An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 big cats, such as tigers, lions, and jaguars, are still being bred and raised by private citizens throughout the U.S. As these animals grow, their care worsens. Some owners lack the knowledge to take care of these exotic creatures, while others use the cats in illegal wildlife trade — a $20 billion international industry.
H.R. 1998, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, would prohibit future possession and breeding of these animals in the exotic pet industry, and it requires current owners to register their big cats with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This bill would put human and wildlife safety at the forefront and closes the book on inhumane exotic pet ownership.
Stand with Born Free USA and urge your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 1998 today.
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To: U.S. House of Representatives
We, the undersigned along with Born Free USA, urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 1998, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. This bill forbids private owners from future possession and breeding of big cats, and it would mandate current owners to register their pets with the USDA.
We are concerned about the danger posed by private ownership and breeding of big cats. Over the past 22 years, captive big cats have been involved in the deaths of 22 humans and 165 maulings. The majority of pet owners cannot properly care for these animals, and it’s time for you to take action against this ongoing wildlife abuse.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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