Petition: Support the Big Cat Public Safety Act to End Big Cat Ownership!

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Big cats are wild animals, not pets. Yet in the United States, it’s estimated that there are thousands of big cats being kept as pets or in roadside .

Not only are animals in these conditions suffering greatly, but those keeping them captive are putting their entire communities in danger.

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Only some states have laws that ban private ownership of big cats. That’s why Representative Mike Quigley reintroduced Bill 1380, the Big Cat Public Safety Act.

This bill would amend the “Captive Wildlife Safety Act to prohibit the possession of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or any hybrid of these species by individuals who are not licensed by the US Department of Agriculture.”

The bill does not include sanctuaries, universities, and zoos. Although these can also have terrible conditions for wild animals, the bill is still a positive and necessary step.

Animal Welfare Institute explains the terrible conditions of privately ‘owned’ big cats: “Unscrupulous facilities profit from cub petting or photo opportunities, which fuels a rampant and vicious cycle of breeding and dumping cubs once they are 12 weeks old.

Having outgrown their usefulness, these cubs are funnelled into the exotic , sold to another disreputable exhibitor, or end up in the black market trade for wildlife parts.” This is exploitation, and wild animals belong in the wild with their prides, prowls, and simply acting on their natural instinct.

This is no way for a big cat to live. If you agree, please sign this petition urging Congress to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act for people’s safety and for the animals who don’t deserve this.

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 23 July 2019.


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Sylvie Beclard


Marie-paule Quin


Isabelle Fernandès

Les grands félins ne sont pas des animaux de compagnie – Il est temps d’interdire la propriété privée destinataire: US House 120 322 SUPPORTEURS 130 000 BUT On estime actuellement qu’il y a plus de 10 000 grands chats , y compris des lions, des tigres et des léopards, détenus comme animaux de compagnie ou dans des zoos en bordure de route aux États-Unis, mais personne ne sait exactement où ils se trouvent ni à qui ils appartiennent. Alors que certains États ont des lois interdisant la possession privée de grands félins, d’autres n’ont que peu ou pas de lois… Read more »

France Christiane


Dette Charlier


Bernadette Gustin


Dominique Benoit-Girard


Nancy Burnette

signed February 27

Joyce Dannheim


Tonia Vassila