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Sunday, September 24 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The Commerce of Cats
With profits funding organized crime syndicates, terrorism and global destabilization, the sale of feline body parts is just one of the pieces in the complicated puzzle of illegal wildlife trafficking. Legal commerce around cats extends broadly into fashion, exotic pets, game farms and trophy hunting.

Facilitator
avatar for Michelle Gadd, Ph.D.

Michelle Gadd, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Africa Programs, US Fish and Wildlife Service - Division of International Conservation
Michelle has worked for the US Fish & Wildlife Service since 2005, where she oversees programs to support elephant and rhino populations across sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to joining USFWS, she spent more than a decade in the field: catching frogs in Kenya and DRC and studying elephants in Kenya, South Africa and... Read More →

Speakers
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Debbie Banks

Campaign Leader for Tigers & Wildlife Crime, Environmental Investigation Agency
Debbie Banks (MSc Conservation), is Campaign Leader for Tigers & Wildlife Crime at the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). She has been with EIA since 1996, investigating, exposing and campaigning against the illegal and unsustainable destruction of tiger habitat, illegal trade in tigers and other Asian big cats, and tiger... Read More →
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Carson Barylak

Campaigns Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Carson is a Campaigns Officer with the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Washington, D.C. office. She leads IFAW’s U.S. big cats in captivity policy campaign and spearheads legislative efforts related to predator control reform, endangered species conservation, and public l... Read More →
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Andrea Crosta

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Elephant Action League
Andrea has over 25 years of experience in conservation projects around the world and, in a parallel professional career, he has been working for 17 years as an international consultant to companies and governmental agencies on high-end security technologies & services, homeland security, anti-piracy, investigations and risk management. He... Read More →
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Masha Kalinina

Humane Society International
Masha Kalinina, Esq, specializes in wildlife policy at Humane Society International. She advocates for increased legal protections for lions, leopards, giraffes, and others, under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and CITES. Masha also leads the campaign to end trophy hunting. Educ... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Explorer's Room Jackson Lake Lodge