Sent to several New York City area newspapers
Though much has been said about the lion cub who was
brought to Noah's Lost Ark by a reporter, little has been said about the
real villains in this case: the breeder, Backyard Safari, who sold the
8-day-old lion cub to the first person who came along with the money, and
USDA which hands out licenses to breeders without asking important
The USDA has a terrible track record of neglect and crimes
of omission when it comes to the trade in wild animals. What is needed is a
nationwide crackdown of these lecherous breeders and new laws with real
teeth that are strictly enforced. This latest case underscores the need for
the laws to be written in such a way for the animals to be protected, and
not those who make money off their backs or who want to have the biggest
animal on the block.
When fools who think it is "cool" to keep wild animals in
urban settings act on their stupid ideas, the animals always suffer. The
breeders of these animals do not care about anything but the money, and the
USDA turns a blind eye to this terrible problem.
Joe Miele, Vice President
Wildlife Watch, Inc.
New Paltz, NY 12561