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The US Department of Agriculture

WE the undersigned call for the USDA to push for Legislation that would bolster regulations on big cat ownership in the United States.
Currently, only 28 states fully ban big cat possession, seven states do not address the issue at all. The remaining states fall somewhere in between.
The proposed legislation, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, would change that. The bill would amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to explicitly prevent private big cat ownership across the United States. Private pet owners who already owned big cats could keep them as long as they registered them with the Department of Agriculture, but going forward, only zoos or sanctuaries could adopt new felines.
Private owners would no longer be allowed to breed and auction off their animals.
Way to often the poor animals are often abandoned, relinquished or just kept in very substandard and dangerous conditions because they’re wild animals and people don’t know how to deal with them.
Please USDA look into this and make the necessary changes and help the many many innocent BIG CATS that are being cruelly shuffled from facility to facility and living in cramped captivity after being rescued from zoos, private homes and failing shelters.
Sincerely..

Signed,

Jessy Svetanoska

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

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More tigers live in private captivity in Texas than in the wild, where conservationists estimate that around 3,000 of the endangered animals remain. No one knows for sure how many big cats —...

More tigers live in private captivity in Texas than in the wild, where conservationists estimate that around 3,000 of the endangered animals remain. No one knows for sure how many big cats — including tigers, lions, panthers, cheetahs, leopards and others — are kept today in backyards and apartments across the United States, but estimates run as high as 20,000. (The Endangered Species Act does not prohibit domestic trade in captive-bred wildlife.)
A call to push for Legislation that would bolster regulations on big cat ownership in the United States.
Currently, only 28 states fully ban big cat possession, seven states do not address the issue at all. The remaining states fall somewhere in between.
NEWS STORY-
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/the-case-against-big-cat-ownership/

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