FCF Sets High Standards for Exotic Feline Facility Accreditation

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FCF Feline Facility Accreditation provides a 'seal of approval' that the owner meets or exceeds high standards and is qualified to provide a safe and productive environment for cats.

The Feline Conservation Federation has finalized its new Feline Facility Accreditation. FCF Accreditation provides certification to owners that excel in facility construction and husbandry practices.

Breeders, exhibitors, private owners, zoos and sanctuaries that meet the principles of responsible ownership can apply for FCF Accreditation. Any keeper may apply, whether they possess one cat or one hundred, whether ownership is for commercial or private purposes.

FCF Vice President Robert Turner announced the selection of the 5-member FCF Accreditation Panel. "This panel possesses considerable knowledge on all aspects of exotic feline ownership. Their combined experience represents 125 years, working with 25 species of exotic cats."

FCF Feline Facility Accreditation provides a 'seal of approval' to the owner that meets or exceeds high standards and is qualified to provide a safe and productive environment for cats.

According to Accreditation Panel chairperson, Kevin Chambers, "We believe that this objective is essential and that there is no greater priority."

Failure to maintain facility standards, husbandry practices, proper permits or violation of any animal or wildlife laws may be cause for suspension, probation, or revocation of FCF Accreditation.

Facilities applying for FCF Accreditation must hire a licensed veterinarian to conduct an annual inspection and complete a comprehensive questionnaire. Applicants must also submit photos or video documentation and pay a processing fee. The FCF Accreditation Panel evaluates all submitted materials and either indicates areas that need improvement or accredits the facility.

FCF Accredited facilities may be awarded reduced liability insurance premiums and the prestige of being certified 'excellent in husbandry and safety standards'. Additional information can be found on the Feline Conservation Federation web site at http://www.felineconservation.org.

Feline Conservation Federation is a non-profit organization open to any individual or entity dedicated to the preservation, protection or propagation of exotic felines. Founder Catherine Cisin joined with others in the 1950’s to share husbandry knowledge of ocelots. Today the Federation maintains the largest and most diverse collection of wild felines in captivity for breeding stock, educational out-reaches and exhibits work, good-will ambassadors and trained talent animals.

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