AZA News Releases

Category: Legislative

Following a Decade of Advocacy, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Heralds Congressional Approval of the ‘Big Cat Public Safety Act’

The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk for approval. Silver Spring, Maryland (December 7, 2022) – By a voice vote on Tuesday, December 6, the United States Senate sent the “Big Cat Public Safety Act” to President Joe Biden for his approval. The legislation will limit who can possess lions, tigers, and other big cats in the United States. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its allied groups have worked on versions of the “Big Cat Public Safety ... Read More
at Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Following U.S. House Passage of the ‘Big Cat Public Safety Act,’ Association of Zoos and Aquariums Urges Swift U.S. Senate Action

Silver Spring, Maryland (July 30, 2022) – For the second time in two years, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken action to safeguard the welfare of big cats currently housed at substandard facilities and protect the public. By a bipartisan vote of 278 to 134, the House passed the “Big Cat Public Safety Act,” which seeks to limit who can possess lions, tigers, and other big cats in the United States. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has worked on versio... Read More
at Saturday, July 30, 2022

U.S. Representative Andrew Garbarino Becomes New Co-Chair of the Congressional Zoo & Aquarium Caucus

Silver Spring, Maryland (July 6, 2022) – U.S. Representative Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-02) is now serving alongside U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) as a co-chair of the Congressional Zoo & Aquarium Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus is comprised of a bipartisan group of more than 70 Members of Congress who support facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). As co-chair of the Caucus, Representativ... Read More
at Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Senators Markey, Cornyn Introduce Legislation to Support Rescue and Recovery of Stranded Sea Turtles on World Sea Turtle Day

Washington (June 16, 2022) – Today, on World Sea Turtle Day, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the bipartisan Sea Turtle Rescue Assistance Act, legislation to create a new grant program at the Department of Commerce to fund the rescue and recovery of sea turtles in the United States. All known sea turtle species within U.S. waters are considered threatened or endangered, and the new legislation would provide much-needed financial support ... Read More
at Thursday, June 16, 2022

Portman, Carper, Katko, Costa Bicameral, Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Remaining Stamps to Promote Wildlife Conservation Are Sold Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC (May 16, 2022) – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tom Carper (D-DE), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Representatives John Katko (R-NY), Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Jim Costa (D-CA), Member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans & Wildlife, announced that their b... Read More
at Monday, May 16, 2022
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