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The Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition
History of The Coalition
The Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition (CWAPC) officially launches on February 25, 2003. CWAPC is a and innovative consortium of zoo professionals, sanctuary operators, and animal protection groups turning the spotlight on the issue of keeping dangerous wild animals as pets.
In May 2002, twenty individuals were brought together by The Bosack and Kruger Foundation to address the issues surrounding the growing US trade in captive wildlife. In August 2002, these experienced and knowledgeable individuals and organizations agreed to work collaboratively as the Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition.
The purpose of the Coalition is to research and analyze the issues of supply and demand for captive wild animals and to develop, implement and coordinate multiple strategies to significantly reduce the trade, use and possession of captive wild animals as pets.
CWAPC warns that the practice of owning wild animals as pets is dangerous to people and cruel to animals.
CWAPC is in support of the Exotic Pets Bill just introduced in the 108th Congress by Senators Jim Jeffords (I-VT) and John Ensign (R-NV). If passed, this bill will ban the interstate commerce of lions, tigers, leopards, and cougars for the pet trade.
Who We Are
The Coalition is supported in part by a generous donation from the Bosack & Kruger Foundation, and is comprised of a diverse group of professionals from the following organizations:
Animal Protection Institute
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