Eyes on Washington week ending 01.05.18

USDA Seeks Public Input on Recognizing Third-Party Inspections and Certifications of Animal Welfare Act Facilities On December 19th the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the agency is seeking public input on whether they should recognize inspections (and similar reviews) by third-party programs when determining the frequency of federal inspections for facilities … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 01.05.18

Eyes on Washington week ending 10.27.17

UPDATE: USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced an extension of the comment period for potential updates to the Animal Welfare Act licensing requirements. The comment period will now be open until November 2, 2017. Each year, … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 10.27.17

A terrifying incident in 2011 caused one state to toughen restrictions

In the late afternoon of October 18, 2011, 62-year-old Terry Thompson opened the cage doors that held his private menagerie of lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other exotic animals on his farm in Zanesville, Ohio farm and set them free. He then turned a gun on himself. Reports of wild animals running loose quickly started … Continue reading A terrifying incident in 2011 caused one state to toughen restrictions

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 24 September 2017

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 24 September 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 24 September 2017

Eyes on Washington week ending 09.15.17

Shhhhh! Climate change may be related to historic 2017 hurricane season Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says it is insensitive to discuss climate change in the midst of deadly storms. Tomás Regalado, the Republican mayor of Miami whose citizens raced to evacuate before Hurricane Irma, says if not now, when? “This … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 09.15.17

Florida Zoo prepares for Hurricane Irma

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums represents more than 230 animal care facilities in the U.S. and abroad, requires all of its members to practice an annual disaster preparedness drill to keep their accreditation. And many facilities review or update their protocols every year, including Zoo Miami that buckled down for Hurricane Irma. The skeleton … Continue reading Florida Zoo prepares for Hurricane Irma

Eyes on Washington week ending 09.08.17

USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing Requirements In a press release issued on August 23rd, the USDA announced in conjunction with the 51st anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue asked for input from the public to help determine potential updates to … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 09.08.17

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 30 April 2017

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 30 April 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 30 April 2017

Eyes on Washington week ending 04.28.17

On April 25, 2017, Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 last Monday evening. “We are all stewards of the land owned or rented, and … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 04.28.17