I’m glad you asked!
The single most important thing folks in the US and other parts of the world can do is DON’T PAY TO PET TIGER CUBS!
This isn’t as easy as it sounds!
The exploiters will tell you the cubs are well cared for, that they are conservationists, that these tigers will eventually be released into the wild.
It’s all lies.
You’ll see how cute those babies are, and you’ll tell yourself that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and you’re just one person petting one cub one time.
Don’t do it.
The best way to stop the endless breeding of captive tigers is to dry up the demand to pet cubs. So don’t pay to play! And tell your friends not to either.
In fact, paying for any animal to entertain you is not cool. Those animals are being trained to do things that are not natural for them. Don’t support it.
It’s also important to let your elected officials know that you support laws that protect animals from exploitation. If you live in the US, Born Free USA has a summary of what the laws are in your state regarding the ownership of exotic animals. Born Free UK has a Save the Wild Tigers Campaign that discusses further things we can all do to help.
You can also find out about federal and state bills that impact large animals. At Big Cat Laws you can learn about a federal bill that would ban the ownership of big cats. Period. And for those of you in Texas, there’s a bill that would ban big cat ownership in the state. Please write your elected officials and ask them to support these laws!
Remember, it’s only when we each do our part that these animals will be protected, so PLEASE! Do your part!