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Sunday, July 29 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Fatal Attractions: Ending the Private Possession of Captive Wildlife

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From tiger cubs at shopping malls, to giant constrictor snakes peddled at flea markets, to backyard menageries harboring deadly predators in suburban neighborhoods, exotic animals can be found in every nook and cranny of the country. The private possession of dangerous wild animals has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., endangering communities, damaging ecosystems, and inflicting a great deal of suffering on captive wildlife.
Learn about the trade in exotic animals, laws and regulations, legislative efforts, the role of sanctuaries, coalition building, and how recent incidents have provided new opportunities to help lions, tigers, bears, primates, reptiles, and other wild species.

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Carole Baskin

CEO, Big Cat Rescue
Founder and CEO, Big Cat Rescue Carole Baskin is the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue and manages 107 volunteers and 9 staff. She’s garnered international attention to the plight of captive big cats on CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery, U.S. News & World Report, People Magazine, The... Read More →
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Adam Roberts

Executive Vice President, Born Free USA     Adam Roberts is the Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, based in Washington, DC, which was started in 2002 to bring the UK-based Born Free Foundation’s message of compassionate conservation to the American public. He began... Read More →

Lisa Wathne

Captive Wildlife Specialist, The Humane Society of the United Sates Wathne’s career began at a local animal shelter where she created and implemented the county’s first adoption program. She then worked on numerous campaigns at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, including... Read More →

Sunday July 29, 2012 10:15am - 11:30am EDT

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