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PAWS IS HOME TO
3 ASIAN AND 5 AFRICAN ELEPHANTS
Registration is now open!
PAWS 2018 International
Captive Wildlife Conference
Register now for PAWS' 2018 International Captive Wildlife Conference, Nov. 9-11, at the Pickwick Gardens Conference Center in Burbank, California, with the theme of "Confronting Captivity." This three-day conference will address the confinement and use of wild animals, and features outstanding speakers from the fields of scientific research, conservation, law, and animal protection, care and policy.
Individual, business and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available; please send inquiries to PAWS Director of Science, Research and Advocacy Catherine Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
PAWS' 2018 "Elephant Grape Stomp:
An Afternoon In TUSKany"*
The 12th annual "Elephant Grape Stomp: An Afternoon In TUSKany" will take place on April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m at ARK 2000 in San Andreas. Tickets for the Grape Stomp are $100 per person and include international vegan cuisine, wine tasting provided by more than a dozen of the California's award-winning wineries, a silent auction to benefit the elephants, and shuttle service around the ARK 2000 sanctuary - allowing you to visit the big cats, bears and of course, the elephants.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
*The elephants don't really stomp grapes! This is an adults-only event and a FUNdraiser benefitting the eight elephants living at PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary.
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New PAWS Program
Reaches Out to Academia
PAWS has launched an innovative new program for college-level professors and their students, to be conducted at the 2,300-acre ARK 2000 natural habitat sanctuary in California. As part of "Wild Animals in Captivity: Exploring the Interface Between Humans and Wildlife", students will learn about the captive wild animals we care for, and explore the empirical and ethical issues surrounding captive and wild animals, and how those issues resonate in the larger world today.
This single day program is designed for those interested in social justice, human-animal studies, animal welfare and behavior, conservation, and the contemporary interface of humans and nature. For more information, please contact PAWS Director of Science, Research and Advocacy Catherine Doyle at email@example.com.
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ARK 2000 May 12th Open House
Tickets Now On Sale
Tickets are now on sale for our upcoming ARK 2000 Open House to be held on Saturday, May 12th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, $35 for seniors (65 and over) and $35 for children age 12 and under. If you're planning to attend, we advise you to purchase your tickets early. No tickets will be sold at the gate on the day of the event and these events do sell out.
Visitors to ARK 2000 open houses will board shuttles to the bear, lion, tiger, leopard and elephant habitats. Once you exit the shuttle you will be walking on grass, dirt, gravel, and sometimes paved surfaces, so please wear comfortable shoes. PAWS management, keepers and volunteers will be on hand to tell you about the animals and answer questions. A gift shop will be available on the day of the event. We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.
Two ways to purchase your tickets: Click here to buy online and print your tickets at home; or call 209-745-2606, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST, to charge by phone. Visit our calendar of events page for more information. Ticket sales close on Thursday, March 8th, or earlier if this event sells out.
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How You Can Help PAWS Animals
PAWS provides lifetime care to the tigers, bears, elephants, and other animals that call our sanctuaries home. As animals age, their needs change and they may develop arthritis, kidney disease, and other conditions that are readily treatable with proper care. PAWS expert animal care and veterinary staff provide specialized nutritional and medical support, tailored to the individual needs of each animal. Your generous donations make this excellent care possible. Donate
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PAWS' co-founder, the late Pat Derby, and African elephant 71, walking through the hills at ARK 2000. Pat and Ed rescued 71 in 1986; she was PAWS' founding elephant. 71 died in 2008 - read about
Pat Derby: A Life Dedicated
to Protecting Captive Wildlife
Pat Derby, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, was a champion for captive wild and exotic animals, particularly those used in “entertainment.” Working side by side with her partner, current PAWS’ president and co-founder Ed Stewart, they set a new standard of care for captive wildlife, including establishing the first elephant sanctuary in the U.S. Sadly, Pat lost a long battle with cancer and passed away on February 15, 2013. But her spirit continues to live in PAWS’ rescue, sanctuary, and advocacy work.
Taking Action for Performing Wild Animals
In the 1960s and 70s, Pat was best known for her work as an animal trainer on Hollywood film and television productions, including “Gunsmoke”, “Lassie”, “Daktari”, and “Flipper.” She was the trainer for cougars Chauncey and Christopher, who graced the Lincoln Mercury “Sign of the Cat” ad campaign, and were the most recognized advertising symbols in the country at the time. Behind the scenes, Pat witnessed the pervasive neglect and abuse of performing wild animals and decided to take action. She wrote a tell-all book, The Lady and Her Tiger, exposing the inhumane treatment and calling for better standards of animal care and handling. The book went on to win an American Library Association Award and was a Book of the Month Club selection. With this bold action, Pat became the first to champion the cause of performing wild animals – and later campaigned for those in circuses and other “entertainment” – and inspired modern animal protection organizations to take up this important cause.
The Performing Animal Welfare Society is Born
Pat met Ed Stewart in 1976, and the two spent the next few years promoting The Lady & Her Tiger with television appearances on the “Today Show”, the “Tonight Show”, “The Merv Griffin Show” and other national media outlets. They also toured extensively, educating people about the serious welfare problems suffered by performing animals. In 1984 Pat and Ed established the Performing Animal Welfare Society to formalize their captive wildlife protection work. Their first effort was to create standards for the care of captive wildlife in California, which they achieved that same year with the enactment of Assembly Bill 1620. They also began investigating, protesting and exposing the abuse of wild animals in circuses. In 1986, Pat and Ed established their first sanctuary in Galt, California, to care for abused and abandoned captive wildlife. Today, under Ed’s leadership, PAWS operates three sanctuaries in California for captive wild and exotic animals, including the 2,300-acre ARK 2000 natural habitat refuge in San Andreas that is home to elephants, big cats and bears. It is the only accredited sanctuary in the country to house male elephants.
Leadership in Animal Care and Advocacy
Pat remained an outspoken advocate for captive wild animals until the end. As a recognized expert on the care of captive wildlife, she testified twice before Congress on efforts to end the use of elephants in traveling shows. She also served on several state committees to set standards for the care and handling of captive wildlife, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director’s Advisory Committee on the Humane Care and Treatment of Wild Animals, a position now filled by Ed.
Pat’s Legacy for the Animals
Pat’s bravery and vision for a better life for captive wildlife helped lay the groundwork for the profound changes we are seeing today, including the public’s increasing rejection of the use of wild animals in entertainment, whether elephants and tigers in circuses or orcas in marine parks, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to an end. Her battle against the use of cruel elephhant bullhooks has resulted in statewide bans in California and Rhode Island, with PAWS playing an integral role in their passage.
Pat remains an inspiration to everyone at PAWS and to the greater animal protection community. Her determination and fighting spirit continue to drive PAWS’ efforts to create a more just and humane world for captive wild animals, each and every day.
Through our public awareness campaigns, more and more actively concerned individuals are becoming aware of the problems inherent in the breeding of wildlife in captivity and the use of animals in entertainment. Learn More »
Bears In Captivity:
The Overlooked Animals
Sampson, a black bear, was once was displayed in a dilapidated drive-through roadside attraction that had been cited for numerous violations of animal welfare law.
Ben (pictured above) was confined at a roadside zoo in a barren 12x22 foot cage made of concrete and chain link. He was fed dry dog food that was dumped onto the same floor where he urinated and defecated.
Today, these bears are safe and cared for at PAWS’ ARK 2000 sanctuary, in natural enclosures filled with grass, bushes, trees and a pool. They can engage in activities that are meaningful to them: digging, exploring, creating nest areas to sleep in, and foraging for food, including acorns that fall from shady oak trees.
Roadside zoos and “bear pits”
Bear cub petting
The private ownership of bears is inhumane for the animals and unsafe for people. “Pet” bears are often confined in tiny backyard cages where they will spend their lives in misery, deprived of all that is natural to them. Even bears who were captive-born and bottle-raised remain wild and are capable of killing people and inflicting serious injuries.
What you can do
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Since PAWS' founding in 1984, our sanctuaries have been home to many former circus animals, like Asian bull elephant Nicholas (above) who was taught to ride a tricycle when he was only two years old. Today he lives in a large, natural habitat at ARK 2000.
34 Years of PAWS Advocacy
Since 1984, PAWS has been rescuing captive wild animals and providing lifelong sanctuary for them - giving animals in need a safe and more natural life far away from the miseries they once endured in roadside zoos, circuses, backyard menageries, and the exotic "pet" trade. From the start, we knew that we also had to change public perception about the use of wild animals in circuses and other "entertainment," or the suffering would never end.
PAWS was one of the first organizations to document and expose circus cruelty and advocate on behalf of wild animals subjected to unnatural lives defined by deprivation, cruel training, intensive confinement, and constant transport from city to city. In a 2011 article, "The Cruelest Show on Earth", Mother Jones named PAWS co-founder, the late Pat Derby, the circus' "no. 1 antagonist." All the while, PAWS has provided sanctuary for refugees from circuses, such as lioness Camba and elephants Nicholas, Prince and Gypsy who are currently in our care.
After years of hard work by PAWS and many other dedicated organizations and individuals, the tides are really turning! In September 2017, two more major cities banned the use of wild animals in circuses and traveling shows: A unanimous vote made Portland the first city in Maine to pass this legislation, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, prohibited the use of wild and exotic animal acts. Even more places are considering similar action, including Baltimore County and Montgomery County in Maryland.
Santa Fe and Portland follow in the steps of New York City's prohibition on wild animals in circuses earlier last year and a PAWS-led ban on wild animals in entertainment in Los Angeles for which the ordinance is being drafted. The state of Illinois made history by barring the use of elephants in traveling shows. More than 100 U.S. localities now regulate the use of captive wildlife.
Perhaps the most dramatic sign of change was the curtain coming down on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in May of 2017. PAWS is proud of its part in passing bans on cruel bullhooks in Los Angeles and Oakland, California - the first cities to enact bans where large circuses actually performed - that preceded Ringling's remarkable decision to abandon its trademark elephant acts in 2016 and then shut down altogether. In 2016 PAWS teamed up to ban bullhooks statewide in California and Rhode Island, ensuring elephants would never again be forced to perform or give rides under threat of this menacing weapon designed to control elephants through fear and pain.
PAWS has always recognized that the only way to end the suffering of captive wild animals is to address the root problem: their use as entertainment. This includes circuses, "pay to pet" operations that use and abuse big cats and bears, roadside zoos, county fairs and Renaissance faires, the exotic "pet" industry, film productions, or any other place that exploits captive wildlife.
Despite the many great advances for captive wild animals, this is not the time to sit back and relax. There is much more work to be done. All of us at PAWS look forward to tackling the many difficult and often heartbreaking issues together with you. Truly, it is your support and action that make great things happen for the animals!
Take action now!
Support the federal Big Cat Public Safety Act to end the suffering of big cats in cruel "pay-to-pet" operations. Introduced by Congressman Jeff Denham of California, this bill better protects the public and the animals, and it needs your support.
How you can help: Please call your U.S. Representative (click here to locate name and phone number). You don't have to be an expert on the issue. What is important is that your Representative knows a constituent supports the bill.
When you call: Tell the aide who answers the phone that you live in the Representative's district, and give your zip code. Then simply say you are calling to urge the Representative to cosponsor HR 1818, the Big Cat Public Safety Act. (Click here to see if your Representative has already cosponsored the bill.) Always be calm and polite. Because few people call their legislators your call will have much more impact than an email.
Does your favorite late night talk show host feature wild animals? This is not conservation or education! Use social media to comment on the show's Facebook page and Tweet your opposition. Send an email to the show.
Initiate a performing wild animal ban in your city.Contact PAWS Director of Science, Research and Advocacy Catherine Doyle for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you March Amazon
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