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Why Animals Do The Thing

The Difference Between a Zoological Facility and a Sanctuary

Rachel Garner

Zoological facilities and sanctuaries in the United States tend appear to the general public to be fairly similar enterprises, separated in their minds mainly by semantics and the origin of the animals in their collections; in reality, they're very distinct business types that appear to be superficially similar.

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Legislation Breakdown: H.R.1818

“The Big Cat Public Safety Act”

Rachel Garner

A breakdown of the text and ramification of the bill H.R.1818. Known as "The Big Cat Public Safety Act", H.R.1818 is a proposed amendment to the Lacey Act that would implement a number of significant regulatory changes on both commercial and noncommercial big cat ownership and breeding in the United States. 

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What's in a Word? Why it's Time to Retire "Roadside Zoo"

Rachel Garner

The term "roadside zoo" has become over-used recently as a way to denote a "bad” zoological facility. Since there is no consensus among the groups that use the term regarding what it actually indicates about a facility, “roadside zoo” itself has by now lost any pre-existing operant definition and its continued use serves mainly to provoke an emotional reaction.

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"Menagerie": A Proposal for Replacing the Term "Roadside Zoo"

Rachel Garner

Having widely understood, clearly defined terminology will lead to more successful advocacy efforts by opening discussions to the public and empowering them to make informed decisions about supporting zoological facilities. Embracing the term “menagerie” as a replacement to the vague and confusing "roadside zoo" is an elegant solution that will facilitate clear conversations about the crucial role modern zoological facilities play in our world.

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