Contrary to assurances made by Dan Ashe, CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), to member zoos concerned about the survival of their Animal Ambassador programs, the Big Cat Public Safety Act is alive and well.
Originally posted on The Last Word on Wildlife: UPDATED June 29, 2017 On March 30, 2017 the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1818) was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Proponents of H.R. 1818 laud it as a bi-partisan effort to “prohibit private ownership of captive lions, tigers, and other big cats in the US.”…
“Why is the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) teaming up with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to circumvent the Animal Welfare Act?” ~ Doc Antle
The Court’s Ruling has effectively clipped the wings of the radical animal rights industry seeking to use the Lacey Act to interfere with captive breeding programs in this country.
Most of the accidents with big cats, lethal and otherwise, have occurred at AZA zoos that are exempted from this legislation; most notably, San Francisco Zoo in 2007 when a tiger killed a patron and injured two others— and most recently, Palm Beach Zoo in 2016 when a tiger killed a zookeeper.
WWF appears to inflate tiger numbers for political expediency — Doc Antle
My latest for Takepart.com:
Lately, media worldwide have been frothy with happy talk about an unexpected increase in populations of the endangered tiger, with the global count suddenly up from 3,200 to 3,890. The World Wildlife Fund and the Global Tiger Forum reported the result based on a tally of recent counts by government agencies and conservation groups.
There was only one problem: The news was a publicity-friendly confection of nonsense and wishful thinking, unsupported by any published science.
Instead, the timing of the announcement had everything to do with politics: It came the day before the scheduled opening of the Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger…
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