API: Big Cats Seized from Dangerous "Conservation" Group Highlights Need for Federal Legislation

October 27th, 2007 6:09 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: API Newsletters – donotreply [at] apiforanimals.org
Date: Oct 26, 2007 9:48 PM
Subject: Big Cats Seized from Dangerous “Conservation” Group Highlights Need for Federal Legislation

Alerts at a Glance:

* Big Cats Seized from Dangerous “Conservation” Group Highlights Need for Federal Legislation
- Lions and tigers are relocated from Ohio “sanctuary.” Contact your federal legislators today to build support for H.R. 1947, Hayley’s Act — to improve the welfare of captive big cats in the U.S. and protect members of your community.

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Big Cats Seized from Dangerous “Conservation” Group Highlight Need for Federal Legislation

The Siberian Tiger Conservation Association has now gone out of business. This Ohio “sanctuary” was exposed in 2006 through investigations by the Animal Protection Institute (API) and ABC News 20/20. In 2006, API also filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) demanding immediate and aggressive enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act to protect the animals from the conditions documented at the facility, and the public from having direct contact with these big cats.

Situations such as this underscore the need in the U.S. for federal legislation to protect both the animals and the public. You can help by building support for H.R. 1947, entitled “Hayley’s Act”, which was introduced in Congress earlier this year.

This federal legislation promotes public safety and improves the welfare of captive big cats. If enacted, Haley’s Act will prohibit licensed exhibitors or dealers from allowing direct contact between members of the public and big cats such as lions and tigers. Haley’s Act will also provide for the denial or revocation of an exhibitor license, and will significantly increase penalties for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Please contact your U.S. Representatives today in support of H.R. 1947.

To find out more and take action on this alert, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1306&more=1

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Combined Federal Campaign

Are you, a family member, or a friend a federal employee? If so, you have an opportunity to allocate a payroll donation to API through the Combined Federal Campaign — which runs September 1 through December 15.

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To find out more about this and other workplace giving programs through which you can support API’s valuable work on behalf of animals, go to http://www.api4animals.org/donations/index.php?main_page=page&id=1

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Posted 10/26/07 – Okay to Forward/Crosspost

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