Showing 1 - 10 of 166

NMFS Issues Permit to Brookfield Zoo to Import Bottlenose Dolphins

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced that it has issued a permit to the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois to import “up to” three bottlenose dolphins to be publicly displayed. The captive-born dolphins will be imported from Dolphin Quest Bermuda.

Congress Requires USDA to Restore Deleted Records and Maintain Records Going Forward

The House Amendment to the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, signed into law on December 20, requires that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture both restore all previously deleted records to its website and to make publicly available for the next three years unredacted versions of all Animal Welfare Act inspection reports, Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act enforcement records, all reports and documentation of non-compliances observed by Department officials, and final Animal Welfare Act research facility annual reports.

Big Cat Rescue Wins Control of Tiger King Property

A federal judge has ordered Joe Exotic to give up the property occupied by the roadside zoo featured in Tiger King and to hand it over to Big Cat Rescue. This results from a lawsuit in which Big Cat Rescue claimed that Joe Exotic fraudulently transferred assets in order to shield them from Big Cat Rescue’s claims.

Project Chimps Files Suit Against Former Caretakers

Sanctuary Project Chimps has filed suit against two former employees, alleging they have spread false information about the sanctuary, violated non-disclosure agreements, defamed the organization, and driven away potential donors. Project Chimps seeks statutory relief, injunctive relief, return of property, accounting of proceeds defendants have gained through the use of proprietary information, review of defendants’ electronic devices and accounts, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs. 

Virginia Outlaws Direct Contact with Dangerous Captive Animals

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law Senate Bill 1030, which will ban exhibits that allow direct contact between members of the public and dangerous captive animals (defined as any bear, cougar, jaguar, leopard, lion, nonhuman primate, tiger, or any hybrid of such animals). The law will take effect July 1, 2021.

SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo Seek ESA Permits to Import and Export Animals

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it is accepting comments on several applications for Endangered Species Act permits, including from SeaWorld San Diego to import one captive-bred Pacific Walrus from Japan and from the San Diego Zoo to export two babirusa to Germany. The agency is accepting comments on these applications until January 22, 2020.

FWS Considers Issuing ESA Export Permit to Zoo

The Fish & Wildlife Service is seeking comments on requested Endangered Species Act permits, including one request to export lemurs to a zoo in Bermuda for the “purpose of enhancing the propagation” of the species.

Study Finds Zoo Conservation Materials Have No Effect on Conservation Knowledge

A new study published in the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research has found that the conservation-aimed educational placards and other signposts that zoo exhibits may include increases the amount of time people stay at an exhibit, but do little or nothing to increase actual knowledge of conservation issues.

Federal Prosecutors Say ‘Tiger King’ Zoo Violates Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit against Jeffrey Lowe, Lauren Lowe, Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, LLC, and Tiger King, LLC for violating the Endangered Species Act by subjecting animals—including lion and tiger hybrids—to substandard care and treatment. The suit also alleges violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Hawaii Judge Says Aquarium Fishing Permits Need Review

A Hawaii judge has said that the state has to consider the environmental impacts of issuing commercial fishing licenses to the aquarium industry.