Who knew that America's heartland, including Wisconsin and other states in the midwest, was playing such a significant role in the global wildlife business? Wisconsin is one of the 5 states in the country that allows private ownership of exotic animals as pets, like tigers, lions, and more. Wildlife zoos have sprouted up, and exotic pet fairs are booming. Where do these animals all come from? And what happens when owners get bored or move. Global trafficking of wild animals is moving through our state, including body parts of rhinos from Africa, and live monkeys from Asia's jungles.
On August 11th, experts in wildlife trade, protection, and rescue care, who are from Wisconsin, will join a recently retired federal special agent to reveal more interesting facts about the "wild midwest", and discuss what local communities might want to consider for themselves and the animals. Please come join us for this fascinating panel conversation hosted at the Green Lake American Legion.
· Steven Galster, Founder of Freeland, a Green Lake, WI-based NGO that counters wildlife and human trafficking globally. https://stevenrgalster.com/
· Edward Newcomer, former US Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent, formerly based in LA, Africa and Asia. https://www.animallawconference.org/ed-newcomer/
· Amy Kerwin from Primates, Inc, which cares for abandoned primates in Wisconsin https://primatesinc.com/
· Jill Carnegie (VOTK Sanctuary), which rescues and cares for abandoned lions and other exotics, in Wisconsin https://votk.org/about-us/
* Carole Baskin, Founder of Big Cat Rescue, featured in the TV series, "Tiger King" (joining us virtually)
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at the legion at 5pm, we will offer free appetizers, cash bar, and then the informal, interactive discussion will start at 5:30pm, wrapping up by 6:30pm. This event will also be streamed on Freeland Facebook live. https://www.facebook.com/freelandglobal/