Big Cat Crisis Symposium a huge success!

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Big Cat Crisis Symposium – Hosted by The Wildcat Sanctuary

Did you know thousands of tigers, lions and other wild cats are kept as pets or used for profit across the United States? Many are mistreated and neglected. The few lucky ones find permanent sanctuary to live out their lives. But what happens to the others? This is the big cat crisis we face today.

Join us for this one day seminar, with captivating experts from across the country, to learn what you can do to make a difference. This seminar is designed to familiarize those who are new to these issues with basic information and tips on how you can help. You’ll be surprised at the simple things you can do. 

UPDATE – THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPEAKERS FOR A FASCINATING DAY OF EDUCATION TO A PACKED ROOM OF ANIMAL LOVERS AND RESCUERS!  SO MANY LEFT WANTING TO KNOW MORE AND DO MORE!! WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY FOR ANIMALS, THOSE WHO LOVE THEM AND WANT A BETTER WORLD FOR THEM.

 

Program Speakers and Topics (Times are approximate)

Tammy Thies, Founder and Executive Director of The Wildcat Sanctuary, Minnesota
9-10 AM

Tammy Thies, DirectorA Sanctuary for Big Cats: Hear from Minnesota’s only accredited sanctuary and the progress being made to end the big cat crisis. Learn about the current state of big cats in Minnesota and what laws are currently in place. Experience what it’s really like to rescue a wild cat, see how they live at the Sanctuary, and listen to their life stories.

 

 

Carson Barylak, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Campaigns Officer
10-11 AM

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Supporting Legislation and Sanctuaries: What drives the rescue work that IFAW is famous for?  Hear how this international organization supports not only legislative efforts to end the captive wildlife crisis, but also helps sanctuaries  build capacity to help more animals through grants, workshops, the Wildlife Rescue Network alert system, and facilitating on-the-ground rescues.

 

William Nimmo, Founder of Tigers in America
11 AM – 12 PM

Bill-Max-1ACaptive Tigers in America: Do you have any idea how many tigers are in cages here in the United States? Bill Nimmo does! He’s a wealth of information about how many there are, where they live, and why they need our help. Tigers in America was formed to help reputable sanctuaries rescue those in need. Hear the success stories of all the tigers they’ve saved so far, and what they’re doing to save even more in the future.

 

 12- 1 LUNCH

 

Julie Hanan, Animal Advocate
1-2 PM

Julie head shotThe Power of One: Each of us can make a difference in the lives of animals in so many everyday ways. Learn the easy ways to become the most effective animal advocate you can be. Hear stories of what other individuals have been inspired to do – and the amazing impact they’ve made.

 

 

Carney Anne Nasser, Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Legislative Affairs
2-3 PM

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Big Cats are Not Props: Petting, bottle feeding or getting your photograph taken with a cub can seem harmless, but is it really? Learn what happens to cubs once they are too big to use for public contact and find out why and how existing laws designed to protect tigers are actually enabling their exploitation.  What is the current legal landscape for the protection of captive big cats in the U.S.?  What legal and regulatory changes must be made to better ensure their protection?

 

Tim Harrison, Outreach for Animals and star of The Elephant in the Living Room
3-4 PM

TimThe Good, the Bad and the Animals in Limbo: We all remember where we were the day tragedy struck Zanesville, Ohio. Sadly, dozens of innocent exotic animals were on the loose and eventually shot by authorities. Tim Harrison was there and will share his firsthand experience. As a former police officer, paramedic, firefighter, first responder, and wildlife expert, his stories will astound you. What has happened in Ohio since that fateful day? He’ll talk about how good laws can go bad, when not executed properly, and the lessons we can all learn from what’s happening in Ohio today.

 

 

You can download the Big Cat Crisis Symposium here! Feel free to post and share.

 

The symposium is a privately sponsored educational/advocacy, peaceful event held in Minneapolis.  We reserve the right to refuse registration.

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