The Captive Wild Animal Protection Campaign (CWAPC) was originally founded as the Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition in 2002 to address the issues surrounding the growing US trade in captive wildlife. At that time, the coalition was comprised of expert individuals from key zoos, sanctuaries, and animal protection groups.
In 2009, as the CWAPC became a program of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, a sanctuary accreditation organization, its name was changed to the Captive Wild Animal Protection Campaign. This was a natural evolution for CWAPC as a large part of the original coalition focus had been drafting sanctuary standards, and supporting the sanctuary community. In addition, the standards that were developed by CWAPC were the initial standards utilized by GFAS. Other sets of standards and multiple revisions from
several working groups of experts comprise GFAS standards of today.
The Captive Wild Animal Protection Campaign envisions a world where wild animals are not kept as pets or used for entertainment or commercial purposes, and live free from commercial exploitation.
The Captive Wild Animal Protection Campaign works to end the exploitation and suffering of wild animals in captivity by educating the American public, policy makers and media on possession, use and trade through sound research and accurate, compelling data.