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The mission of the WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society is to protect and defend all native and non-native wildcats.
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LEGAL & LEGISLATIVE NOTES
Law Library of Congress, Report for Congress:
Regulations Concerning the Private Possession of Big Cats (An International Law Survey)
The report surveys the different legal approaches taken by twenty-one counties and the European Union in regulating the private possession of big cats. The individual country surveys describe the legal provisions regarding keeping big cats in captivity, the requirements for licenses, and permission for breeding. Some surveys include a discussion on the procedures for zoo accrediation, trade in wild animals and pentalties for violations.
November 18, 2013: The public comment period is now closed. The USDA/APHIS received over 15,000 comments! In August, the USDA/APHIS received a petition requesting amendments to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations and standards which, in part, would prohibit licensees from allowing individuals (with certain exceptions) to have direct or physical contact with big cats, bears, or nonhuman primates of any age; define the term sufficient distance; prohibit the public handling of young or immature big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates; and prohibit separation of such animals from their mothers before the species-typical age of weaning unless it is medically necessary.
Comments are available for review through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
Petition to Amend AWA ~ Prohibiting Public Contact with Big Cats ....
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Initiates Review of African Lion Under the Endangered Species Act!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has initiated a review of the African lion's status in order to determine whether the lion, Panthera leo leo, requires protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). USFWS is conducting this review after receiving a petition requesting ESA protection for the African lion. The Asiatic lion was listed as an endangered species in 1970, but the African lion is not currently protected under the ESA.
WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society supports this initiative to protect African lions under the ESA.
The public comment period closed on January 28, 2013. USFWS received over 3,200 comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov which are available for review.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Sixteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16), took place in March 2013. The next Conference of the Parties, CoP17, will take place in South Africa in 2016.
More on CoP16 . . .
Journal of the WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society
~The Practical & Legal Considerations for Use of Captive/ Farmed Wildlife~
Sum/Fall 2011 ~ Volume V
WildCat Advocate, our quarterly newsletter, features the latest news and events affecting wildcats from around the world! Back issues of WildCat Advocate will be posted soon!
WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society's president, Lisa Ann Tekancic, shares her thoughts on wildcat issues.
♦ March 2013 ~ Step Right Up!
♦ May 2013 ~ Big Cats & Public Safety Act
♦ July 2013 ~ Proposed Sale of Smithfield Foods
♦ October 2013 ~ Death Penalty Sought for Bird-Killing Cats!
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