About the Petition
Shockingly, there are about 5,000 captive tigers in the U.S.—many more than in the wild. Almost all of the captive tigers are owned privately as pets—not by zoos or accredited institutions.
Why does this matter? For two main reasons:
- These tigers could become victims of wildlife crime. Without strict regulations on the private ownership of tigers, we cannot prevent them, or their bones and skins, from finding a way into the lucrative illegal international black market.
- It’s a matter of public safety. It’s entirely possible that your neighbor has a tiger on his property and has never reported it to local officials or informed you. In some places, it’s easier to buy a tiger as a pet than to adopt a dog from a shelter.
We need your help to remind President Obama that our government’s inaction to close loopholes on captive tigers leaves wild tigers—and people—vulnerable.