Hey everyone sorry we are not able to put ALL the links to resources on our Youtube video if we did the video would be marked as spam and taken down. So here you can see all the resources Kati recommends you check out as well as a few more additional ones included from our interview as well as great resources I came across! Enjoy and remember if you have further questions feel free to comment below or email kati at firstname.lastname@example.org!
1. The “Cat People” podcast (https://www.google.com/…/cat-people-a-new-podcast-v7zU…/amp/) examines the strange relationships some Americans have with big cats and the legal loopholes that have made this country home to more captive tigers than there are left in the wild. The first episode details an incident in 2011 when a man in Zanesville, OH released forty some big cats and bears from his property and then shot himself. Great fun all around.
2. The Elephant in the Living Room (http://www.theelephantinthelivingroom.com/) is an excellent documentary that delves deep inside the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as common household pets.
3. The ever-amazing National Geographic Magazine did a feature article on the problem of captive tigers last year (https://www.google.com/…/tigers-in-the-united-states-outnum…)
4. Find out what zoos, aquariums, and sanctuaries in the world are accredited (AZA, GFAS, etc), meaning they are held to the highest standards of animal welfare, and support them. I’ve said in previous posts the vast majority of people who work in the zoo industry would be happy to see all of those animals in the wild, and people who work at sanctuaries are trying to educate the masses and get legislation passed that could quite literally put them out of a job. It’s important to know who you’re fighting for, and by supporting accredited facilities you are fighting for the health and well-being of wild animals. (https://www.aza.org/) (https://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/)
5. Big Cat Public Safety Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1380
6. What is a true Sanctuary https://www.turpentinecreek.org/sanctuary/
7. Wildlife Attorney Carney Anne Nasser https://anchor.fm/tigertalkpod
8. What are the differences between true zoos, sanctuaries, pseudo-sanctuaries, etc https://www.bpsanctuary.org/what-is-a-sanctuary
10. What is SSP (Species Survival Program) and how animals are chosen for the program https://www.aza.org/species-survival-plan-programs
11. Animal Welfare Act of 1966 https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/sa_awa
12. Contact Your Elected Official to encourage them to help support exotic captive animal policies that are based on sound scientific research and best practices https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials