• Animal Care

    Federal Regulators Must Enforce Animal Welfare Law to Protect Toki

    Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is urging the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of Agriculture to initiate enforcement actions against Miami Seaquarium (MSQ) for failing to protect the health and welfare of its animals, particularly Toki (also known as Tokitae, Lolita, and Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut), the world’s oldest captive orca. Toki has been languishing in the world’s smallest orca tank for half a century. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for administering the Animal Welfare Act through regulations specific to marine mammals such as Toki. The Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for…

  • Pets News

    How FWC is helping you protect your pets

    WINK NEWS On Sunday, dozens of people got a chance to microchip their pets with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This as a way to keep your reptiles safe and protect Florida’s native wildlife. Echo is a green iguana and a valued member of the Holland family. Weston Holland lives in Cape Coral. “Most people probably wouldn’t think an iguana would be very sweet but he has such a nice personality,” said Weston. Weston and Luke brought Echo to Lee County Animal Services to perform their duty as pet owners. “He’s become a beloved pet for Weston so we didn’t want to just give him up,”…