Good Morning, fellow Big Cat supporters! I'd like to share with you an article I've written as the new Legislation Intern for Big Cat Rescue! My particular internship is a new one here and was created to further the incredibly important big cat welfare legislation we are constantly working on! Please keep your eye out for the articles and blogs I will share to keep you in the know about one of the most important that Big Cat does and how you can help us end the trade and save the cats!!!
Big Top, Big Cruelty
by Jessica James
2 Steps to Saving Big Cats and Their Cubs
The Big Cat Protection & Public Safety Act died at the end of the 113th Congress in Dec. 2014, but had 120 cosponsors in the House and 6 in the Senate, so that is twice the momentum we had in the 112th Congress. We will be reintroducing the bill in 2015 and will need your help to bring the bill across the finish line to a law that bans the private possession of big cats. Please sign up for our monthly, AdvoCat Newsletter so that you will know when we need you to send a letter or make a call to save
2014 Big Cat Bans Enacted
New York Assembly bans public contact with big cats AND their cubs. "The purpose of this bill is to protect animal caretakers, those interacting with wild animals, bystanders, and the animals themselves by preventing direct contact between wild animals and members of the public," the legislation reads. What is even more encouraging to animal lovers is the justification for the law:
"In New York and throughout the United States, several roadside zoo exhibitors and traveling menageries allow members of
What's the Difference Between the AZA & ZAA?
More than can be included in this article, but here are two of the differences that are most important to saving big cats.
Origins of AZA vs ZAA
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) was founded in 1924. The Zoological Association of America (ZAA) claims to have been founded in 2005, but appears to have just been an idea that never really took off until the Lowry Park Zoo, under leadership of Lex Salisbury, lost its AZA accreditation in 2008. Online sources
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