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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

Rep Lieu Introduces Lead Ammunitions Ban to Curb Lead Poisoning on Federal Land

WASHINGTON -  Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) introduced a bill to prohibit the use of lead ammunitions on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands. The  Lead Endangers Animals Daily (LEAD) Act  would help prevent lead poisoning in animals who come into contact with ammunitions, which typically contain lead that can leach into water or poison wildlife that feed on carcasses containing lead bullets. Previously, the Obama Administration had ordered phasing... Read More
at Friday, July 10, 2020

AZA Statement on Reducing the Protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Silver Spring, MD - Just days ahead of World Oceans Day, President Donald Trump today signed a proclamation rolling back provisions that would allow commercial fishing in the Northeastern Atlantic Canyon and Seamounts National Marine Monument. Following the announcement, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), issued the following statement: “This Marine National Monument is part of our nation’s ocean heritage. It is part of the National... Read More
at Friday, June 5, 2020

Wildlife Experts Agree: Native Turtles in the U.S. Are Under Siege From Illegal Collection

Combined with other threats, the toll from poaching could wipe out populations of native turtles. Providence, Rhode Island – The United States has a wildlife trafficking crisis closer to home than most people realize: native turtles are disappearing from lands and waters and ending up in the hands of poachers across the country. For those who are witnessing this crisis first hand -- conservation professionals, biologists, and wildlife law enforcement officials -- there is a... Read More
at Thursday, May 21, 2020

AZA and AAZV Letter to USDA on Emergency “Cub Petting” Petition

Silver Spring, MD (May 7, 2020) – Given concern with the transmission of COVID-19 to big cats, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a petition last week with the United States Department of Agriculture seeking an emergency ban on the practice of “cub petting” at USDA-licensed facilities. In response to the petition filing, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Rob Hilsenroth, Executive Director of the American Association of... Read More
at Friday, May 8, 2020

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