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IFAW speaks out in favor of The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

Posted by SusanStokes on June 4, 2014

Here’s a story of what happens when a wildlife facility closes its doors. An event took place near Buffalo, New York, recently leaving 11 tigers, three lions, three black bears and two wolves in need of new homes. Luckily, this is when the International Fund for Animals (IFAW) stepped in.

IFAW worked with six qualified United States sanctuaries and local authorities to find new homes for the displaced animals.

Katie Moore, IFAW Animal Rescue Program Director, had this to say in IFAW’s recent press release:

"This is an unfortunate situation where about 20 animals are becoming displaced due to the facility closure. We did not hesitate to step in and find them lifetime care at qualified wildlife sanctuaries. Dangerous animals like these require specialized care, diets, and housing that the average pet owner simply cannot provide."

"The time has come for people to wake up when it comes to exotic animal ownership. We must enact laws that prevent the general public from acquiring, collecting and often getting in over their heads with dangerous wild animals. The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, a proposed ban on the private ownership and breeding of big cat species and hybrids, is an important step in preventing more animals from suffering in sub-standard conditions and easing the pressure on quality sanctuaries."

IFAW's wildlife rescue team works closely with bona fide facilities to collaborate on rescues, to ensure animal care standards and to promote sanctuary sustainability.

To date, IFAW reports being involved in the rescue and relocation of more than 150 big cats in captivity as well as many other wild animals including bears and wolves.

Read more about IFAW and the great work they do on their website.

Susan, Taurus and Gemini



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