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The Most Important Thing YOU Can Do to Save Big Cats

Most-ImportantThis bill called the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act is the most important piece of legislation to ever be introduced to protect lions, tigers and other exotic wild cats from being kept as pets and in miserable roadside zoos. It ended the 113th Congressional session with more than 120 co sponsors.  Now we are working to re introduce the bill in early 2015.

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Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, is a leading advocate in ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction.  We are home to about 80 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougarsservals and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

Happy to report that HR 3546 the Big Cat Public Safety Act now has a companion bill in the Senate. S 2541 (so please go send an email at BigCatAct.com) AND Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Bernie Sanders sent this compelling letter to Secretary Vilsack:

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

We write to urge you to strictly prohibit, under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) animal handling regulations, public contact with big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates of any age.

When individuals other than trained employees or veterinarians come into direct or unsafe close contact with these animals, regardless of age, it fails to protect animal welfare and public safety and undermines the conservation of endangered species.

In October 2012, a broad coalition of animal protection organizations, sanctuaries, professionally-run zoos, animal behavior experts, and conservationists submitted a petition requesting that the agency take action to prohibit public contact with big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates.

In August 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on the petition. However, the agency has yet to take action to amend its regulations or animal care policies.

Big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates (including endangered species like tigers, cheetahs, orangutans, and chimpanzees) that interact with the public are irresponsibly bred, forcibly separated from their mothers, and frequently subjected to horrific, abusive practices.

Public handling begins when young exotic animals appear deceptively unthreatening and lasts until the animals have grown large enough to present a clear danger to the public. At that point, these menageries typically send the animals into the exotic animal trade, where they might be kept as backyard pets, sentenced to life at another substandard roadside zoo, or even slaughtered for human consumption. A lucky few may end up in accredited sanctuaries, in which case animal welfare groups will bear the financial burden of providing care for a decade or more.

The steady flow of big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates produced by petting zoo operations puts an excessive burden on law enforcement and government agencies and poses an increased risk of attacks and escapes.

Ultimately, taxpayers, as well as the law-abiding sanctuary community, foot the bill in the wake of attacks, escapes, or confiscations that inevitably result from the country's growing population of captive exotic animals.

There is simply no safe or humane way to allow for public handling of big cats, bears, or nonhuman primates of any age, and it is essential that USDA explicitly and expeditiously prohibit such activity under the AW A regulations.

Thank you giving your attention to this important matter.

We appreciate the opportunity to provide input on this process and look forward to your response.
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Lacey ThePowerJessica Elizabeth Dick yay Bernie!4 hours ago
Zilda Hebert-FrogueAbout time.4 hours ago   ·  1
Stuart PetrieI couldn't have put it better myself!:)4 hours ago   ·  1
Patrick PhelpsGood news I hope.4 hours ago   ·  2
Renée NefeWild animals belong in the wild, NOT in a cage the size & smell of a bathroom.4 hours ago   ·  4
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Liiso RaudvassarI hope they understand4 hours ago   ·  2
Keith MynattI love the big cats, Tiger is my favorite.4 hours ago   ·  3
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Marion FriedlDon´t know if my signature´s been taken or not, the same appeared again after signing as before, sorry, maybe because I´m from Germany??? :(4 hours ago
Tanja PirttiläExcellent job, people!! keep it up!4 hours ago
Michelangelo BuonarottiMan has no right to kill God Creation! All te Animals are beautiful and necesary to this world! We must protect them with lows and care.4 hours ago   ·  3
Will MoffettBig Cat Rescue what do you have to do for Congress to make it a bill. I understand the process but what do you have to do to start it.4 hours ago
Lisa AllcapsI made the calls and sent emails- thank you for making it easy. I also shared this on my page and encouraged my friends to do the same.3 hours ago
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