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Posted: 24 February 2017. Updated: 11 October 2017

SAVES Act, HR2603

The misleadingly entitled “Saving America’s Endangered Species Act” (SAVES Act, HR2603) seeks to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for all species not native to the US. This would include elephants, tigers, lions, chimpanzees, parrots, macaws and other nonnative animals in captivity and, where introduced by humans, the wild. HR2603, which is making its way through the US house, contradicts widespread public opinion to protect threatened species and judicial precedent extending ESA protections to captive individuals (with exceptions).

In the US, please oppose HR2603.

Contact the US House Committee on Natural Resources »

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US reinstitutes horrid hunting practices

In 2016, ADI commented in support of proposed USFWS rulemaking to reign in Alaskan predator hunting practices, including trapping, aerial hunting, and the killing of hibernating bears and denning wolves. ADI underscored its opposition to hunting, trapping, baiting, snaring, or killing of any animal, noting the cruelty of such practices and the import of natural predator-prey relationships. Unfortunately, the US recently passed and signed into law a reversal of the new USFWS rule, and so these horrid hunting practices will begin again.

US contacts to oppose these practices.

USFWS – CoP17 proposals

In 2016, during and in preparation for CoP17, ADI urged the US to consider increased listing protections for lions, elephants, panthers; to address rampant ivory, rhino horn, and tiger and lion bone trade, as well as the particularly US contribution of trophy hunting upon wild populations. The evidence shows trophy hunting’s claimed benefits are inflated, bear little connection to actual conservation, and don’t come close to those derived through non-consumptive tourism, which provides local communities lasting economic benefit and incentivizes conservation.

Find ADI submissions to USFWS on these matters here.

Find out more about ADI conservation campaigns.

USFWS - approved import and sale of 18 wild African elephants to US zoos

USFWS failed 18 wild elephants by permitting their capture and import to US zoos, citing Swaziland’s threat to otherwise kill the elephants. ADI joined numerous scientists, conservationists, and welfare and policy experts against the unethical strong arm permit approvals and dubious claims of “overpopulation” threatening other species. No serious efforts were made to keep the elephants in Africa where they belong. They deserved better. In June 2017, a prominent US District Court, while approving USFWS discretion, which allowed yet another export and sale of endangered animals - this time retired laboratory chimps to zoos in the UK - despite widespread condemnation and offers of sanctuary, openly chastised the USFWS’ pay-to-play practices as contrary to the central tenants of the Endangered Species Act. Legislative action is required.

US contacts to oppose these practices.

USDA - Marine Mammal proposed rule making ignores current evidence

In 2016, despite mounting evidence, proposed USDA rulemaking for marine mammals provided no species prohibitions or increased space requirements (which haven’t changed since 1984). Citing industry “burden,” certain proposals lessen requirements and allow longer interactive (swim-with-dolphin) programs, despite their impact.

Read ADI’s comments here and our joint submission with Animal Welfare Institute and twelve other welfare organizations here.

USDA 
Petition to ban public contact with big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates.

In 2016, the 50th anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act, ADI submitted comments citing longstanding enforcement issues and supporting a petition to prohibit public contact with bears, nonhuman primates, and big cats. Wild animals are inherently unsuitable for public contact.

US contacts to urge an update to the 50-year-old Animal Welfare Act and a comprehensive assessment to address chronic enforcement issues.

Monkey controversy continues in Florida.

ADI’s investigation into monkey breeding and supply company, Biodia in Mauritius and Spain led a trail to Hendry County, Florida, where the notorious monkey supplier plans to send thousands of monkeys to a facility to supply the US primate laboratories. Other area monkey breeding farms face lawsuits challenging the expansion of monkey breeding there, and the process permitting such action. Hendry County is now an epicenter for US primate breeding, despite opposition. ADI has reached out to state and national legislators, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Hendry County Commissioners, the city of LaBelle, and stakeholders in opposition to this cruel industry.

Elsewhere in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is once again considering an eradication plan - despite prior failures of similar action - to ‘decrease the population’ of monkeys living in the wild there, since a tour boat operator first released six macaques decades ago.

See more on the investigation and the campaign to end monkey suffering

Read more about ADI’s investigation of the Mauritian primate trade & find out how you can take action

Oppose monkey breeding and wild monkey eradication plans in Florida

Tiger suffering in an aquarium in Houston, Texas

ADI is working with local campaigners to oppose the keeping of several white tigers in bare concrete cells at the Houston Aquarium. Unlike wild tigers whose home ranges approach 300 square miles, these tigers never go outside. White tigers are inbred and can suffer abnormal, debilitating, even lethal conditions.

Stand up for tigers in Texas:
Houston Aquarium: (713) 223-3474
 Email Landry’s Restaurants (which owns and operates the aquarium)
(800) 552-6379 or (713) 850-1010

The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act

ADI’s primary US campaign is to stop circus suffering, and TEAPSPA (HR1759) lies at the heart of that effort, as our bipartisan bill that seeks to ban the use of wild animals in circuses nationwide. For more on this campaign and how you can support TEAPSPA, see this link. To make change in your community, see this link.

US contacts to support the TEAPSPA (HR1759).

Big Cat Public Safety Act

ADI supports the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR1818), a bipartisan bill reintroduced again this year, to prohibit the private possession/breeding of lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, and their hybrids. In 20 years, there have reportedly been 22 human deaths, 144 cat deaths, 248 maulings, and 260 escapes related to these species. Captive breeding negatively impacts wild populations. ADI also submitted comments to the USDA, citing longstanding enforcement issues and supporting a similar petition to prohibit public contact with bears, nonhuman primates, and big cats.

US contacts to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR1818).

Humane Cosmetics Act

ADI supports the Humane Cosmetics Act (HR2790), a bipartisan bill to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics. ADI worked with the NAVS for decades on the successful EU cosmetics ban. HR2790 enjoys bipartisan support, with 107 cosponsors currently. Let’s bring the US in line with public opinion and 30 countries who’ve banned cruel and needless testing.

US contacts to support the Humane Cosmetics Act (HR2790).

Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act of 2017

ADI supports the ORCA Act (HR1584), which seeks to prohibit the taking, import, and export of orcas and orca products for public display, and to prohibit breeding for exhibition. Orcas swim >100 miles/day, easily diving >600feet – they belong in the wild, not a tiny tank. ADI applauds California passing Senator Bloom’s state version in 2016!

US contacts to support the ORCA Act.

WILD Act

ADI supports the WILD Act (S826), which seeks to support certain programs, funding, and prize competitions to aid in the prevention of wildlife poaching and trafficking, wildlife conservation, the management of invasive species, the protection of endangered species, and non-lethal management of human-wildlife conflicts. The WILD Act passed the Senate June 8, 2017, and now moves to the US House!

US contacts to support the WILD Act.

HRes244 urging Japan to end whaling

ADI supports the HRes 244, which urges Japan to end whaling in all forms, and seeks to strengthen measures to conserve whale populations.

US contacts to support HRes244.

HRes30 and HRes401 calling for an end to the dog and cat meat trade, condemning the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

ADI supports HRes30 and HRes401, which call for an end to the dog and cat meat trade, and condemn the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

US contacts to support HRes30 and HRes401.

Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act

ADI supports the Public Safety and Wildlife Act (HR1629) which seeks to restrict the use of steel-jaw leghold traps and Conibear traps on animals in the United States.

US contacts to support the Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act.

Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act

ADI supports the Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act (S503), which seeks to require the USDA to make publicly available certain regulatory records relating to the administration of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the use of an alternative depreciation system for taxpayers violating rules under the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, among other purposes. Early in 2017, the USDA scrubbed its website, removing records on animal exhibitors and violations that were previously publicly available, further sheltering violators and potential violators from oversight and accountability. These records are crucial to ADI’s work, and to all those who monitor and advocate against animal cruelty.

US contacts to support the Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act.

HR226 to permit certain trade of ivory and elephant trophies into the US

ADI strongly opposes the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act (HR226), which would permit certain ivory trade and the import of elephant sport hunted trophies in the US. Elephants are facing catastrophic threats - they need protection to survive potential extinction in our lifetimes.

US contacts to oppose HR226.

Find out more about ADI conservation campaigns.

HR224 to permit import of polar bear hunting trophies into the US

ADI strongly opposes the Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act (HR224), which would permit the import of polar bear sport hunted trophies into the US. Polar bears are facing increasing threats - they need protection to survive potential extinction in our lifetimes.

US contacts to oppose HR224.

Find out more about ADI conservation campaigns.

Bills threatening endangered species and wildlife protections

ADI opposes the various bills introduced to limit, end, or otherwise lessen the effectiveness and/or authority of the Endangered Species Act and/or the Environmental Protection Agency, including HR958, S376/HR1273, S935/HR2134, and HR861, among others. Species are facing increasing threats - we can’t turn away from necessary Endangered Species Act protections.

ADI strongly opposes US S.1863, misnamed the ‘Native Species Protection Act’; it removes Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for all species that don’t cross state lines, which is most of the species currently listed. Most Americans support ESA’s wildlife protections, which passed during the Nixon administration with overwhelming bipartisan support, declaring “that all Federal departments and agencies shall seek to conserve endangered species and threatened species and shall utilize their authorities in furtherance of the purposes of this Act."

US contacts to support Environmental Protection Agency and Endangered Species Act protections, and to oppose HR958, S376/ HR1273, S935/HR2134, and HR861.

Find out more about ADI conservation campaigns.

Sanctuary Regulatory Fairness Act

ADI supports the Sanctuary Regulatory Fairness Act, previously introduced to allow rescued primates to be imported to certified US sanctuaries. Currently, primates may be imported for science, education, or exhibition, but not to rehome in an appropriate sanctuary.

Unfortunately, this bill has not yet been reintroduced this Congress.

US contacts to support the reintroduction of the Sanctuary Regulatory Fairness Act.

Captive Primate Safety Act

ADI supports the Captive Primate Safety Act, previously introduced to prohibit the import, export, transport, sale, receipt, acquisition, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce of primates. Primates are intelligent, innately social and complex animals who suffer in captivity.

Unfortunately, this bill has not yet been reintroduced this Congress.

Find out more on ADI’s “My Mate’s a Primate Campaign”.

US contacts to support the reintroduction of the Captive Primate Safety Act.

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