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Today at Big Cat Rescue July 14 2013 Operation Wild Web

Operation Wild Web More than 150 people faces charges as officials seize endangered tiger pelt, elephant ivory USFWS/Associated Press - The undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) shows a Sumatran tiger skin/California confiscated by the USFWS. More than 150 people face federal and state charges after authorities disrupted wildlife trafficking operations involving tiger and leopard pelts, elephant ivory and live birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the arrests Thursday an undercover operation Read More

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Does USDA Regulate Lion Meat?

No One Is Telling Where Lion Meat Originates and the government doesn't seem to care.  Big Cat Rescue believes that the cute little cubs that are used in pay to play schemes at malls, fairs and in backyard menageries are ending up killed for their meat when they are grown.  No one uses lion hides so it is preposterous for this vendor to claim that it is merely a by product of that industry (as if that made it OK in the first place.) A genuine burger made from lion meat is being served by Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., in honor Read More

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Today at Big Cat Rescue June 19 2013

  Say NO to Farm Bill In a disappointing late-night move, the House leadership refused to allow debate on any animal welfare amendments when the Farm Bill goes to the full House. Bipartisan amendments on horse slaughter, horse soring, and protecting egg-laying hens were left out of consideration, while the dangerous, overreaching "King Amendment" remains in the Farm Bill. The King Amendment seeks to repeal state laws regarding agriculture production and could nullify measures on farm animal confinement, horse slaughter, puppy mills, shark Read More

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Today at Big Cat Rescue June 17 2013

Tigers For Tigers Coalition Update   The National T4T Coalition has been very productive since the conference in April. So far we have developed and sent letters to our congressmen asking for their support for H.R.1998. We also developed an informational sheet on the influence of crime syndicates on wildlife trade. Last week, members of the coalition were in Washington DC with David Houghton of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Tracy Coppola of the International Fund for Animal Welfare to meet with congress to discuss Read More

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Lion Population Drops by Two Thirds in 50 Years

Africa's lion population plummets by two thirds in 50 years   Nickson Parmisa / Wildlife Direct This lioness was killed on June 20, 2012, along with her sister and four cubs in Sholinge, Kenya, just outside Nairobi National Park. The lionesses had gone into a cattle area to teach the cubs to hunt. By Miguel Llanos, NBC News Africa's lions are running out of habitat and some populations, especially those in West Africa, are running toward extinction, according to a study published Tuesday. Using new satellite data, Read More

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Today at Big Cat Rescue May 24 2013

  Dear Florida Animal Advocates, This year’s state legislative session wound to a close earlier this month, and I wanted to thank you for all you did to give animals a voice in the Florida Legislature. You made phone calls, sent emails, and many of you even met with your legislators in person during Florida Humane Lobby Day to let them know that you care about animal welfare. And your efforts paid off! The Legislature passed a bill (H.B. 851) that: makes animal fighting offenses punishable under Florida’s anti-racketeering Read More

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Lions Threatened or Protected Species

Lions Need Your Voice Now!   We have until 15th June 2013 to give input on the proposed new TOPS regulations. If you wish to give input, and you’d like us to help lions, please send a quick and easy letter here:   https://www.votervoice.net/Groups/BCR/Advocacy/?IssueID=32440&SiteID=-1   CANNED LION HUNTING AND THE NEW TOPS REGULATIONS     The Department of the Environment has published amendments to the Threatened or Protected Species( TOPS) regulations (and given the public 60 days to file Read More

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FL Legislature Passes S504 to Prevent Cruelty to Animals

In these tough times, when our government often seems too entrenched in party line protection than working together, the passage of S504 is especially encouraging.  This bill, which has now successfully passed both the House and the Senate, cracks down on animal abusers by counting every animal involved, or every act of cruelty as a separate offense and in some cases invokes the RICO act so that the abusers' assets can be confiscated.   In the past, if someone were to be caught fighting dogs, for instance, they would be charged with Read More

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Just 5 Minutes to Help Springwater Park Animals!

  HAVE THE PARK'S ANIMALS BECOME POLITICAL PAWNS?   In Springwater Provincial Park near Barrie, Ontario, there's a modest little wildlife compound (zoo) with a small, ad hoc collection of native wild animals. Recently, the Ontario government changed the Park status to non-operational meaning visitor services are no longer provided and staff are not present. That means the animals have to be moved elsewhere.   This was great news as the zoo is outdated and inadequate, and best of all, homes with better conditions Read More

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Pasco Animal Services Outlaws Flea Market Sales of Kittens

The Pasco Animal Services Ordinance PASSED Alternative #1 that forbids breeders to conduct sales at Flea Markets. I want to thank those of you who took the time to call or email the board of county commissioners. I also want to thank those of you who were able to speak in front of the commissioners and show them that we care, are here, and speak for our companion animal family members. Below is how the ordinance now reads.   (Alternative #1)  (PASSED)  SECTION 14-108. LOCATION OF SALE OF DOGS AND CATS. (a) Any Read More
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