Feline Conservation Federation Providing Training for Big Cat Handlers and Accreditation for Qualified Tiger Facilities

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Ongoing safety training and facility inspections are a vital component for all facilities housing big cats.

A tiger has mauled a worker, Larry Dean, at a Hawthorn facility which trains tigers. "We wish Mr. Dean a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Dean," said Dan Stockdale, Director of Public Relations for the Feline Conservation Federation.

The Feline Conservation Federation is an international non-profit organization that provides training for handlers as well as accreditation for facilities that meet stringent facility design and handler safety requirements. "Ongoing safety training and facility inspections are a vital component for all facilities housing big cats," says Stockdale.

"The value of safety training and facility accreditation cannot be underestimated, said Stockdale, adding, "It is vital for all handlers and facilities to adhere to established safety protocols when caring for the animals under their stewardship."

This incident, as well as the other two incidents that have occurred in recent days, have resulted in injuries to individuals who work or volunteer at the facilities caring for the animals and who assume the risk when they do so.

Stockdale notes that the injuries did not involve any harm to the general public. "Just like skydiving or many other activities in which people engage, working with exotic animals, especially large cats, carries inherent risks. Strict adherence to appropriate safety protocols is mandatory. When proper procedures are used, big cats can be handled safely and without incident."

The next feline husbandry course being taught by certified instructors of the Feline Conservation Federation is scheduled for August 31, in Hot Springs, Arkansas at the Velda Rose Hotel. Facility design basics, contingency planning, as well as feline handling protocol are some of the topics covered in the eight-hour course.

Tigers are an endangered species being conserved in captivity. Tigers will likely be extinct in the wild within the next decade. Many feline species are on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss, poaching, loss of prey, and other factors.

Dan Stockdale (Tiger Guy)
http://www.TigerGuy.com
Dan@TigerGuy.com

For More Information Contact:
Dan Stockdale, Director of Public Relations, Feline Conservation Federation
Mobile: (865) 300-3232        
Email: publicrelations(at)FelineConservation(dot)org
URL: http://www.FelineConservation.org

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