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Access to Federal Funds for Zoos, Aquariums a Hallmark of New COVID Relief Legislation

Members of Congress express support for the zoos and aquariums  in their communities. Silver Spring, Maryland -   With 2021 on the horizon, members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are enduring significant economic losses because of pandemic-related closures and reductions in operating capacity. However, they continue to provide veterinary care, housing, and food for the animals in their care.  With Congress’s passage of legislation to address the... Read More
at Thursday, December 24, 2020

Association of Zoos and Aquariums ‘Disappointed’ USFWS Declines to Afford Endangered Species Protections to Monarch Butterflies

Silver Spring, Maryland (December 18, 2020) – Despite dramatic declines, particularly in the western monarch population, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced their long-awaited response to a 2014 petition to list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Specifically, the Service decided to list the butterfly as “warranted but precluded,” which means that although the monarch is deserving of the benefits that the ESA protection affords,... Read More
at Friday, December 18, 2020

Global Initiative Outlines a "One Health" Approach to Reforming Wildlife Trade Laws

HONG KONG 7 September 2020 - The Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime (EWC) today outlined an innovative “One Health” approach to reforming wildlife trade laws that the group said would help avoid future devastating wildlife-related pandemics. “No organisation on its own can address the multiple threats that could lead to the emergence of new wildlife-related diseases, or the spread of older diseases, with potential catastrophic consequences for economies, people and... Read More
at Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Testimony of Dan Ashe Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works on “Stopping the Spread: Examining the Increased Risk of Zoonotic Disease from Illegal Wildlife Trafficking.”

Testimony of DAN ASHE PRESIDENT & CEO ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS before the COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS U.S. SENATE on “Stopping the Spread: Examining the Increased Risk of Zoonotic Disease from Illegal Wildlife Trafficking.”  July 22, 2020 Watch the recorded Committee Hearing here: ... Read More
at Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Dan Ashe’s Statement on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

In framing their policy on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Interior Department has created what debaters and negotiators call a “strawman fallacy.” It made an argument that the MBTA’s strict liability was making criminals of farmers who tear down dilapidated barns, or homeowners who trimmed trees, or automobile drivers who accidentally hit birds. In fact, this argument is hollow. There is no evidence of such enforcement occurring, because it hasn’t. The history of... Read More
at Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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