Friday, March 15, 2013

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) Executive Director Interviewed on Pierce Morgan Live about Deadly Lion Attack in California

Patty Finch, the Executive Director of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), joined Piers Morgan Live on March 7th to discuss the recent death of a 24-year old intern at Project Survival's Cat Haven in California by a lion. Ms. Finch was brought on the show to discuss her work with GFAS, which has established clear, specific standards for the humane care of various species in captive facilities and for sanctuary governance and operational issues.

"It's just a very tragic situation all around. But the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries has specific standards and there is redundancy built into the safety protocols, and also in -- for instance, Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, an intern would never be allowed to be servicing the cage of a big cat. It's simply not allowed. There's only four senior staff that can do that with the cat locked out."

"The laws protect the public but not the workers, not the interns, not the volunteers. And that's why we think our standards are so important. Some sanctuaries don't even realize or whatever the facility is called, don't even realize when they're taking chances with these cats. They don't realize the power. They don't realize that even if you have reared one of these since it was a baby, something can trigger them and probably will trigger them. It might be the musk in the perfume that you have on. It might be a car backfiring. Anything can set them off. They're wired to be set off" 

-Patty Finch, Executive Director of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Read the full transcript of the show - click Ctl + f  (find) and type in 'Federation' to go directly to Ms. Finch's segment

The GFAS mission is to promote excellence in sanctuary management and in humane care of animals through international accreditation, collaboration, mentoring, and greater recognition and resources for sanctuaries, while seeking to eliminate the causes of displaced animals.

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