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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 Today Show, and more with an excess of 1,000 media mentions. She supported the 2003 passage of the Captive Wild Animal Safety Act, the 2009 requirement that... 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 his animal protection and conservation career in Washington in 1991. In addition to directing the Born Free USA office, he serves on the Board of... 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 the expose of a dog dealer and the relocation of Ivan the gorilla from a department store to Zoo Atlanta. Wathne spearheaded successful efforts to ban... Read More →

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

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