Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Pennsylvania town passes exotic pet ordinance

Freeland's exotic pets expelled by ordinance

By AMANDA CHRISTMAN (Staff Writer)
Published: December 4, 2009

If you live in Freeland and have a pet puma - or any other animal considered exotic - you'll have to pay a fee or find it a new home.

Freeland Council approved its version of an exotic pet ordinance at Thursday night's meeting.

The ordinance was drafted and advertised to the public in November after two pet pythons went missing from an Adams Street home, to the fright of several people in the neighborhood. The snakes were eventually found, according to borough police, but residents still rallied for a ban on certain animals from becoming pets.

Now, residents who keep a pet defined under the ordinance as exotic or wild is subject to a $1,000 fine, 30 days in prison or both for each day the violation exists.

The ordinance also bans breeding or selling the animals in Freeland.

If someone has a pet considered exotic, they don't necessarily have to get rid of it. The pet owners can obtain a $300 permit and non-conforming use status for the animal, pending borough approval. The pet in question cannot have a history of health or safety problems and the owner must fill out an application that includes the animal's species, age and sex and a plan for housing the animal to prevent its escape.

If the pet dies or is taken from the home for any other reason, it cannot be replaced.

The permits must be obtained within 30 days of council adopting the ordinance.

Anyone who violates the ordinance must get rid of the animal or give it to the borough police department. Officers are allowed to release the animal into the wild, a zoo, or "dispose" of it in a humane manner, at the owner's expense.

achristman@standardspeaker.com


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Ontario town passes exotic pet law following discovery of jaguars, lions, monkeys in town

December 08, 2009

Exotic pet laws passed

Exotic pets are under fire these days, and several Ontario municipalities have put in place special bylaws restricting ownership of some exotics. The most recent case involves Thorold, where the discovery of several pet jaguars, lions and monkeys prompted local officials to take action.

The new bylaw bans ownership of primates (including apes), tigers, leopards, panthers, cougars, most reptiles, dangerous snakes, elephants, marine mammals, venomous snakes and some other wildlife not native to Canada.

Provincial wildlife laws do not usually deal with exotic wildlife. Recently, British Columbia put into place a new law restricting the importation of some exotic pets, but other provinces have so far not followed suit. Consequently, it is up to local municipalities to put into force their own restrictions.

These new laws do not pertain to budgerigars, canaries and other traditional pet birds, nor to some other exotic animals.

http://www.simcoe.com/article/151535

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ontario: "Province-wide law needed to protect animals"

By NTW Editorial
Editorial
Nov 06, 2009

It's astounding to think that in an era when we're supposed to be more enlightened about the welfare of animals and the frailty of many species because of the environmental carnage caused by humans, Ontario has no province-wide law covering the keeping of exotic animals.

Instead, the protection of species ranging from elephants and aardvarks to primates such as gorillas and chimpanzees is left to a mishmash of municipal bylaws scattered across this province.

Many municipalities have no such law, meaning there is little if no regulation of these animals, many of which are endangered in their own habitat.

The City of Thorold found the folly of not having such as bylaw recently, when a police raid on an alleged grow-op in a wooded area next to Highway 406 revealed three lions, a jaguar, monkeys and exotic birds in enclosures.

Because the animals aren't native to the province, even the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has no jurisdiction, the way it would with black bears.

The city is one of two municipalities covered by the Lincoln County Humane Society that doesn't have an exotic animal bylaw. City staff have pulled together a draft bylaw that lists a wide range of animals that would for most people be banned, including everything from lions and tigers to primates, alligators, dolphins and whales, venomous snakes and black widow spiders.

Most of us have seen those pathetic roadside 'zoos' in many parts of Ontario, where miserable creatures are kept in often horrific conditions for the amusement of people.

The need for a province-wide law covering exotic animals, with wording built in to guarantee the humane treatment of native species such as beers and deer, is obvious.

It's time once and for all to demand Ontario bring in legislation doing exactly that.

http://www.forteriepost.com/news/article/285643

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Ontario city drafts exotic animal bylaw after lions, jaguar found

Exotic animal draft bylaw ready for input

Thorold
Nov 06, 2009

Owning a wide array of exotic animals ranging from elephants and lions to gorillas, poisonous snakes and aardvarks could soon be illegal for most people in Thorold.

That's because the city, through the Lincoln County Humane Society, has a new draft bylaw regulating the keeping and care of animals. The bylaw is not yet approved by city council.

The bylaw, which people will be able to provide input into up to and including the Nov. 17 city council meeting, was drafted in the wake of the revelation that three lions, a jaguar and monkeys are being kept on a property in Thorold. The animals were discovered after police raided an alleged marijuana grow-op on the property next to Highway 406 recently.

The new bylaw, if adopted as it's written, does much more than just restrict exotic animals. It also contains sections stipulating the proper care of domestic animals such as cats and dogs, limits the number of pets people can in most cases have, and has provisions on dealing with dogs seemed to be dangerous.
Thorold is one of two of five municipalities covered by the Lincoln County Humane Society that doesn't have an exotic animal bylaw.

The list of prohibited animals in the bylaw includes bears, primates including monkeys and chimpanzees, non-domesticated cats including tigers, leopards, panthers and cougars among others, wolves, foxes and coyotes, reptiles such as gila monsters, vipers, cobras, alligators, pythons and anacondas, elephants, sea mammals such as dolphins and whales, and venomous spiders such as tarantula and black widow spiders.

There are exemptions for those bans, such as accredited veterinary clinics, lawful circuses or other entertainment venues, legally operated animal rescue operations or legally operated educational programs in which the animals are owned by institutions accredited by groups such as the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The bylaw also limits people to three dogs or three cats in most cases, and contains a provision requiring owners to stoop and scoop after their dogs.

In cases in which a dog bites or attacks another animal or person without provocation, the bylaw has a provision declaring such dogs dangerous, requiring a muzzle.

The bylaw also covers the adequate care of pets, including appropriate shelter, water, food and a clean and sanitary environment, and requires dogs to be licensed with the city.

City clerk Susan Daniels said in a report to city politicians that it's essentially the same bylaw adopted by the Town of Grimsby.

People who contravene the bylaw could be subject to fines under Ontario's Provincial Offences Act.

After the discovery of the big cats and monkeys in Thorold, Kevin Strooband, executive director of the local humane society, said even the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources doesn't have jurisdiction over lions and jaguars, because they're not native animals to this province.

http://www.forteriepost.com/news/article/285603

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pennsylvania town to vote on exotic pet ordinance

On the list
By AMANDA CHRISTMAN (Staff Writer)
Published: November 3, 2009

Freeland Council continued its meeting to December so it can vote on a proposed exotic pet ordinance.

The ordinance stems from an incident last week, when two pet pythons were reported missing from an Adams Street home, which alarmed several neighbors enough to ask council to ban some pets considered dangerous.

Anyone that keeps a pet defined as exotic or wild by the proposed ordinance is subject to a $1,000 fine, 30 days in prison or both, for each day the violation exists.

The proposed ordinance also bans the breeding, sale, adoption or transfer of pets considered exotic or wild.

The ordinance also provides rules for anyone that owns an exotic or wild pet in the borough now. Essentially, the ordinance states people must own the pet prior to Monday night's council meeting, when council announced it would advertise the ordinance for 30 days.

Those pet owners can get a $300 permit and non-conforming use status for the animal pending zoning officer approval and if they meet certain criteria set by the ordinance. Those criteria include no prior health or safety problems against the pet owner. The owner must also fill out an application that includes the animal's species, age and sex and a plan for housing the animal to prevent escape. The pet is also not allowed to roam in public freely.

When the pet dies or is removed from the home it can't be replaced.

The permit must be obtained within 30 days of council adopting the ordinance.

Anyone that keeps a wild or exotic pet in violation of the ordinance must get rid of the animal or give it to the borough police department. Officers are allowed to release the animal to the wild, a zoo, or "dispose" of it in a humane manner, depending on the type of animal. The animal's owner will pay the borough for the cost of removal or placement. The ordinance would be enforced by borough code, zoning, police and possibly a building code inspector.

Council will vote on the ordinance at its continued meeting. Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Once the ordinance is advertised it will be available for public inspection at the borough.

The two snakes reported missing Wednesday prompted Freeland police and fire departments to conduct a search of the neighborhood around 345 Adams St., looking for a nine-foot long and a four-foot long python.

Nicole Composto of 343 Adams St. who lives in the other half of the double home where the snakes went missing was so scared that she, her husband, Steve, and two small children stayed with a relative until Saturday night. At Monday's council meeting, Composto thanked the borough for its quick action in dealing with the issue and for arranging for a Vector Control exterminator to inspect the homes and try to locate the smaller snake, which is still at large.

The larger snake was found later that night but the smaller python still remains at large. Solicitor Donald Karpowich said, when talking to the snake's owner, he was told the snake likely died because its body can't handle the cold weather.

Resident Nick Lapchak, who attended Monday's council meeting said many people in the neighborhood were worried about the missing pythons.

Councilman John Budda asked if pit bulls could be added to the list of banned animals. Karpowich said he didn't think it could, but noted any dog that harms a human being or has a history of aggressive behavior is banned. Sgt. Rob Maholik said the ordinance should include any dog that harms a human or another animal and Karpowich agreed to add that to the law.

achristman@standardspeaker.com Animals considered wild or exotic and, according to the ordinance, are banned from becoming pets in a Freeland home, include but aren't limited to:

Amphibians - All venomous frogs, toads, turtles.

Bears

Felines - Lions, pumas, panthers, mountain lions, leopards, jaguars, ocelots, margays, tigers, bobcats and wild cats. It excludes common domesticated cats.

Crocodilians - All alligators, caimans, crocodiles and gavials.

Dogs - Wolf, fox, coyote, dingo or the offspring of a domestic dog that was bred with such types. Also, any dog that bites, injures or attacks a human being without being provoked, or any dog deemed dangerous under state law is banned.

Pigs - All wild or domesticated swine, excluding certified Vietnamese potbellied pigs.

Reptiles - All venomous and constricting snakes, such as boa constrictors, pythons and all venomous lizards.

Venomous invertebrates - Such as spiders and scorpions.

In addition, porcupines, skunks, sub-human primates, raccoons, civets, weasels, martens, mink, wolverines, ferrets, badgers, otters, ermine and mongoose.

Vietnamese potbellied pigs must be certified as such by a nationally recognized registry or a licensed veterinarian, they must also be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and can't be bred. Owners must also keep proper documentation if they were advised against vaccination by a licensed veterinarian.

Domesticated ferrets are allowed but must be de-scented, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and not allowed to wander freely outside. Proper vaccination documentation on the pet ferret must be shown to a borough official upon request. Ferret breeding is banned.

- Amanda Christman

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Better Email Addresses to Save Cancun Tigers

These email addresses have been reformatted and all work.  PLEASE try to write something to them again, it's so important…….thanks!!

 

This little guy needs your help……….

 

GW Exotics cub on display small.jpgWould you please join me in writing to GGP – corporate owner of 200 regional malls throughout the country?  They are based in Chicago and they own Southland Mall, the latest venue for G.W. Exotic's newest traveling magic show billed under the name "Awakening Production." 

 

If we don't strike at the root – the corporate owner of all of these malls – we'll never be able to stop this man's abuse.  By the time the local malls find out about him, he's moved on and even the resulting bad publicity is yesterday's news for them.  They don't care since he's long gone.

 

Won't you take a minute today to politely ask them to refrain from allowing these exhibits in any of their malls?  The facts are listed below for you in my letter.

 

You can simply cut and paste all the GGP corporate officers and newspapers from my list below:


john@bucksbaum.net, adam.metz@ggp.com, ed.hoyt@ggp.com, robert.michaels@ggp.com, sharon.polonia@ggp.com, wally.brewster@ggp.com, ronald.gern@ggp.com, joel.bayer@ggp.com, editor@thenewsherald.com, contribute@tribune.com, zfinken@suntimes.com

GGP Chairman of the Board:

 

John Bucksbaum                                                Phone: 312-604-2029 (direct line)
191 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 1500                                        312-621-0590 (main office number) Extension 244
Chicago, IL 60606                                              Fax:      312-621-0984 (not private)


Subject: What is your stand on corporate responsibility?

 

This week, G.W. Exotics was able to convince another large corporation – GGP - that their traveling animal show was just an innocent display of wild animals.  Your Southland Mall played host to this charade, this time G. W. Exotics billing itself as "Awakening Production."

 

First, let me say that I am not a member of PETA.  I am just a mother/grandmother who happens to be a senior keeper at an accredited rescue facility caring for big cats - just like those at your mall - who have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, bred nearly to death in order to supply these "displays."  The govt. doesn't step in to save them, we as ordinary citizens are called upon to do it.  These animals are ultimately dumped when they are too large to handle and too expensive to care for.  Legislation and regulations are scant and enforcement is rare since this falls very low in priority.  Budget cuts have resulted in too few inspectors to begin to make a dent in curtailing abuse like this.

 

If you take the time to investigate and delve deeper, you will learn that this isn't an innocent, family fun exhibit GGP is hiring.  There is a dangerous, abusive, and well-documented past to this exhibitor, Joe Schreibvogel.  In fact, he has become a pariah in the animal protection world.  Why?  Because he is a major supplier to the illegal trade of exotic animals in this country. 

 

At your Southland Mall, he showed up with 7 baby exotic lions, tigers, and kangaroos.  What do you think will happen to these animals once they are too large for his mall "human encounters?"  Their shelf life is very short. More and more are bred constantly to fuel his business while those that grow too big are disposed of.  Since his shows are only a couple of days, by the time the public, or the malls who have hired him, find out about his notorious past (under many different business names), he has moved on.  Quite like the old-time snake oil salesmen.

 

But these are not the old days.  This is a new world of corporate responsibility.  Recently, when the Price Chopper chain of stores found out a display like this was taking place at an event they were sponsoring, they yanked their sponsorship.  They stepped up and did the right thing.  Will GGP do what is right and humane and help stop this abuse, too?  Is it really worth having your image tarnished by this man's sordid reputation?  Wherever he goes, controversy and bad press follows (see articles below).

 

Your corporation has booked this man in the future at many of your malls.  Attached and below, are the facts, legal proceedings, and numerous articles written about Joe Schreibvogel to prove his reputation as an animal abuser.  GGP has qualified for the "Companies That Care Honor Roll" for 3 years.  Will you be a good corporate citizen and "walk the talk?"  Please show that you truly care by cancelling any future shows by this exhibitor at any of your malls.  How can you not?

 

Sincerely,

Julie Hanan

Lutz, FL

 

Cc:      CBS – Chicago

NBC – Chicago

ABC – Chicago

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Sun Times

 

Exotic Joe is actually Joe Schreibvogel, President of the infamous G. W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, OK.  His USDA license is License 73-C-0139 and his USDA violation file is attached (please take the time to read it since it lists many of his animal cruelty violations).  He has been slapped with violations and even fined $25,000 which, in the world of USDA animal violation fines, is a huge amount.  At any one time, he has housed more than 170 big cats and 1,400 animals on 16 acres. I am a senior keeper at an accredited big cat rescue sanctuary. We currently provide a home for about 125 rescued wildcats on 42 acres and feel we are maxed out, given the space we have. With 1,570 animals crammed onto 16 acres at G. W. Exotic, you can imagine the poor quality of life and lack of care these animals must endure.

 

If you check out Joe Schreibvogel's website at http://www.gwpark.org/ you will see a website filled with people holding, handling, posing with baby exotic animals.  This begs the question, "Where do all these animals wind up when they are adults?"  Though he'll claim he doesn't breed or sell, the evidence below is quite the contrary. In addition, what quality of life do these animals suffer when they are trucked all over the country for these "magic" shows?

 

What is commonly referred to as "puppy mills" is what Schredibvogel runs, the difference being he churns out dangerous carnivores.  He is a major supplier fueling the exotic animal trade. It's very easy for him to book gigs and travel with these babies since he ties his act to "protecting endangered species" - or whatever the buzzword of the day is.  But, make no mistake, this is a modern day snake oil salesman making money off the backs of these innocent animals with more and more being churned through his "park."  All the while, he is exposing the public to a tremendous amount of danger.

 

Isn't it time our state and national representatives enact legislation to protect the general public from this type of deceptive practice and eliminate the public safety risk and the animal abuse it encourages? The maulings and killings become more and more prevalent. Haley Hilderbrand, a high school senior was killed when she posed with a tiger for a photo only a couple of years ago and yet the namesake bill sponsored after her death still lingers in Congress…..Julie Hanan, Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, FL

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON JOE SCHREIBVOGEL, G.W. EXOTIC ANIMAL PARK:

 

The following quotes are from G.W. Exotic Animal Park:

 

·         "… I do not in any way breed, sell, ship out, lease, or loan out any of my animals …"
—[J1], letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, December 6, 2002

·         "[A]ll of our cats are fixed or split up so they can't breed, … we do not buy, sell, or trade any animal…."
—[J1], e-mail message to PETA, August 30, 2003

·         "I never sell or donate to anyone."
—[J1], letter to Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Renewal of Commercial Wildlife Breeders License, November 21, 2001

 

 Contradictory incidents since 2001:

·         GW sold one male and two female lion cubs for $1,500 each to the Amarillo Zoo in Texas. All three were born at GW in September 2005 and were declawed before they were 1 month old. Parents of the cubs were all GW residents who were allowed to breed.

·         TV news reported an astounding 18 new tiger cubs and one very pregnant tiger at GW. The pregnant tiger, Sasha, was GW's first rescued, and never spayed, tiger.

·         A female cougar, born at GW on March 14, 2000, was shipped to the Seoul Grand Park Zoo in the Republic of Korea.

·         A cougar, born at GW, was shipped to the Sofia Municipal Zoo in Bulgaria.

·         Two cougars born at GW were shipped to the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand.

·         GW reportedly tried to sell an infant baboon named Savannah, born April 24, 2003, to an undercover activist who visited the facility.

·         GW sent a lion cub to Capital of Texas Zoo (Cedar Creek, Texas). The cub was then loaned to Bobbie Colorado, who appears weekly on an Austin TV station. While in the custody of Bobbie Colorado, the lion cub was killed by a dog. 

·         GW transferred a tiger named Blondy to the Hillcrest Zoo, a roadside zoo in Clovis, New Mexico, that has been repeatedly cited for a multitude of violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failing to provide sufficient food to three zebras who all died within a two-day period.

·         In 2003, GW obtained four snakes, four flying squirrels, two sugar gliders, and 10 alligators from Strictly Reptiles, a Florida wholesale distributor of reptiles.

·         GW has purchased animals including a bear cub, a tiger cub, miniature horses, and birds from exotic animal auctions, such as Lolli Bros., which states on its Web site: "From Apes to Zebra—We sell it all!! In addition to 'live' animal sales, we also offer a phenomenal selection of excellent of Taxidermy [sic] at each sale."

 

EXOTIC ANIMAL DISPLAY: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Despite vociferous criticism from animal rights groups, traveling showman says he offers a once-in-a-life experience
Video shows tigers being hit with the butt of a rifle, a goat with a horn ripped off exposing its brain, USDA lawsuit with 14 infractions
By _TRENT JACOBS_
(http://www.dailysentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2009/04/24/mailto:tjacob\s@coxnews.com)
The Daily Sentinel
Friday, April 24, 2009

Lions, tigers and bears took over the University Mall earlier this week,
and tonight residents are promised a free anti-drug and alcohol magic show
at 6 p.m. in the middle of the mall concourse, courtesy of none other than
Joe "Exotic" Schreibvogel.

Schreibvogel is the ring leader of a traveling zoo and magic show that has
performed for audiences young and old across the country for several
years. Schreibvogel was to perform several magic shows earlier this week, but
his tour bus broke down, leaving him stranded at his animal park in
Wynnewood, Okla, After chartering a bus and starting an emergency fund-raising
effort to fix the bus, Schreibvogel was scheduled to arrive in Nacogdoches
sometime Friday afternoon. He said he will take the stage tonight before
heading back out of town Sunday.

Preceding Schreibvogel's arrival was an 18-wheeler trailer carrying baby
lions, bears and tigers that have been on exhibit at the mall all week. For
a $25 donation, mall patrons can take pictures and visit with the animals
for eight minutes. Schreibvogel owns and operates a non-profit animal ranch
in Oklahoma called the G.W. Exotic Animal Park. The park was founded in
1997 and named in honor of his brother, Garold, who was killed by a drunk
driver in Corsicana, Texas. Schreibvogel says his brother was passionate about
wildlife, and he now uses his traveling magic act to build awareness among
young people about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and bullying. He will open
and close tonight's show with songs he wrote about his father's inability
to express love to his dying son and how he was forced to take his brother,
who spent a week in a coma due to his injuries, off life support.

Schreibvogel says he is on a constant hunt for donor money to help keep
his park, which also houses various volunteers, afloat. He says he takes no
salary, and the only people on his payroll are the commercial truck drivers
he uses for the traveling baby animal show and to pick up meat for the
animals. He also mentions that he used his inheritance from his grandfather to
keep the park running and it's 1,400 animals fed, which he says takes about
$60,000 a month.

It's because of that large sum of money that Schreibvogel says he is
"forced" to breed young lions and tigers and take them out on the road. Despite
his claim that he gives the baby lions and tigers to zoos and other
accredited preserves, it is an action that animal rights groups like the
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals oppose vehemently.

According to Lisa Wathne, who is a captive exotic animal specialist with
PETA, said, "Joe Schreibvogel is directly contributing to the exotic-animal
trade that he says he is against. But the truth of the matter is, he is
putting a lot of animals into that trade. It's despicable."

But Schreibvogel claims that patrons to his wildlife park cannot sustain
the costs of operation, and Internet scams have dissuaded people from
donation through his Web site. On the site, he talks about a crusade to save
"dying malls across America" and describes his traveling act as a
once-in-a-lifetime experience for the over 2 million people he meets a year.
"We help the malls, and they help us by letting us use the space for free.

I meet 2-year-old people and 95-year-old people that have a life dream of
being able to go see a tiger in real life. So, here they have the option to
sit in a cage, get educated, fall in love with and get a personal aspect
of a baby tiger that otherwise they would have never seen in their life,"
Schreibvogel says.

But it's that chance encounter that James Bias, spokesperson for the SPCA
of Texas, said is a misrepresentation of true wildlife advocacy.
"You know you're taking wild animals, regardless of how they've been
raised, and they are still wild and not domesticated, and putting them on
wheels and trucking them around. That's just not what these animals were geared
to do, and, of course, you're increasing their stress levels and the
potential for abuse," Bias said. "For somebody to claim that this is an
opportunity for the community to see wild animals up close, this usually
doesn't represent what their normal environment is. You're not going to see someone who's

holding a tiger in a shopping mall realize that these animals deserve dignity. I mean this is the least dignified way for animals to be cared for."

In fact, Schreibvogel, his animal park and his traveling animal show have
all been fined and cited for numerous infractions by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, which is responsible for enforcing federal animal welfare
laws. In January 2006, the USDA filed a lawsuit against Schreibvogel, and he
along with his park were put on 18 months of probation for 14 infractions,
including poor living conditions for the animals, unsanitary conditions and
a general lack of proper care for the animals by untrained staff, the suit
said. Schreibvogel was also ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and has since
been taken off probation. Schreibvogel says the USDA "targeted" him after he
was cited for not having "a readily identifiable employee" within proximity
to some rescued baby deer. In a moment of passion, Schreibvogel says he
threw the USDA inspector who issued the citation out of the park a move he
now says he regrets. Schreibvogel says he is now in compliance with the
USDA and provided The Daily Sentinel with copies of 11 inspection reports
dated from November 2006 to January 2009 reflecting his claim, with only one
infraction concerning proper recording keeping.

Schreibvogel also claims that a YouTube video made during his probation
period in 2006 by the PETA group was a "frame job," and the undercover PETA
agent used sympathetic friends to incriminate the park. The video depicts
park volunteers debating whether or not to properly euthanize a lame horse.
They argue that using chemicals on the animal would prevent them from
feeding the meat to some of the other animals, and that a gunshot to the head
was more appropriate. The video also shows an animal handler hitting tigers
with the butt of a rifle and a goat with a horn ripped off exposing its
brain. The video says the goat was left injured for days before being shot and
fed to the big cats at the park. Another portion of the video has an audio
recording of one park volunteer explaining how easy it is doctor the "feed
report," because inspectors cannot prove you did not feed the animals on any
given day. The park volunteer goes on to acknowledge the park was in
violation of the law when the park ran out of meat and did not feed the animals
for three or four days. The volunteer also says they are only allowed to
fast the animals for a single day, according to U.S Department of Agriculture
regulations. "They can't go back, unless they've got video cameras out
here, and prove that we didn't feed them that day. There's no way they can go
back and prove we didn't feed them," the volunteer says to the undercover
PETA agent. Other parts of the video show park staff kicking and swatting
animals and shows the erratic behavior of some of the captive tigers and
bears, describing them as having gone "cage crazy" from lack of psychological
stimulus in their tight confinements.


Schreibvogel says that all but one of the employees in the video had been
fired for other infractions and that the USDA had cleared him of any
wrongdoing after an investigation into the claims made in the video.
Schreibvogel says that the animals he rescues come from private owners, and due to
newly imposed restrictions in cities across the nation on exotic-animal
ownership in the past decade, he has taken in dozens of animals like tigers and
chimpanzees.

Summing up his long-lived feud with PETA, Schreibvogel says, "They believe
the animals are better off being put to sleep rather than being put in a
cage. Unfortunately, I don't think that's fair."

In response, Wathne maintains PETA just wants Schreibvogel to change his
business plan, saying, "We don't want to euthanize his animals. What we
would like to see Joe do is stop breeding animals ... stop bringing them into
an already overcrowded world and into a situation where he has to dump the
animals after he's done using them, and provide the animals he has with
appropriate space, food and shelter. If he were operating as a true sanctuary,
we would have no concerns with him. And, in fact, we would support him just
as we support numerous other sanctuaries across the country."
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Friday, June 29, 2007 12:36 AM CDT

BY JEAN STARR
Times Correspondent

MICHIGAN CITY - An exhibition of exotic baby animals and magic acts
opened this week at Marquette Mall, despite objections from People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Mystical Magic of the Endangered arrived Wednesday at the mall.
Presented by G.W. Exotic Animal Foundation, the show will continue
through Sunday.

PETA said it conducted a covert investigation after learning of
complaints filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service. The formal complaints against G.W.
Exotic Animal Foundation in Wynnewood, Okla., were for violations
including failure to provide adequate care and failure to minimize
safety risk to the public while handling the animals.

According to the USDA Consent Decision and Order docket, foundation
owner Joe Schreibvogel was fined $25,000 and told to cease and desist
from 14 violations of the Animal Welfare Act.


Schreibvogel told Marquette Mall manager Laura Tubbs that he has paid
the fine and presented her with recent inspection reports.

"We certainly do background checks on any of the acts," Tubbs said.
"Their whole organization is a positive message geared toward the
children, including anti-drug and not drinking and driving."

Michigan City Planner John Pugh said the city approves of special
exhibits at Marquette Mall.

"We're not involved in it because it is considered a permitted use as
part of Marquette Mall's permanent shopping zoning," he said about the
animal exhibit. "It's permissible, and they're considered accessory
uses such as car shows (and other) special events."

On the Web
G.W. Exotic Animal Foundation: www.gwpark.org.

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2007/06/29/news/porter_county/docbba09f511851b13086257309000a977f.txt
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Support MO House Bill 426

New Bill May End Public Access to Exotic Carnivores
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BOONE COUNTY - A Boone County big cat sanctuary lets the public see what it takes to raise a tiger.

Dale Tolentino says he loves Hermara the tiger, but says taking care of her is a lot of work.

"The majority of the animals here are all rescue animals we took them because they needed a place to live." said Tolentino.

Hermara is eight months old and weighs 80 pounds. She needs 15 pounds of meat every day and a lot of attention and new toys.

Tolentino and his wife Debbie are sharing the experience of running an animal sanctuary. They're holding an open day on September 20th. Their address is 6000 Creasy Springs Road, in Boone County. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

But a new bill may end public access to these big carnivores. House Bill 426 will go before the Missouri State House in the next session. It proposes to force owners of big carnivores, like Hermara, to get a permit and prove $250,000 of liability insurance, in case their animals escape and hurt somebody.

Missouri is one of only nine states where you can own a tiger without a permit.

Tammy Hickman volunteers at animal sanctuary. "A lot of people think they would make a great pet, you know, and they don't because there's so much money and so much energy that goes into these big animals, you can't just take it into the vet." said Hickman.

Dale Tolintino and his volunteers say if the new bill passes they will still be able to keep the animal sanctuary open.

They say they have plenty of land, insurance and dedication to the animals.

Reported by: Tom Maclean
Posted by: Jessica Holley

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More Support for Wild Tigers in Captive Trade Bans

PTI
25 August 2009 13:3 hrs IST
Trade in tiger parts; CITES asks China to submit report
Archana Jyoti, Staff Writer

New Delhi, Aug 25 (PTI)
 India's efforts to save tigers has received a major boost with a global forum asking tiger-farming states like China to submit a report by October on steps taken to restrict trade in big cat parts.

This is for the first time that the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat in Geneva has issued such a notification calling on relevant parties to report within a timeframe on steps taken by them to stop trade in tiger parts.

"It is a major development.The ruling undoubtedly puts a serious question mark on the fate of at least 5000 tigers currently in Chinese breeding farms as it has to now specify the steps taken to restrict farming in order to sustain tiger population in the wild. Other countries like Vietnam which are engaged in tiger farming will also have to report," sources said.

http://www.ptinews.com/news/246867_Trade-in-tiger-parts--CITES-asks-China-to-submit-report


The Hindu
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2009
New Delhi to urge Beijing to rethink lifting of ban on trade in tiger parts 
Ananth Krishnan 

Much of poaching in India is driven by demand from China 
Use of tiger bone common in prescriptions of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Conservationists call for closing down of tiger farms in China

BEIJING: India will on Wednesday call on China to increase its efforts to clamp down on trade in tiger parts even as Beijing mulls lifting a trade ban, a move conservationists say will deal a fatal blow to India's wild tigers.

In recent months, there has been increasing speculation among conservationists in China that the government will lift a ban on the internal trade in tiger body parts. Much of the poaching in India is driven by demand from China, which has the world's biggest market for tiger parts. In China, the use of tiger bone is common in the prescriptions of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the popularity of which has soared in recent years with increasing healthcare costs.

Surge in tiger deaths 

There has been a surge in tiger deaths in India in 2009, with at least 68 killings, according to reports. India has only around 1,300 wild tigers. There are few wild tigers left in China. While the Chinese government imposed a ban on trade in tiger parts in 1993, it also simultaneously sanctioned the setting up of controversial tiger farms from where parts from the animals are harvested. 

There are around 4,000 captive tigers in such farms. Conservationists have called for closing down these farms as, they say, it encourages the consumer demand for tiger products. India will join those voices on Wednesday, when Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) Jairam Ramesh meets Zhou Shengxian, China's Minister for Environment Protection. 

Mr. Ramesh told The Hindu that India would ask China to phase out these farms and strengthen enforcement.

"It is an important issue which has to be raised, as it is a problem of both demand and supply," Mr. Ramesh said. "A lot of the parts are smuggled through Nepal and Myanmar, but most of the demand comes from China. We are going to ask the Chinese to co-operate with us and also strengthen enforcement."

Cross-border trafficking 

He would ask China to "provide full co-operation to India through liaising with Nepal for controlling cross-border trafficking," and to send a clearer message to consumers.

Chinese conservationists say the trade in tiger parts has generally been on the decline since the government imposed a ban in 1993, but caution there is a real possibility of a lifting of the ban. The consequences of legalising trade, conservationists say, will be catastrophic for India's tigers.

"The Chinese government thinks the farms are not that big of a negative for conservation," Xu Hongfa, China co-ordinator of Traffic, a wildlife trade monitoring network, told The Hindu. "The question of tiger farms is a great debate right now in China and it is a difficult problem to solve. We worry that if China reopens trade, it will increase consumer demand which will be difficult to control."

China, like India, is a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which has called for an end to the breeding of tigers for their parts. On Tuesday, the CITES issued a first of its kind notification asking countries like China that have set up tiger farms to report on steps they had taken to clamp down on trade.

"The CITES has sent out a message that tigers should not be bred for their parts," said Samir Sinha of WWF-India. "By legalising even a small part of the market, China will create additional demand that does not exist today. And the logistics of keeping this market clean are impossible. We are very, very concerned that if such a ban is lifted, it will be the last nail in the coffin for wild tigers."

http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/26/stories/2009082661331200.htm

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India Wants China to Phase Out Tiger Farms to Save Wild Tigers

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KH27Df02.html


India on a tiger hunt in China
By Neeta Lal 

NEW DELHI - Indian Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh - the new United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's first minister to visit China - is on a four-day trip to Beijing this week for bilateral talks on an array of ecological issues. 

Apart from seeking increased bilateral cooperation on climate change, the issue that has dominated the minister's unfolding agenda is a vital conservation problem that has bothered India for years - China-led tiger poaching in India. 

The poaching - directly linked to international trade through Nepal and Myanmar into China - has over the years led to an alarming plummet in the population of the Royal Bengal tiger, India's national animal. 

Officially, domestic trade in tiger and leopard parts is illegal in China. But black-market businesses abound to cater to China's ever-growing demand for tiger parts to use in libido-enhancing and aphrodisiacal drugs. This demand fuels the smuggling of expensive tiger parts - skin, claws, teeth, penises and whiskers - out of India via neighboring countries and into China. 

China also maintains scores of controversial tiger farms that are used to harvest the big cats' body parts. Experts estimate that some 4,000 cats are bred on these farms for use in traditional Chinese medicine in the wake of China's spiraling healthcare costs. 

Ramesh has made a special request to China for an "active liaison" with Nepal to control tiger trafficking along the Indian border. He has also pushed for a phasing-out of tiger farms and the destruction of stockpiles of tiger parts. In recent months, there has been increasing speculation that China may lift its ban on trade in tiger parts imposed in 1993. This move, experts believe, could prove devastating for tiger conservation efforts in India. 

"We need to intensify efforts with the Chinese so that international tiger trade networks are smashed," Ramesh, 55, told the Hindustan Times. "Poaching in India is directly linked to international trade into China." 

The minister asked China to "assure increased enforcement to curb the tiger/leopard skin and bone trade considering it is the Year of the Tiger in 2010". He has also sought an assurance from his Chinese counterpart - Minister for Environment Protection Zhou Shengxian - that China will sensitize its consumers to the problem and discourage trade in tiger parts. 

In the past, India has expressed uneasiness about China's appetite for tiger parts smuggled out of India. Still, tiger poaching continues to thrive along the Indo-Chinese border, with the Chinese authorities allegedly turning a blind eye to the problem. Tiger poaching and the smuggling of tiger skins is now the second-most common crime along the Indo-China border after the illicit trade of narcotics. 

This flourishing commerce is having a catastrophic effect on India's endangered national animal. According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), only about 1,300 tigers remain in the wild in India, down from about 15,000 two decades ago. Other Asian countries have tiger populations, but the count is negligible when compared to India. 

The Indian government's attempt to create 37 tiger reserves - spread across 19 states - has failed to provide a safe haven from poaching. The WPSI estimates that India has lost 66 tigers in 2009, with as many 23 shot by poachers. 

Conservation of India's remaining tigers is a top priority for the UPA government. With the urging of conservationists and activists, the government has doubled the budgetary allocation for Project Tiger - India's flagship tiger conservation program launched in 1973 under the aegis of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. 

When Ramesh took charge of the Environment Ministry a few months ago, he took steps to strengthen legislation to deter poaching and other illegal activities in forest reserves. He also created the National Green Tribunal, a court that will hear all cases relating to the environment and forests. Ramesh has claimed he intends to bolster the Wildlife Protection Act and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau as well. 

In a bid to augment the country's tiger population, state governments are adopting measures to aid breeding. This year, at the Sariska Tiger Reserve, three tigers - a male and two females - were relocated from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to breed. 

According to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, "India's growth is increasingly taking place at the cost of its environment." The premier's warning comes in the wake of the just-released State of the Environment Report which pointed out that at least 45% of India's land is environmentally "degraded". Air pollution is rising, the report claims, and India's flora and fauna are diminishing. 

Manmohan has emphasized that to contain further decline of India's natural resources, stringent regulation and incentives are required along with initiatives to establish a balance between growth and the environment. 

Ramesh has maintained that New Delhi considers Beijing an "important ally" in the battle against vital ecological issues. The minister's current visit to China reinforces India's desire to push the agenda forward. 

Neeta Lal is a widely published writer/commentator who contributes to many reputed national and international print and Internet publications

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

We must end tiger farming now!

According to the 2006 CITES CoP, the Chinese government reported that their tiger farms held 5,000 tigers, which were reproducing at a rate of 800 to 1,000 cubs per year.  That means that China may now have close to 9,000 tigers on farms.  We must end tiger farming now.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Killer Chimps

Clips of Scott Lope in Killer Chimps http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXXjn4BaYVM

 

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chinatown tiger remedies seized

Chinatown tiger remedies seized


Medicines made from endangered animals including leopards and tigers were seized when police swooped on a shop in Chinatown, central London.
The Metropolitan Police's wildlife crime unit raided the undisclosed shop on the day a legal loophole was closed.
Traders had previously been able to claim products came from countries with few wildlife crime laws - and it was hard to prove the goods' true origins.
But now medicines from rare species are illegal wherever they come from.

Police seized over 200 products during the raid on the shop on Tuesday.
Det Con David Flint said: "Most traditional Chinese medicines are not made from endangered species and can be sold legally.
"However, a small number of products do contain these ingredients, and it is these products that have an impact on wild populations."
He continued: "To meet this demand, poachers and traffickers will continue to profit from killing and supplying animals from other parts of the world, and the future of some of our most endangered species will be at risk."
20:08 GMT, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 21:08 UK

Source:  BBC News

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Speak up for Tony the Tiger

http://www.postsouth.com/homepage/x737379895/Truck-stop-gets-parish-permit-to-keep-tiger

Please contact the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries c/o Maria Davidson at 2000 Quail Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (225) 765-2800 and ask that they NOT issue a permit to the Truck Stop and that they send Tony the tiger to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL. Stay up to date on this at FreeTony.com

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Truck stop gets parish permit to keep tiger

Truck stop gets parish permit to keep tiger


TIGER PIC
By CRYSTAL CORKERN
OBLIVIOUS TO DEBATE...Tony, the Bengal tiger who is a roadside attraction at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, takes a nap as the debate about his future draws national and international attention on a petition website. The Iberville Parish Council will hold a public hearing on the tiger issue at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Courthouse.Chief Administrative Edward A. "Lucky" Songy Jr., who handled the permitting process, said the U. S. Department of Agriculture issued Sandlin a license last month, but the truck stop owner still has to get a third permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.













Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin has cleared the second of three hurdles required for him to keep Tony the tiger as a roadside attraction, Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. announced Monday.

The parish government issued Sandlin a permit to keep the tiger.

"He met all the obligations the parish had for him," Ourso said.

Chief Administrative Edward A. "Lucky" Songy Jr., who handled the permitting process, said the U. S. Department of Agriculture issued Sandlin a license last month, but the truck stop owner still has to get a third permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries."If Wildlife and Fisheries says no, the tiger has to go," Songy said. "If they say yes, he stays."

Wildlife and Fisheries set off a battle over the tiger in December when it denied Sandlin a permit because of a parish ordinance against keeping wild, exotic or vicious animals and reptiles.

Sandlin went to court and won a temporary restraining order o stop the state agency from requiring him to move the tiger to an approved facility, but the case drew interest from animal rights activists who campaigned to have the tiger sent to a wildlife refuge in Florida or Tennessee. Tony drew statewide, national and even international attention.

The Iberville Parish Council voted in February to make an exception for Tony in the parish law, but Ourso vetoed the action and insisted on standards to assure the health and welfare of the tiger, and the protection of the public.

In March, the Parish Council passed an ordinance setting out the standards. It has taken until this month for Sandlin to meet all the requirements.

One sticking point was adequate insurance on the tiger in case of his escape, the parish president said. He said Sandlin's policy had covered the animal only on the truck stop premises.

Sandlin has kept tigers at the truck stop for some years, and has never had an escape.

Ourso said the owner has an escape plan in place, and all his employees have been trained in the use of weapons to deal with the tiger if necessary. The escape plan has been sent to the Office of Emergency Preparedness and local law enforcement agencies, he said.

Iberville Animal Control is conducting a weekly inspection at the truck stop to assure the tiger is well cared for, the parish president said.

The ordinance setting out the parish requirements for the truck stop tiger also says Tony will be the last cat allowed there.

You can comment here: 

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Fercos Brothers Zuzana Kukol REXANO

July 29, 2009 Las Vegas, NV:  A  white tiger that is used in a Las Vegas magic show performed a surprise disappearing act - when it escaped from its cage and went on the prowl.  Terrified residents in the northwest of the city spotted the big cat wandering the streets on Thursday evening.  Police and the Animal Rescue Service were alerted and the tiger was cornered in a family's back garden.  Police Lt. Les Lane said the cat belonged to Fercos Brothers magic act.  

Zuzana Kukol, the owner of the REXANO website that attempts to discredit those who oppose the use of big cats in circus acts, claimed to be training tigers for the 6th generation Fercos Brothers circus act in an online post to a snake owners blog.  The Fercos Brothers operate out of Pahrump, NV and FL at 6155 S.W. 123rd Av Miami, FL 33183.  http://www.911animalabuse.com/00abusers/zuzanakukol.htm

Fercos Brothers Circus has applied to the USFWS repeatedly in an attempt to move tigers in and out of the U.S.  Big Cat Rescue always responds with letters to the USFWS explaining that circus acts do noting to protect tigers in the wild and allowing such movement is only a detriment to both the captive tigers and those in the wild. Check CatLaws.com to send a letter of your own.  http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=13810331&type=CU

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tiger and Bobcat Comments due by 9/11/09

To: USFWS Re: CoP15 FWS-R9-IA-2009-N0103; 96300-1671-0000 FY09 R4 

Thank you for considering measures to help protect the tiger and other exotic cats.  I am writing specifically about tigers and bobcats, but the perils they face include all species of exotic cats.  In the case of the tiger, there are U.S. facilities that openly market lion meat in restaurants such as Spotos in Dunedin, FL, Czimer's in Chicago, IL and on the Internet at 1/800-Steaks.com.  No one can discern between lion meat (legal) and tiger meat (illegal)

Tigers:  There are less than 3,500 tigers left in the wild and we are losing one tiger per day to poaching.  The demand for tiger parts has continued to rise as developing nations have become more affluent.  China is the largest consumer of illegal tiger parts with the U.S. running a close second.  The private possession of live tigers in China and the U.S. have provided a legal cover for an illegal trade.  Until such practices are banned there will be no way to effectively protect the tiger in the wild.  Demand for tiger parts will always place a higher value on authentic, wild caught tigers.  Killing a tiger in the wild is much cheaper than raising a tiger to a size necessary to fill demand when it costs $7,500 a year to feed and care for a captive tiger who will not reach full size for 4-5 years. 

These must be done to save the tiger: 

1.  Ban the private possession of tigers.

2.  Repeal the exemption for "generic" tigers from the Captive Bred Wildlife permit requirement and require that all tigers be registered in a publicly accessible database, accounted for during their life and upon death, microchipped, and kept from breeding outside of AZA sanctioned Species Survival Plans.

3.   Demand that all who parties who possess more than 8 tigers at any one facility provide a written plan for how they will immediately stop breeding and begin scaling back on their numbers of tigers held by placing them in legitimate sanctuaries that are open to public scrutiny.

Keeping tigers captive is clearly a violation of the intent 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 alone would prohibit all captive collections of endangered species, such as tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs and most other exotic cats.   

Harming, harassing and killing are also prohibited by law.  When cubs are ripped from their mothers to be used as photo props, that is a violation.  When adults are killed to make room for new babies for display, that too is a clear violation.  When big cats are hoarded into tiny, filthy cages and given only putrid food, inadequate amounts of food and algae covered water to drink that too is a violation of the Endangered Species Act. 

Even at the height of prosperity in this country there was never enough funding to properly regulate the trade in exotic cats.  In this economic downturn there will be even less oversight of an industry that should not exist.  Captivity by its very nature is inherently cruel to wild animals who were designed to roam over many miles.  There are only a handful of offenders who breed exotic cats for their own profit and pleasure.  More than 75% of the public polled said they would support bans on ALL exotic animals in private possession.  Of the estimated 5,000+ tigers in the U.S. only 256 are in the AZA sanctioned Tiger Species Survival Plan.  The rest should be sterilized and phased out over time as they die of old age. 

Bobcats:  Due to the Russian demand for bobcat fur, their pelts now draw some of the highest prices among trapped furs, commanding as much as $550 for a single hide. As the price has gone up, the number of bobcat skins exported by the U.S. has nearly tripled in five years, to 49,700 in 2006.  Some trappers are capturing bobcats in states with quotas and bringing them to Wyoming, which has no limits, said Scott Adell, a Wyoming Game and Fish Department investigator.  No one really knows how many bobcats live within their state boundaries and scientists have found that births are dropping rather dramatically.  As a rehabber we are seeing case after case of bobcats who are suffering from the effects of a poisoned environment, such as mercury in their food sources.  Bobcats live in areas where the endangered Canada Lynx is struggling against extinction and the same traps that are set for bobcats injure and kill their endangered cousins.  For these reasons as well as moral ones the bobcat should not be removed from Appendix II protection. 

Tigers and bobcats especially need your voice before September 11, 2009.

Please send a letter to both of these addresses:
Div of Management Authority, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Svc
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 212
Arlington, VA 22203
or via e-mail at: CoP15@fws.gov
or via fax at: 703-358-2298.

Div of Scientific Authority, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Svc
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 110
Arlington, VA 22203
or via e-mail at: scientificauthority@fws.gov
or via fax at: 703-358-2276.

For more details:  http://www.bigcatrescue.org/laws/2009/CITES.htm

For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org


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