Casacci, Christopher

 Animal Abuse Registry

October 2021 – Christopher Casacci (39) was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating the Lacey Act and the Animal Welfare Act by trafficking African wild cats. Casacci was doing business as “,” through which he advertised, imported and sold exotic African cats. Casacci claimed that he was operating as a big cat rescue organization in an attempt to avoid New York prohibitions against possessing and selling wild animals. Casacci also falsified transport documents to hide the true species of the cats, instead calling the animals domestic crossbreeds, such as Bengal cats or Savannah cats. Casacci was not permitted to sell the cats because he was not approved to do so under the Animal Welfare Act.  Casacci was previously indicted for his actions in January of 2020. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation.\n\n 

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