AZA News Releases

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Groups Challenge Seismic Oil and Gas Testing in the Gulf of Mexico

Powerful underwater blasts put iconic endangered whale at risk GREENBELT, MD (July 22, 2021) – NRDC and partner groups Healthy Gulf, Center for Biological Diversity, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Surfrider Foundation sued the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today over a Trump administration decision to allow extensive seismic airgun testing in the Gulf of Mexico, with minimal protections for marine animals. Most at risk is an endangered whale species... Read More
at Thursday, July 22, 2021

AZA Launches New Initiative Aimed at Zoonotic Disease Threats

The “Reduce the Risk” initiative links human and animal health as key to pandemic prevention. Silver Spring, Maryland (January 11, 2021) – Zoonotic diseases are a threat to human and animal health worldwide, as more than two-thirds of all emerging infectious diseases of humans are zoonotic. To address this crisis, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its members are launching a new initiative. “Reduce the Risk: A Crisis in Human and Animal Health”... Read More
at Monday, January 11, 2021

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Heralds U.S. House Passage of the ‘Big Cat Public Safety Act’

Silver Spring, Maryland  – While big cats continue to be exploited at substandard facilities, tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step to improve the welfare of these animals and protect the public. By a bipartisan vote of 272 to 114, 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 versions of... Read More
at Thursday, December 3, 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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