asked to rescue big cats;  but we cannot save them all. Your voice for better laws and your tax deductible donations will make it possible Read More

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Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act

Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act http://youtu.be/zcHm73NsaJw H.R. 669: Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act. To prevent the introduction and establishment of nonnative wildlife species that negatively impact the economy, environment, or other animal species' or human health, and for other purposes. This will NOT affect hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. so don't drink the KoolAid the animal dealers are trying to sell you. The bill is to allow the US Fish & Wildlife Svc come up with a list of truly dangerous invasive animals that Read More

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COUGAR + CHEETAH = Big Cat Success!

COUGAR + CHEETAH = Big Cat Success! http://youtu.be/Qpr3jZbapDU The June 17, 2009 hearing of the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission set a record for the number of animal lovers to attend and speak up at their meetings. Carole Baskin as been attending these meetings since 1994 and rarely do more than two or three animal advocates show up but at this meeting we counted more than 40 people who spoke in favor of tougher laws to regulate the trade in exotic animals. We hope this is the beginning of a trend and if so it will shape the future. Read More

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Baby Tigers Exploited in Mall

Mystical Magic of the Endangered Act Joe Exotic is actually Joe Schreibvogel, the president of G.W. Exotics – an organization with a long history of animal abuse. Please read the information below and feel free to send your thoughts to all those listed below (TV, newspaper, govt officials, corporate sponsors, etc.) It might just help for the next time since he travels the country making money off his "exotic animal mills." Go to www.joeexotic.com and www.gwpark.org and prepare to get mad!   You can call the mall at (608) 781-4700 Read More

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CITES

Federal Register on CITES Comment Deadline 9/11/09 Tigers and bobcats especially need your voice before September 11, 2009. Please send a letter to both of these addresses: Div of Management Authority, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Svc 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 212 Arlington, VA 22203 or via e-mail at: CoP15@fws.gov or via fax at: 703-358-2298. Div of Scientific Authority, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Svc 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 110 Arlington, VA 22203 or via e-mail at: scientificauthority@fws.gov or via fax at: Read More

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Big Cats on the Menu

Big Cats on the Menu This page is devoted primarily to pending changes in Florida's captive wild animal rules, but even if you are not from Florida, this could make a big difference where you live because Florida currently produces more big cats than any other state.  These cats are hauled all over the country, and sometimes even to foreign countries where people are not as concerned with protecting animals. Join us there and speak up for the animals. This sort of egregious behavior just has to stop. When the cats cats can no longer be used Read More

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Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission Rule Changes

Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission Rule Changes Results from 5 years of input from you and "the industry" The June 17, 2009 hearing of the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission set a record for the number of animal lovers to attend and speak up at their meetings.  I have been attending these meetings since 1994 and rarely do more than two or three animal advocates show up but at this meeting I counted more than 40 people who spoke in favor of tougher laws to regulate the trade in exotic animals.  I hope this is the beginning of a trend Read More