Felid TAG Opposes Private Ownership of Exotic Cats
The following is from the Felid TAG (Taxon Advisory Group) Key Educational Messages 2009
The Felid Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) recommends the following key messages for AZA member institutions to use in their educational efforts relating to wild cats.
Wild cats are not appropriate pets.
It is unsafe to keep any type of wild cat as a pet; all species are extremely powerful and exhibit behaviors that are dangerous or lethal, even when hand-reared and Read More
Lawmakers Thwart Effort to Kill Endangered Species Protection
On July 27, 2011 with a vote of 224-202 the U.S House of Representatives rejected the "extinction rider," which would have prohibited species listings and habitat conservation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Defeating the "extinction rider" is great news for America's most vulnerable species and their habitat.
A big Thank You to all of Big Wildlife's supporters who took action and contacted their Representative!! Together, we're all making a difference for wildlife Read More
Abuse Continues Because States Lack Resources
Idaho's animal regulations are showing their lack of teeth. It's an issue that has been breeding for years, as animal management agencies stand in the gap between laws dictating which animals can be kept and the ability to enforce standards of care.
The seizure of wolves and bobcats from an Owyhee County home last week was just one example. But a less-publicized case sheds even more light on weird-animal regulation problems.
"It's a constant frustration," said Jeff Rosenthal, executive director Read More
Cubs Ripped from Moms for Eufaula Chamber Event
Despite being advised that the sideshow the Eufaula Chamber of Commerce booked for Whole Hawg Weekend travels the country 50 weeks a year offering pay to play with cubs as young as 5 weeks old (which is illegal) they have ignored the facts. The Chamber knows these tiny cubs will be used for a money making scheme where the public will be charged to pet the cubs and have their photos taken and is even advertising the display on their website!
Outfits like this one promote this kind of abuse under Read More
Download the USDA Audit Report
See how more than 2,000 tigers went missing in the U.S. from 2004 - 2011
USDA Audit Report 33601-10-Ch
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of Inspector General
Washington, D.C. 20250
DATE: June 29, 2010
REPLY TO ATTN OF: 33601-0010-Ch
TO: Cindy J. Smith Administrator Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
ATTN: Joanne Munno Acting Deputy Administrator Marketing and Regulatory Programs Business Services
FROM: Gil H. Harden /s/ Assistant Inspector General for Audit
SUBJECT: Controls Over Read More
List of Wildcats that are Endangered or Threatened
The following table has been compiled using three sources - IUCN Red List, CITES and the Cat Specialist Group (CSG) and is ranked in approximate order of vulnerability. The entries have been analysed and sorted to provide an overview of all three sources. In some cases specific sub-species are more endangered than the species in general and these have been listed, along with their scientific name as separate entries. For further information regarding the specific categorisation of the various Read More
Captive Bred Wildlife Registration Creating Generic Tiger Loophole
SUMMARY: The final rule amends the definition of ``harass'' in
Sec. 17.3 applied to captive wildlife to exclude generally accepted
animal husbandry practices, breeding procedures, and provisions of
veterinary care that are not likely to result in injury to the animal.
The final rule deletes the requirement to obtain a CBW registration for
eight species of pheasants, parakeets of the species Neophema splendida
and N. pulchella, the Laysan duck, and the ``generic'' or inter-
subspecific Read More
Support The Sportsmanship in Hunting Act: H.R. 2210
On June 20, Animal Planet Investigates: Captive Hunting Exposed aired, revealing appalling undercover footage from a HSUS investigation into captive hunts. This investigation aired just as a bill was introduced in Congress, The Sportsmanship in Hunting Act (H.R. 2210), that cracks down on these facilities and also bans remote-controlled hunting over the Internet. Captive hunts are privately owned ranches where customers pay a fee to shoot semi-tame exotic mammals—even endangered species—for Read More
The Lacey Act
These are the pertinent sections of the Lacey Act and changes in bold that need to be added to help end the abuse of big cats.
Title 16 > Chapter 53 U.S.C. § 3371. Definitions
For the purposes of this chapter:
(a) The term “fish or wildlife” means any wild animal, whether alive or dead, including without limitation any wild mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, mollusk, crustacean, arthropod, coelenterate, or other invertebrate, whether or not bred, hatched, or born in captivity, and includes any part, product, egg, Read More
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