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Getting Better All the Time
Agency Educational, Electronic, and Enforcement Efforts Under the Animal Welfare Act Protect Animals and Provide for Accountability

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By James F. Gesualdi

Things start with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) law and regulations, which must provide clear standards. Then it is essential that regulated entities are fully aware of and understand their significant responsibilities. It is incumbent upon individuals, facilities, and organizations to have the knowledge, insights, and experience to fulfill their legal (and moral) responsibilities to the animals entrusted to their care. Taken together, all these and other things help protect and save animals and promote their well-being. “Using all available resources” to do this begins with us.


Universal Laws to Make This a Better
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By James F. Gesualdi

Drawing upon nearly 35 years of experience of “lawyering from the heart” and making a difference for animals and people, and to distill what I have learned and applied for a webinar presented to Animal Concepts, these 12 “Universal Laws” represent an effective approach.

Academy News
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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy Puts Springs Preserve in the Spotlight

Springs Preserve is part of the Academy’s collaborative learning environment.

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Safe Capture

The Academy’s Safe Capture program offers in-person, virtual, and e-learning training for the chemical immobilization and anesthesia of domestic and wildlife species. Learn more about Safe Capture training.

News from Recent Safe Capture Training Events

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our January training event at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This event drew enthusiastic participants from around the US, including veterinarians, wildlife biologists, students, and other domestic animal and wildlife management specialists. We are so glad you could join us!

Upcoming Safe Capture In-person Training Events

Registration is now open for the following Academy Safe Capture in-person events:

Washington (Pullman): March 9–10, 2024: This event is being hosted by Washington State University and the University of Idaho and is open to all participants.

Missouri (St. Joseph): March 11–12, 2024: Thhis event is being hosted by Missouri Western State University and is open to all participants.

New York (Cortland): March 26–27, 2024: This event is being hosted by the DEC Wildlife Health Program and is open to all participants.


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For more information, or to register for these events, please visit the Safe Capture training.

Academy Technical Support
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If you need more specific help, you can also submit a help ticket through the support hub, or call 888-685-4440 to speak with a CypherWorx customer support representative.

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