A for-profit wildlife organization in Miami has hired its first K Street firm to lobby against legislation aimed at protecting big cats.
The Zoological Wildlife Foundation provides wild animals for events and gives educational tours at its facility in Miami. It recently hired Vitello Consulting — and former House National Resources Committee staffer Frank Vitello — to push back against the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act.
That legislation, sponsored by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), would ban keeping lions, tigers and other big cats as pets and prohibit breeding or transporting the animals across state lines.
The foundation argues the bill would prove disastrous for conservation efforts by limiting the breeding and sales of big cats.