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USDA Fails 2010 Audit

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 June 2010 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

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Which Wildcats are Endangered or Threatened?

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

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Captive Bred Wildlife Registration 1998

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

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HR 2210 a Bill to End Canned Hunting

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

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The Lacey Act

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

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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