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Live in the US? Love Big Cats? Read This.

Unless you have your head buried in the sand, you know that right now it’s legal to own a lion, tiger, or other big cat as a pet with little or no regulation or oversight. Hell, there are more laws regarding dog and cat ownership than there are big cats!

But hopefully that’s about to change.

Tony the Tiger

This is Tony the Tiger. He lives in a concrete cage in the parking lot of a truckstop in Louisiana. State lawmakers have repeated refused to act on the tiger’s behalf, making it legal to subject this majestic animal to such cruel neglect. (PHOTO: OneGreenPlanet.org)

There’s a bill before the House of Representatives called Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 3546). If passed into law, the Big Cat Public Safety Act would make it illegal to own big cats, unless you are a zoo and and meet accreditation guidelines. Those who currently own big cats can be grandfathered in provided they register the cat. Breeding will no longer be allowed.

So why have you not heard about this bill? Because since it’s introduction into the House, it’s gone nowhere.

You can change that. 

sad_tiger_mom

The captive female lives her life in a cage in Oklahoma, where she is repeatedly bred only to have her babies taken from her at birth. In this photo she is grieving the loss of her babies, taken at 2 days. (PHOTO: TigersInAmerica.org)

Call or write your representative and ask him or her to support HR 3546.

Not sure exactly how to do this?

Start by going to the Big Cat Rescue web site and reading about this bill. CLICK HERE.

After reading the important information about this bill, type in your zip code in the box at the bottom of the page. Once you submit, a form letter addressed to your representative will pop up. You will need to add your name, address, etc. You’re also encouraged to add a personal message to the canned one, but it’s not required.

Map-keyZ

Don’t let that light blue fool you. Despite Florida’s claims to ban private ownership, there are an estimated 2500 tigers in private hands in the state. Florida has the second highest number of  privately owned tigers in the US. MAP SOURCE: TigersInAmerica.org

 

Prefer to call your representative’s office? The numbers will be listed and you can use the form letter as talking points.

My representative is Gwen Graham, and I wrote her office a personal letter stating why I feel this law should be passed. I pointed out the ESTIMATED number of big cats here in Florida, and how that could be a problem. I also asked to be contacted by Rep. Graham’s office.

What did YOU say in YOUR email?

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Discussion

20 thoughts on “Live in the US? Love Big Cats? Read This.

  1. I am an animalist, an ecologist who strives for the animal’s rights… I deplore the fact that is grant permission to hold any kind of caged animal, but mostly large animals that are not comparable to the dogs or cats or hamsters… Tigers are wild animals and they belong in the wildness of their countries! I always thought that America should have better laws about this matter, showing intelligence and sensibility and being an example for others. In my small country there isn’t even the ideas of having a tiger inside a cage as a pet… maybe we are small and less powerful but with more sensibility toward these issues! C. Giovannoni
    PS. I signed the petition.

    Posted by Giovannoni Claudine | November 21, 2015, 6:29 AM
  2. I hope it will be law soon and once we will see this animals from a distance in their natural habitat and not behind bars…

    Posted by easyweimaraner | November 21, 2015, 6:33 AM
  3. Thanks for this important information!

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    Posted by Roy Sexton (Reel Roy Reviews) | November 21, 2015, 8:21 AM
  4. I don’t need a crystal ball to predict how this will be voted. I’m laying 5 to 1 that Republicans vote no, and Democrats split and cave. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in agreement that we should contact our Reps and try and sway their opinions, but without lots of money, lots of cocaine, and lots of teenage boy-hookers, we don’t stand a chance.

    Sorry. I probably shouldn’t have said that – but sadly, I know my government.

    Posted by bitcodavid | November 21, 2015, 8:46 AM
  5. Done and done. Thanks for letting us know.

    Posted by KDKH | November 21, 2015, 9:18 AM
  6. this is outrageous…this has been illegal in the uk for years,xxRachel

    Posted by speedyrabbit | November 21, 2015, 11:51 AM
  7. Thank you, Rumpydog. I sent the letter to my congresswoman.

    Posted by Andrea Kenner | November 21, 2015, 3:46 PM
  8. This is shocking stuff. I hope the bill gets passed.

    Posted by Isobel | November 22, 2015, 3:52 PM
  9. The stupid things we’re allowed to do versus the logical things that are illegal can keep you awake at night if you ponder them to much….but staying awake thinking of solutions is a good thing..

    Posted by Gay Johnson | November 22, 2015, 9:40 PM
  10. Oh no….poor mom cat….she was stolen her babies from her at birth……no wonder why she looks grieving so deeply……..

    Posted by eripanwkevin | November 23, 2015, 3:08 AM

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