This material is being sent at the request of both Ms. Tippi Hedren and The Honorable Howard Buck McKeon (R-CA 25) and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA 46) regarding yesterday announcement about The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. The passing of this bill will finally mean that captive big cats-tigers, lions, cougars and other species - will not threaten public safety, diminish global conservation efforts, or end up living in deplorable conditions. Congressman McKeon's office contact can be found below. For more information regarding Ms. Hedren's efforts with The Shambala Preserve and The ROAR Foundation, please visit Shambala.org.
McKeon and Sanchez Introduce Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Howard Buck McKeon (R-CA 25) and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA 46) introduced H.R. 1998, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act would prohibit private possession of big cats, such as lions, tigers, panthers and cheetahs, except at highly-qualified facilities, like accredited zoos, where they can be properly cared for and restrained. Additionally, since no agency, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state agencies, or local first responders, currently knows exactly how many dangerous big cats are being kept in private hands, under what conditions, and in what locations, the bill would require any persons who currently possess big cats to register those animals with USDA in order to keep the cats they currently own. The bill would also outlaw the breeding of any big cat except at accredited zoos and research and educational institutions. Violators of the law could have their animals confiscated along with any vehicles or equipment used to aid in their illegal activity, and could face stiff penalties including fines as much as $20,000, and up to five years in jail. The need for federal legislation regulating the sale and captivity of big cats has become dire. An alarming number of wild cats have been bred and sold as domestic pets in the U.S. This trend threatens public safety and often results in the severe mistreatment of these animals. Most recently, the fatal mauling of young intern at a private wildlife park in Dunlap, California, and the tragic events in Zanesville, Ohio in October, 2011, where 49 wild animals were killed after they were let loose on an unlicensed wild animal preserve, showcase the dangerous implications of this rising trend. Currently, only nine states have laws enforcing no wild animals permitted, and the remaining states have weak or no laws in existence. This bi-partisan bill will deter the dangerous private breeding, selling and keeping of lions, tigers and other dangerous big cats, and will help keep the public safe. This bill will also help global big cat conservation efforts and will work to ensure that big cats do not end up living in horrible conditions where they can be subject to mistreatment and cruelty. No matter how many times people try to do it, wildcats such as lions, tigers, panthers and cheetahs are impossible to domesticate for personal possession, said Congressman McKeon. These wild animals require much higher living standards compared to a domestic house cat and demand care that most black-market owners are not able to provide for. When accidents happen or when individuals learn they can't take care of these animals, and these wild cats are released into our neighborhoods, it causes panic, puts a strain on our local public safety responders and is extremely dangerous. This bill is a step forward in protecting the public, ensuring that wildcats are not exploited and making sure those that are held in captivity are taken care of humanely in proper living conditions. State laws addressing the private ownership and breeding of big cats vary greatly, with some states banning the practice outright while others impose few and partial restrictions, said Congresswoman Sanchez. This patchwork of regulations is confusing and it jeopardizes the safety of the public and the welfare of our animals. The Big Cats bill is a federal solution that will clarify these regulations and will lessen the interstate traffic of various species. This legislation is supported by the Roar Foundation, Shambala Preserve, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Born Free USA, Humane Society of United States, Big Cat Rescue, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Sincerely, Congressman Buck McKeon OFFICE INFORMATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE 2184 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 phone: 202-225-1956 SANTA CLARITA OFFICE 26650 The Old Road Suite 203 Santa Clarita, CA 91381 phone: 661-254-2111 PALMDALE OFFICE 1008 W. Ave M-14 Suite E Palmdale, CA 93551 phone: 661-274-9688 Safety Act Talking Points o There are as many as 10,000 big cats kept in private hands, but no one knows exactly how many and where. o The exact number is a mystery because few records are kept. What we do know is that these animals should never be kept as pets. o Just weeks ago, a young woman in Dunlap, CA was attacked by an adult lion while she was cleaning his enclosure. Tragically, the young woman died, and the lion had to be killed by authorities. The incident took place at a facility that breeds and frequently transports its big cats for public display. o In the last two decades in the U.S., dangerous incidents involving big cats have resulted in 22 people being killed (including five children) and nearly 200 being mauled or otherwise injured. The numbers are likely higher as these are only the incidents widely reported by the media. o It costs at least $10,000 a year on average just to feed a big cat, and they need huge spaces to roam. Many big cat owners, even those with good intentions, quickly realize they are in over their heads. o Local law enforcement and other first responders are neither trained nor financially equipped to deal with animals the likes of a 300-pound tiger, and taxpayers must pay the cost when animals escape or otherwise jeopardize the community. o Furthermore, the USDA does not have the resources to adequately inspect big cat licensees and enforce Animal Welfare Act compliance. o Co-sponsor the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act today. Passing this bill would mean an amendment to the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to generally restrict breeding and keeping big cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, and cougars) as pets. Current owners of any of these big cats would just need to register them with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bill would provide exemptions for the following: zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), wildlife sanctuaries (that do not breed or allow public handling of their animals), wildlife rehabilitators, some research and education institutions, and some traveling circuses. o Unfortunately, reform came too late to Zanesville, Ohio. That's where a backyard exotic animal owner released 38 big cats and 18 other dangerous animals and then took his own life. To protect the surrounding community, law enforcement had no choice but to kill most of the animals. We can't stand on the sideline waiting for the next incident. Don't let your neighborhood be next. You, your family, and these animals all deserve protection. o Passing this bill will finally mean that captive big cats-tigers, lions, cougars and other species-do not threaten public safety, diminish global conservation efforts, or end up living in deplorable conditions
Born on January 19, 1930, actress Tippi Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in her two most notable films, The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). She later appeared in Roar (1981), which she also produced,
Deadly Spygames (1989) and Citizen Ruth (1996). In 1972, she founded the Roar Foundation and Shambala Preserve, an animal preserve outside Los Angeles. Hedren is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith.
Actress Tippi Hedren was born Nathalie Kay Hedren on January 19, 1930, in New Ulm, Michigan, to Bernard Carl Hedren and Dorothea Henrietta (Eckhardt) Hedren. Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in her two most notable films, The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964).
Hedren's later films include Roar (1981), which she also produced; Deadly Spygames (1989); and Citizen Ruth (1996). Additionally, she has appeared in several television movies, including Birds 2: The Land's End (1994).
More recently, Hedren was cast in the film I Heart Huckabees (2004) and starred in the TV movie Tribute (2009), which aired on the Lifetime network and also starred Brittany Murphy.
October 2012 marked the debut of HBO's The Girl, a film based on the Donald Spoto novel Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies, which details the famous director's relationships with several film actresses, including Hedren. In recent years, Hedren has publicly discussed her working relationship with Hitchcock; according to Hedren, Hitchcock made several aggressive sexual advances toward her while they were working on The Birds and Marnie, and when she rejected him, he treated her coldly. The Girl stars Toby Jones (Alfred Hitchcock) and actress Sienna Miller (Hedren).
Outside of acting, Hedren has been involved in various projects. Among them, she has dedicated her life to animal rescue efforts. In 1972, she founded the Roar Foundation and Shambala Preserve, an animal preserve outside Los Angeles. It houses over 65 animals. Shambala also became the home for Michael Jackson's two Bengal tigers after he closed his Neverland zoo. WWW.SHAMBALA.ORG
Hedren is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith. She was married to Peter Griffith, Griffith's father, for nearly a decade, from 1952 to 1961. She has since been married twice, to Noel Marshall (1964-1982) and Luis Barrenechea (1985-1995), and in recent years, has been romantically linked to Martin Dinnes.
With World Theatrical Premiere of Newly Restored To Kill a Mockingbird, Introduced by Robert Osborne and Spike Lee
All Screenings Free to Public; Tickets to be Available at tcm.com/roadtohollywood
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to launch its third annual Road to Hollywood tour of free events on Thursday, March 1 in New York City with the world theatrical premiere of the newly restored classic To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). The beloved drama, which recently debuted on Blu-ray in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary, will be introduced by TCM host Robert Osborne and acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee.
The New York theatrical premiere of To Kill a Mockingbird's 50th anniversary restoration will kick off this year's 10-city Road to Hollywood tour, which serves as an exciting prelude to the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place April 12-15 in Hollywood. Among the stars making appearances on this year's tour are Ernest Borgnine, Angie Dickinson, Tippi Hedren, Shirley Jones, Jane Powell and Eva Marie Saint. Robert Osborne will share hosting duties on this year's tour with TCM weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz and film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.
TCM will be partnering with a local affiliate in each market. This year’s Road To Hollywood tour will include new local affiliate partners including Verizon in New York City, DIRECTV in Minneapolis and Denver, and AT&T in Houston. Also for the first time, TCM will bring the tour to Canada, partnering with Bell in Toronto. Comcast will be the affiliate partner in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and Portland.
“For the past two years, we have had a wonderful time taking some of the magic of the TCM Classic Film Festival to different corners of the United States and, for the first time this year, to Toronto, Canada,” Osborne said. “The Road to Hollywood tour is a great opportunity for us to meet TCM's fans up close and personal, while sharing and celebrating some of the greatest films ever made.”
Following the March 1 event in New York, the 2012 edition of TCM’s Road to Hollywood will feature screenings in Minneapolis (March 8); Houston (March 14); Philadelphia (March 15); Miami (March 20); Atlanta (March 22); Chicago (March 27); Toronto (March 31); Denver (April 3); and Portland, Ore. (April 5). All screenings are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for entrance and can be obtained through http://www.tcm.com/roadtohollywood.
Below is a complete schedule for the 2012 edition of TCM’s Road to Hollywood tour:
New York City – Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) – The Ziegfeld Theatre
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) – World Theatrical Premiere of 50th Anniversary Restoration hosted by Robert Osborne, with special guest Spike Lee
Tickets available February 15.
Minneapolis – Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 (CT) – The Heights Theatre
Marnie (1964) – Hosted by Leonard Maltin, with special guest Tippi Hedren
Tickets available February 23.
Houston – Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. (CT) – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
On the Waterfront (1954) – Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, with special guest Eva Marie Saint
Tickets available February 29.
Philadelphia – Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) – Prince Music Theater
North by Northwest (1959) – Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, with special guest Eva Marie Saint
Tickets available March 1.
Miami – Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) – The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
Elmer Gantry (1960) – Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, with special guest Shirley Jones
Tickets available March 6.
Atlanta – Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) – Richard H. Rich Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) – Hosted by Robert Osborne, with special guest Jane Powell
Tickets available March 8.
Chicago – Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. (CT) – Music Box Theatre
The Birds (1963) – Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, with special guest Tippi Hedren
Tickets available March 13.
Toronto – Saturday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) – TIFF Bell Lightbox
Rio Bravo (1959) – Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, with special guest Angie Dickinson
Tickets available March 16.
Denver – Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. (MT) – The Landmark Mayan Theatre
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) – Hosted by Leonard Maltin, with special guest Jane Powell
Tickets available March 20.
Portland, Ore. – Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. (PT) – Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum
Marty (1955) – Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, with special guest Ernest Borgnine
Tickets available March 22.
About the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival
Taking place Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, in Hollywood, the third-annual TCM Classic Film Festival is produced by TCM and sponsored by Vanity Fair, host of the exclusive, opening-night party, and Delta Air Lines, official airline of the event. Since launching in spring 2010, the TCM Classic Film Festival has quickly established itself as a destination event for film lovers, drawing more than 25,000 attendees from around the country and around the globe in 2011.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first OscarsÒ ceremony, will serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for passholders. Screenings and events will be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and, for the first time this year, Arclight Cinema's Cinerama Dome.
Complete information about the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival is available at http://tcm.com/festival.
About To Kill A Mockingbird
Experience one of the most significant milestones in film history like never before with To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition. Screen legend Gregory Peck stars as courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch - the Academy Award®-winning performance hailed by the American Film Institute as the Greatest Movie Hero of All Time. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel about innocence, strength and conviction and nominated for eight Academy Awards®, this beloved classic is now digitally remastered and fully restored for optimum picture and sound quality and boasts hours of unforgettable bonus features. Watch it and remember why “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Currently available in a commemorative, Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack as well as on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award‑winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial‑free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 86 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of OscarÒ and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials on its website, http://www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.
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