Tigers Don’t Belong in Our Backyards

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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Updates & News

  • Apr 05 2016

    Action Update

    Today, the US government announced new regulations around captive tigers. That's thanks to you and the other supporters who joined you in taking action to protect tigers. These new regulations are a step forward in improving all of that—and in ensuring that US captive tigers cannot fuel the illegal trade that drives poaching of tigers in the wild. Thank you!

  • Feb 17 2016

    We did it!

    Thank you for helping us reach 60,000 supporters! We've now upped our goal to 90,000 signatures! Let's keep the momentum going to close loop-holes that allow tiger captivity.

  • Oct 05 2015

    Petition Delivery!

    On March 31st, WWF submitted the full list of signers through a letter to President Obama. In total, WWF submitted 263,206 names, 41,030 of which came from TakePart.