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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

AZA Teams Up With Kino Marquee to Offer Virtual Screenings of “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes”: Each ticket sold helps save animals from extinction.

Silver Spring, MD ( June 12, 2020) – In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees, and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with the mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to Africa to study giraffes in the wild. Now 86 and the subject of the documentary film, “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes,” the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From... Read More
at Friday, June 12, 2020

Statement on Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity

Statement of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Board of Directors On Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity Adopted June 2, 2020 The killing of George Floyd is shockingly and disturbingly evil. And Ahmaud Arbery. And Breonna Taylor.  And Eric Garner. And on and on. It is often said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. The evil behind these tragedies is grounded in privilege, and in prejudice and callous indifference... Read More
at Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Testimony of Dan Ashe Before the Virtual Democratic Roundtable on Wildlife Disease Prevention

Dan Ashe, President and CEO Association of Zoos and Aquariums Virtual Democratic Roundtable on Wildlife Disease Prevention May 19, 2020 Good afternoon Chairman Grijalva, and greetings from Reid Park Zoo and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, two exemplary AZA-accredited facilities, in Tucson, Arizona. Thank you for convening this roundtable and inviting me to participate. I’ll begin with the punch line: As a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director and career... Read More
at Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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