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Sunday, September 24 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The Commerce of Cats

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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.

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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 →

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Debbie Banks

Campaign Leader for Tigers & Wildlife Crime, Environmental Investigation Agency
Debbie Banks (MSc Conservation), has over 20 years of experience investigating environmental crime with the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), including illegal wildlife trade, illegal mining and illegal trade in ozone depleting substances. She has developed, deployed and participated in overt and covert investigative teams to obtain incontrovertible evidence in the form of video and audio recordings, and ensured that EIA investigation findings are backed up with robust desk-based research and... 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
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge