WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to ensuring a wild future for all wildcats.
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.
UPDATE: May 21,2015: USDA/APHIS has not taken any action regarding the petition requesting amendments to the Animal Welfare Act prohibiting direct or physical contact with big cats, bears and nonhuman primates. On March 31, 2015, several wildlife NGOs sent a letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Kevin Shea, APHIS Admininstrator, stating "The time for decisive agency action on this matter is long overdue." Petitioner's letter to USDA/APHIS
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 ...
UPDATE October 29, 2014:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposed rule and a 12-month finding on a petition to list the African Lion as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS found that listing the species as threatened is warranted.
For additional information see: Federal Register: Listing the African lion subspecies as threatened
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.
CITES 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee
Geneva (Switzerland) 7-11 July 2014 ~ Agenda SC65 Doc. 3 (Rev. 1)
Asian Big Cats:
Standing Committee Report on Asian Big Cats
Review of the Implementation of Resolution Conf. 12.5 (Rev. CoP16)
Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Nepal,
Pakistan, Thailand, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
Illegal Trade in Cheetahs:
Standing Committee Report on Illegal Trade in Cheetahs
UAE and Kuwait
Illegal Wildlife Trade:
Standing Committee Report on Illegal Wildlife Trade
For more information, visit CITES.
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, In conjunction with Project Redesign will take on a whole new look! Stay tuned!
WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society's CEO, Lisa Ann Salamat, shares her thoughts on wildcat issues.
♦ October 2013 ~ Death Penalty Sought for Bird-Killing Cats!
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