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

Portland becomes first city in Maine to ban exotic animals; Greenville, NC takes up ban

The Portland City Council voted unanimously last Monday night to prohibit circuses and other traveling acts from exhibiting wild and exotic animals in Maine’s largest city, citing their “cruel” handling and training. City Councilor Brian Batson proposed the ban after a handful of animal rights activists protested the Kora Shrine Circus’ annual visit to Portland … Continue reading Portland becomes first city in Maine to ban exotic animals; Greenville, NC takes up ban

Lions found beaten and starving in a Russian hotel

According to the Daily Mail UK, two emaciated lions are fighting for their lives after being found weak and abandoned in a Russian hotel. The owner fled abroad to avoid police, apparently leaving the wild animals to die, according to reports. The starving big cats, wounded from beatings with a metal rod, were bought on … Continue reading Lions found beaten and starving in a Russian hotel

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 26 March 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, 26 March 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 26 March 2017

Lebanese NGO rescues maggot-infested Siberian tiger cubs destined for a zoo in war-torn Syria

The Agence France-Presse reported an animal rights group in Lebanon is caring for three dehydrated, maggot-infested Siberian tiger cubs that were rescued on their way to a zoo in neighboring war-ravaged Syria. Animals Lebanon said last Saturday that its members rescued the cubs after they had spent more than a week cooped up inside a … Continue reading Lebanese NGO rescues maggot-infested Siberian tiger cubs destined for a zoo in war-torn Syria

Media reports from Indonesia and South Africa depict the realities of public interactions with big cats

A tiger cub used as a photo prop at Jatim Park zoo in the city of Batu, East Java attacked a 4-year-old kindergartner just before a photo session, severely injuring her. The incident reportedly occurred last Tuesday afternoon. The victim, identified by her initials TAP, was on a school field trip at the popular East … Continue reading Media reports from Indonesia and South Africa depict the realities of public interactions with big cats

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 19 March 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, 19 March 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 19 March 2017

NGO exposing the wild animal trade in Lebanon

Last week The Observer/France 24 reported on the lucrative wild animal trade occurring in Lebanon: “Sales have skyrocketed in the last six months, but we don’t really know why,” Jason Mier, director of the NGO Animals Lebanon, told FRANCE 24. His group has been fighting animal trafficking for years. Lebanese Internet users pose with newly … Continue reading NGO exposing the wild animal trade in Lebanon

Wild Things ordered to end “swimming with tigers”

The United States Department of Agriculture ordered Dade City’s Wild Things to end its tiger cub swimming encounters and pay a $21,000 fine for exposing the animals to “rough or excessive public handling.” Located in Dade City, Florida, Wild Things swimming with tiger encounters broke the law by allowing the tigers to be harmed during … Continue reading Wild Things ordered to end “swimming with tigers”

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 29 January 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, 29 January 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 29 January 2017