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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

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USDA Fails Animals and Public

Current USDA Regulations and Enforcement Fails Animals and Public Many facilities hide behind their USDA license as if it were a badge of honor, but this slide show will show you why USDA cannot possibly enforce the Animal Welfare Act and why it is a conflict of interest for them to be licensing the use of animals if they are also responsible for making sure animals are not abused. Breeding and dealing in captive wild animals is abusive and some other government agency, such as the Justice Department should regulate the care of wild animals Read More

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Summary of the Tiger Trade in FL

Summary of the Tiger Trade in FL   Is there a tiger in your neighborhood?   Probably, but the state doesn't want you to know   Florida leads the country in the number of breeders and dealers of exotic animals and also leads the nation in the number of killings, maulings and escapes by big cats. The reason Florida is such a haven for this activity is because, unlike other states, Floridians cannot appeal to their legislature to end it.   Back in the 1940’s Florida's constitution was amended to give the Fish and Read More

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Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference   Alan Green wrote Animal Underworld in 1999 which was, to my knowledge, the first documented expose on how it is that wild animals go from our nation’s most respected zoos into backyard cages, garages and basements as pets.  His four year investigation culminated in the book that rocked the exotic animal industry in 1999 and validated much of what I suspected, but had not been able to prove. The animals being bought and sold in flea markets and livestock auctions were surplus animals from Read More

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New York Post feature on The Lizard King

New York Post feature on The Lizard King   "THE LIZARD KING" By BRYAN CHRISTY   In 1981, National Geographic ran a feature story on the illegal wildlife trade, including a photograph of a Thai animal dealer named Mr. Dang wearing a Burmese python, one of the most popular snakes in the US pet trade, one that usually retailed for about $80.   But Dang's snake was an albino, a striking yellow and white, and it caught the attentions of many. His albino snakes were stolen, sold through a New York importer Read More

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Should big cats be kept on concrete?

Big Cats on the Menu This page was 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. When the cats cats can no longer be used to support their owners they are often dumped along the way;  sometimes into the hands of unwitting Read More