AZA News Releases

Category: Legislative

After Another Big Cat Seizure, AZA Calls on Congress to Act Now

It is time to pass H.R. 263 and S. 1210, the “Big Cat Public Safety Act.” Silver Spring, Maryland (May 21, 2021) – Following another high-profile seizure of nearly 70 tigers, lions, big cat hybrids, and a jaguar from a facility in Oklahoma providing documented sub-standard care, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is again calling on Congress to act now and pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: ... Read More
at Friday, May 21, 2021

Reps. Titus, Davis Introduce Bipartisan PREPARED Act to Protect Animals During Disasters

Washington, D.C – Today Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District joined with Rodney Davis of Illinois’ Thirteenth Congressional District to introduce the Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at Risk of Emerging Disasters (PREPARED) Act. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by over 115 Members of Congress. The bill would require entities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act – such as zoos, commercial animal dealers, and research... Read More
at Friday, February 26, 2021

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Urges NJ Gov. Christie’s Veto of “Nosey’s Law,” Continues Support of Original Bill

Update: Governor Christie did not sign "Nosey's Law," effectively ending the legislation for this term. SILVER SPRING, Md.   – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) strongly urges New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to veto an amended version of “Nosey’s Law” regulating the use of elephants in entertainment and education. The original version of “Nosey’s Law” (S. 2508), as first introduced in September 2017,... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, January 11, 2018

On World Rhino Day, AZA Applauds Passage of Important Wildlife Trafficking Legislation

Silver Spring, MD – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act,” clearing the legislation for President Barack Obama’s signature. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its members applaud the passage of this legislation that will help combat poaching and wildlife trafficking. “AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are working closely with government and international partners... Read More
at Thursday, September 22, 2016


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