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International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Statement on the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009

WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Jeffrey Flocken, D.C. Office Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement on the House of Representatives vote on the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act introduced by Representative Jay Inslee:

“The legislation passed by the House of Representatives today is an important stride forward in the fight to save great cats and rare canids. Faced with the ever-growing threats of habitat conversion, loss of food sources, illegal trade and disease, the vitality and health of these already imperiled species is on the line. Passage of the Great Cats and Rare Canids Conservation Act, which would support conservation programs, educational resources and increase monitoring and law enforcement activities to prevent poaching and illegal trafficking, is a commendable and necessary step by the government.

IFAW applauds the House’s action and urges their colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass this bill in order to preserve these magnificent and charismatic creatures.”

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About the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Founded in 1969, IFAW is an international animal welfare and conservation organization that works to protect wild and domestic animals and to broker solutions that benefit both animals and people.