Neglected exotic animals seized in New York, binge watch five-part video series

Twitter conversation at 2pm EDT @Action4IFAW; Tweet #IFAWQ to ask a question

Jun 24, 2014, 12:25 ET from International Fund for Animal Welfare

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ownership of exotic animals in the United States is a huge and looming issue. Join IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare on Tuesday, June 24 at 2PM EDT for a @Action4IFAW twitter Q&A session with IFAW Animal Rescue team member Kelly Donithan who led the seizure of 11 tigers, three lions, three bears and two wolves in New York State.

"If unregulated breeding and possession of wildlife continues, even more animals will be subjected to neglect and abuse," said Kelly Donithan, IFAW Wildlife Rescue Program Officer.

Binge watch the five episode "Seized" series here,

Reality check: did you know there are more tigers in captivity in the U.S. than there are living in the whole wild population? Sometimes, the places where some of these animals are kept can fall into disrepair, animals can suffer from neglect, and drastic actions involving law enforcement and trusted, caring partners are required.

In this instance, an animal facility with nearly twenty dangerous, wild animals failed to live up to the needs of their wards, requiring local law enforcement and an IFAW-led coalition to step in and seize the animals kept there.

The planning, preparation, and execution required to conduct a large and complicated exotic animal seizure is no easy feat…and as you'll see in the amazing video series, thanks to the collective passion and experience of the team, these animals now have a second chance at a better quality of life.

About IFAW
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SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare