Thailand’s exotic wildlife cafés

According to The Straits Times, Asia may have seen its share of pet cafes, but none quite with the menagerie offered in Thailand. Aided by relaxed laws and a thriving wildlife market, at least four exotic pet cafes have sprung up recently around the capital. Animal activists, however, fear this trend will feed demand for … Continue reading Thailand’s exotic wildlife cafés

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

LA to ban wild or exotic animals in shows

Los Angeles will no longer allow wild or exotic animals to be used for entertainment purposes—such as circuses, exotic animal shows, or similar venues. The city council unanimously approved a motion to draft the ban last Tuesday. The motion was introduced by council member David Ryu. “Wild and exotic animals have a long history of … Continue reading LA to ban wild or exotic animals in shows

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

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 ~ 12 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, 12 March 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 12 March 2017

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”

Indiana and South Carolina consider increasing restrictions on wild animals

Indiana Representative Eberhart introduced House Bill 1332 that will prohibit a person from possessing, selling, transferring, or breeding a dangerous wild animal, and prohibits a person who owns a dangerous wild animal from allowing a member of the public to come into direct contact with the animal. HB 1332 was referred to the house committee … Continue reading Indiana and South Carolina consider increasing restrictions on wild animals

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service removes AWA inspection reports from website

On February 3, 2017 the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provided the following statment regarding the removal of certain documents from the USDA/APHIS database accessible from the agency’s website: “APHIS, during the past year, has conducted a comprehensive review of the information it posts on its website for the general public to … Continue reading USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service removes AWA inspection reports from website

Fatal mauling at China’s Youngor Wildlife Park

A tiger killed a visitor to a wildlife park in eastern China last Sunday after the man apparently entered the tigers exhibit enclosure; the second such attack in just six months, media reports said. The incident occurred at the Youngor Wildlife Park in the city of Ningbo, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of Shanghai, … Continue reading Fatal mauling at China’s Youngor Wildlife Park