Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Washington Post Spot-lights Big Cat Rescue and Paul Miller

A Tip of the Santa Hat to the Givers of Gucci Gulch



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Angelina Jolie arrives for a news conference at the National Press Club in April, organized by Quinn Gillespie, calling for the United States to more than quadruple its foreign aid for orphans and early-childhood education. (By Susan Walsh -- Associated Press)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007; Page A23

When Global Action for Children, an advocacy organization for orphans and vulnerable children in developing nations, needed professional help to stage a Washington news conference this past April, it turned to Quinn Gillespie & Associates.

At the time, Global Action did not have enough staff to launch its new drive to increase U.S. funding for primary-school education in poor countries. So the lobbying and PR firm provided ample assistance free of charge.

Lobbyists don't get much respect from the public. But behind the scenes, lobbying and public relations firms such as Quinn Gillespie often do a lot of good deeds -- without pay -- to advance public and charitable interests.

In this holiday season, let's take note of a few of them.

Quinn Gillespie, for example, helped plan and manage the news conference, which featured actress Angelina Jolie, Global Action's honorary board chair; Kay Warren of California's Saddleback Church; and the group's executive director, Jennifer Delaney.

Quinn Gillespie staffers Rochelle Behrens, Catherine Goode, Virginia Hume, Sue Garman Kranias, Richard C. Powell Jr. and Ashley Prime drafted and sent out news releases, edited speeches, and managed the event's arrangements. Jack Quinn, an advisory board member, backed the effort.

"This was truly invaluable to GAC," Delaney said. "We could not have done it without them."

But Quinn Gillespie is not the only K Street Santa.

The McLean-based nonprofit Our Military Kids supports the children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and reserve troops. The law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld supports Our Military Kids. Akin Gump helped the charity lobby for federal funds from Congress.

Similarly, Collins & Company, an Arlington-based lobbying firm, has been providing pro bono consulting to the Yellow Ribbon Fund since the fund's inception in 2005. The fund offers assistance to injured soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

FD Dittus Communications helped Friends of New Orleans raise more than $60,000 through a series of events this year, including a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute in Colorado and a reception for New Orleans leaders at the home of political consultants James Ca rville and Mary Matalin.

Rodney Ferguson, managing partner in Washington for Lipman Hearne, a PR firm, also helped collect money for New Orleans, in his case for the Friends of the Times-Picayune. With the help of Ferguson and his staff, the relief fund raised more than $30,000 at a Washington fundraiser, which is a lot of money for a small charity.

Ogilvy Public Relations provided pro bono public relations counsel to the fourth annual Congressional Blues Festival. Festival proceeds benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation, which provides grants for basic needs such as health care and food to low-income musicians over the age of 55.

Fleishman-Hillard public relations staffers volunteered at Miriam's Kitchen, a food shelter in Foggy Bottom. They arrived at 6 a.m. to prepare and serve breakfast for more than 200 people. They also handled promotional efforts for Miriam's Kitchen's annual fundraising gala, 100 Bowls of Compassion.

Paul Miller of Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies helped Big Cat Rescue, a nonprofit group, press for legislation that would help end the trafficking in lions, tigers and other big cats as pets. Big Cat Rescue works to provide a permanent home for wild cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for their coats.

Gary Schleuger, president of Pioneer Government Affairs, helped arrange his fifth annual Boehner-Kennedy Dinner, which has raised more than $5 million over the years for the Center City Consortium to benefit the District's Roman Catholic elementary schools.

The Raben Group worked with the Navajo Nation's Washington office to organize and support a Uranium Roundtable -- convened by Reps. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) -- to consider the risks associated with future mining on the tribe's land. The lobby firm also plans, pro bono, to launch a national campaign to stop the proposed mining that, it says, threatens Navajo communities.

Patton Boggs's Washington office also worked pro bono for Native Americans, in its case the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, S.D. The firm obtained funds to help the teen center there, which has dealt with a spate of suicides.

Separately, Patton Boggs's Gordon Arbuckle, Betty Barton and Robert Kapla have been working with NatureServe, a nonprofit conservation organization, to build congressional support for a nationally consistent information network on the status of at-risk species and ecosystems. Patton Boggs helped NatureServe get in contact with lawmakers, which resulted in improved funding for the organization.

Members of DLA Piper's lobbying practice helped Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen, prepare for a congressional hearing. Arar was detained by U.S. officials in 2002 while changing planes in New York and was taken to Syria, where he was tortured and imprisoned for nearly a year.

When Arar was asked to testify about his experience, Joe Da vis and William Minor in DLA Piper's Washington office guided him through the process -- pro bono.

Public Strategies, the national communications firm, served as the free-of-charge adviser for the Campaign for Philanthropy, a program designed to boost charitable giving in central Texas. Just three months into the public effort, the campaign has assembled more than 100 volunteers, 12 corporate sponsors and major foundation support.

Happy holidays!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Escaped tiger kills visitor, mauls two others at SF Zoo

Escaped tiger kills visitor, mauls two others at SF Zoo

Article Launched: 12/25/2007 06:47:21 PM PST


A tiger escaped its cage, killed a visitor and mauled two others Tuesday evening at the San Francisco Zoo in a shocking Christmas Day attack about a year after another mauling.

Police shot and killed the tiger outside the zoo's Terrace Cafe shortly after the park closed to visitors at 5 p.m.

They encountered the tiger mauling a man who was covered in blood, said San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Steve Mannina. When officers tried to intervene, the tiger turned and headed toward them, prompting several officers to fire numerous shots at the tiger.

The dead tiger remained outside the cafe as darkness fell over the zoo. Two others mauled by the tiger were rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.
The zoo, festooned with holiday decorations was silent after the attacks, save for police helicopters and police officers sweeping the grounds for potential additional victims.

"We won't know until tomorrow whether this was negligence or intentional or how the tiger got out," Mannina said.

Some zoo employees in the gift shop locked themselves in as they had been instructed in case of emergency, but would not comment further.

According to the zoo's website, the zoo has two Siberian tigers, Tony and Tatiana, who live in an outdoor enclosure near the Lion House. It also has a female Sumatran tiger, Padang, at the west end of the Lion House. It was not immediately clear which tiger escaped.

The attack occurred about a year after a 350-pound Siberian tiger named Tatiana attacked and seriously injured keeper Lori Komejan during a regular afternoon feeding.

The California Division of Occupation Safety and Health later ruled the zoo was responsible for that incident because of poor training and how the cages were set up.

Contact Barbara Feder Ostrov at bfeder@mercurynews.com or (408) 920-5064.


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Tiger Escapes at San Francisco Zoo & Kills

Tiger Escapes Cage in San Francisco Zoo

Last Edited: Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007, 10:14 PM EST
Created: Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007, 9:42 PM EST


A tiger escaped its cage at the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring two others. 

The tiger was shot, San Francisco Fire Department spokesman Lt. 
Ken Smith said. 

Smith said there were 4 tigers in a caged area of the zoo and one got loose. The tiger made it to the Terrace Cafe, a restaurant in the zoo. It was there the tiger mauled one of the victims. Policed arrived and shot the tiger while it was mauling the victim. 

Two people were injured; one is in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. All 3 victims were visitors to the zoo - not employees.  It's still not clear how the two visitors suffered their injuries. 

The zoo, which had been scheduled to close at 5 p.m. PST, was evacuated.

Officials at first worried that four tigers had escaped, but only one escaped its pen, Smith said.

Police officers and firefighters are continuing their investigation. 

   

Last December, one of the zoo's tigers mauled a zookeeper during a regular public feeding. The 350-pound animal reached through the cage's iron bars and badly lacerated her arm. The zoo's Lion House was temporarily closed during an investigation. 


The attack happened in a cafe at the east end of the zoo shortly after the 5 p.m. closing time, the Chronicle reported. The tiger cages are near the center of the zoo.

The zoo was evacuated.

Police officers and firefighters are investigating. Police, fire and zoo officials could not immediately provide details on the attacks to The Associated Press.

Officials at first worried that four tigers had escaped, but only one got out of its pen, Smith said.

Last December, one of the zoo's tigers mauled a zookeeper during a regular public feeding. The 350-pound animal reached through the cage's iron bars and badly lacerated her arm. The zoo's Lion House was temporarily closed during an investigation.


SAN FRANCISCO -- One person was killed and two others critically injured Sunday night after a tiger broke loose from its cage and went on a rampage inside a cafe at the San Francisco Zoo.

Authorities said they got a 911 call at 5:17 p.m. reporting that at least one tiger had broken loose from its cage and was prowling the grounds. Heavily armed police officers confronted the tiger inside the Terrace Cafe, killing it as it attacked a man. Three other tigers were found on the grounds and returned to their cages.

San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Ken Smith said at least one man had been killed. A critically injured man who had been mauled in the face was treated by emergency workers inside the cafe. Another iman -- apparently the brother of the other injured man -- was also being treated at San Francisco General Hospital.

The zoo had been open until 5 p.m. for an event at the park's skating rink called the "Reindeer Romp."

Last December, one of the zoo's tigers mauled a zookeeper during a regular public feeding. The 350-pound animal reached through the cage's iron bars and badly lacerated her arm.


25 December 2007

One person was killed and two others injured when a tiger escaped from its cage at the San Francisco Zoo today, police said.
The animal got out just before zoo closing time at 5 p.m.
It fatally mauled a victim at a zoo cafe, police said.
It is not known how the tiger got loose and there were reports three other animals also got out.
All animals have been accounted for, according to Sgt. Neville Gittens.
The conditions of the other victims are unknown.
Fire, police and zoo officials are at the scene investigating.


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Monday, December 24, 2007

Chinese baby tigers found dead in refrigerator

Chinese baby tigers found dead in refrigerator

Chinese baby tigers found dead in refrigerator-BEIJING (Reuters) - Two Siberian baby tigers have been discovered dead in a refrigerator at a Chinese zoo, the second attack in less than a week on the endangered species in a country where tiger body parts are treasured as medicines.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Two Siberian baby tigers have been discovered dead in a refrigerator at a Chinese zoo, the second attack in less than a week on the endangered species in a country where tiger body parts are treasured as medicines.

State media reported on Monday that the baby tigers were found over the weekend in the freezer in the ticketing office of the Three Gorges Forest Wildlife Park in the southwestern province of Chongqing.

"They were born not long ago and are now dead," a park employee was quoted by the Beijing News as saying.

The discovery comes days after a Siberian tiger was found skinned and beheaded at a zoo in the same area.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the deaths, the newspaper said. Calls to Park officials and the local Forestry Bureau went unanswered.

China breeds Siberian tigers as a way to protect one of the world's most endangered species, which mostly live in northeast China and Russia.

According to Xinhua, of just 400 estimated to live in the wild, only 10-17 live in China. Many hundreds live in captivity where they are popular in zoos.

Tiger bones are used to treat everything from skin disease to rheumatism and occasionally used in the production of special wines as well.


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Friday, December 21, 2007

Big Cat Rescue joins International Tiger Coalition

The following is an excerpt of a note from the International Tiger Coalition

Dear All,
 
Please do not think my recent silence means that the ITC has been idle.  On the contrary.  There is much afoot, and I wanted to update you before the end of the year.  Let’s plan to meet up again during the first part of January.  Meanwhile, here is some of what is new:
 
New members
We have six new members, which means the ITC now has 41 member organizations.  Congratulations to you all, as this is unprecedented in conservation history!  Please welcome AMUR; Big Cat Rescue; Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV); International Trust for Nature Conservation; Phoenix Fund; and The Fund For The Tiger.
 
Kanha Circle
As mentioned in earlier meetings and updates, the ITC’s success at the CITES CoP last summer inspired those working exclusively on in situ tiger conservation to explore whether there was basis for creating a larger alliance speaking with one voice to save wild tigers.  Please find attached a summary of what happened at what is now called the Kanha Circle, which was a November meeting in India’s Kanha Tiger Reserve to discuss a means of pushing tigers back up the list of global priorities.  The results are exciting, and we are pursuing financial support to implement a global campaign that would include us all.

Tigers as cricket “stars”
Just after the Kanha Circle adjourned, ITC member WPSI was contacted by ZeeSports to make tigers the new Indian Cricket League’s first subject for cause messaging.  ZeeSports offered creative assistance, billboards, video screens and banner space, passes for 15 “tigers” (people dressed as) and tiger conservation messaging inserted in English and Hindi during play-by-play commentary broadcast across Asia.  WPSI and its supporters made it all happen in a week, and we hope that they will share video and more details with us soon.  Congratulations, Belinda and Company!
 
January TCM conference in Beijing
It is not too late to register for the Beijing conference on traditional Chinese medicine’s role in tiger conservation, which will take place in late January.  Some of you are getting bounce-backs from the organizers in Beijing.  For safety’s sake, please forward all of your registration materials to me via email.   Please also ensure that your contacts in relevant embassies (especially tiger range states, the UK, EU, Australia and the US) in Beijing know about the conference.
 
I apologize for not getting back to you about your questions regarding the sponsors of this conference.  The three organizers include the American College of TCM and Save The Tiger Fund, both of which are ITC members.  The World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) is the third organizer and is the quasi-governmental organization associated with China’s State Administration for TCM.   ACTCM and STF have been working with those who head the WFCMS for a decade.  They were instrumental, with WWF, in organizing China’s first conference on TCM and wildlife conservation in Beijing in 1999.  STF’s Campaign Against Tiger Trafficking (CATT) is the main funder of the conference, and we believe that this will be unique opportunity to get our messages across to leaders in the TCM community in China and around the world.  Special thanks go to IFAW, WWF and TRAFFIC for their on-the-ground assistance in making this conference possible. 
 
China’s new “Love Tigers” website
Just as the TCM conference begins in late January, the ITC will launch a new website in China called “Love Tigers.”  This will be a website created by prominent Chinese artists and writers and other tiger lovers in China.  It will be written in Chinese for Chinese and will feature news and commentary about tigers.  The focus will be the wonders of wild tigers as well as the dangers posed to wild tigers by tiger trade from any source.  This will be China’s first website dedicated to wild tigers.
 
Release of China survey results
A survey of urban Chinese commissioned by some members of the ITC will be released in January, but you will receive an advance copy of them very soon.  In essence, the survey (a stratified random sampling of populations from seven major cities) shows a pervasive latent demand for tiger products.  The good news is that a huge majority of the Chinese public favors keeping China’s tiger trade ban in place - for the sake of wild tigers and China’ global image.  We will be submitting a paper on the results to a peer-reviewed conservation journal.  Please let us know if you would like to be a co-author.
 
Delivery of signatures from the ITC mosaic campaign
We are moving forward with a plan to present the more than 70,000 signatures collected from people around the world asking China to keep its trade ban in place.  We are exploring the possibility of presenting them to Chinese officials at the time of the TCM conference in January.
 
ITC’s award-winning “End Tiger Trade” campaign
As you know, our “End Tiger Trade” campaign won an honorable mention in the PR News Non-Profit Awards.  This is a big deal in the non-profit communications sector in the U.S.  We were not THE winner in our category, however, we don’t feel so badly about that since we were beat by the much more costly Darfur campaign of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google, Inc.  We should be very proud that we were a finalist in league with these giants - and we have a trophy to prove it.  Thanks to all who made that possible, especially Jan Vertefeuille!

Possible access to China’s top leadership
While I cannot name names at this point, I can tell you that one of our ITC members has been able to talk with a very influential member of China’s State Council about the importance of China keeping its tiger trade ban firmly in place.  This State Council member asked for a written summary of the issue for China’s top leaders.  We will let you know whether this information reaches the top.
 
Happy holidays to those who are celebrating holidays at this time.  Happy New Year to all!
 
With gratitude for your continuing partnership,
 
 
Judy Mills
Save The Tiger Fund
Director, Campaign Against Tiger Trafficking (CATT)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC  20036  USA

www.savethetigerfund.org/CATT


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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

FW: Tiger mauls Assam zoo visitor to death


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Tiger mauls Assam zoo visitor to death

From correspondents in Assam, India, 08:05 PM IST

A 50-year-old man was mauled to death by a Royal Bengal tiger Wednesday at a zoo in Assam while he was trying to take photographs with his mobile telephone, wildlife officials said.

A wildlife authority spokesman said a family of four, including the victim's wife and two children, were visiting the zoo in Assam's main city of Guwahati when the incident took place.

'The person crossed over a barricade and went near an iron cage to take photographs using his cell phone. There were two tigers and one of them pounced and tore apart his hand... the other tiger also attacked him,' Narayan Mahanta, the zoo warden, told IANS.

The person was shifted to hospital and was declared brought dead by doctors.

'It was an unfortunate accident and probably was a result of carelessness on the part of the man to have crossed the barricade,' the zoo official said.

In another incident, wildlife officials tranquillised a leopard in the heart of Guwahati after the cat was reported to have been roaming the streets.

'The leopard in the last few days attacked and killed several goats and chicken in the area and was creating terror in the area. We have captured the animal and now shifted it to the zoo,' a wildlife official said.

http://www.indiaenews.com/india/20071219/87129.htm

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