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Urgent! Get Rescued Binturong To Sanctuary

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  • P.J. McKosky
    Urgent Action Alert Help Get Rescued Binturong to Sanctuary On Saturday, April 21, a Southeast Asian tree-dwelling animal known as a Binturong was found
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      Urgent Action Alert

      Help Get Rescued Binturong to Sanctuary

      On Saturday, April 21, a Southeast Asian tree-dwelling animal known as a
      Binturong was found sleeping on the front porch of a home in Economy, PA. He
      had escaped from a cage where he was kept illegally by a Pennsylvania
      couple. The binturong, named "Binny," was originally purchased from Living
      Treasures Animal Park, a shabby and inadequate roadside zoo located in the
      Western part of the state. Living Treasures sold Binny without the proper
      authorization to unlicensed individuals. The Pennsylvania Game Commission
      has confiscated Binny and is temporarily holding him at a breeding facility
      while they decide on an option for permanent placement.

      Unfortunately, most of the current placement options are inadequate, as they
      would breed, exhibit, cage, or mistreat Binny for profit. As an exotic
      animal, Binny is likely to be subjected to abusive treatment by those who
      benefit from the trade of rare and exotic animals. Luckily for Binny, a
      humane option is available. The Austin Zoo, a reputable organization
      accredited by The Association of Sanctuaries (TAOS), provides a lifelong
      home for exotic animals without breeding, selling, or trading. The Austin
      Zoo is already home to one rescued Binturong, and money has already been
      raised for Binny's transport to Texas. Now its up to the PA Game Commission
      to accept the Zoo's offer and ensure a safe, permanent home for Binny.

      Please write a firm, but polite letter requesting that the Pennsylvania Game
      Commission accept the Austin Zoo's offer to provide a home to the Binturong.
      Explain that exotic animal breeders and dealers provide inappropriate homes
      for captive wildlife, and that they only perpetuate the problem of neglected
      and abused exotic animals. Also, ask that Living Treasures Animal Park be
      prosecuted to the fullest extent possible for their illegal exotic wildlife
      dealings.

      Address letters, faxes, and calls to:

      Gary Fujak, Wildlife Conservation Officer
      Pennsylvania Game Commission - Southwest Regional Office
      P.O. Box A, Ligionier, Pennsylvania 15658
      1 (888) 877-7137 (Phone)
      (724) 238-5127 (Fax)

      Please send any responses you get to: PMcKosky@...


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