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Take Action buttonThis 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. IF YOU ONLY DO ONE THING TO SAVE BIG CATS; THIS IS THE ACTION TO TAKE TODAY!!!

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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.

USDA Cub Handling Third Comment Period

USDA Cub Handling Third Comment Period

USDA Reopening Comment Period

on Legal Petition Submitted by Big Cat Rescue and Coalition

to Prohibit the Public Contact with Big Cats and Cubs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it is reopening the comment period on a legal petition submitted by Big Cat Rescue, the Humane Society of the United States and a coalition of organizations (HSUS, World Wildlife Fund, Detroit Zoological Society, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Born Free USA, Fund for Animals and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) to completely prohibit exhibition facilities from allowing members of the public to come into direct contact with dangerous wild animals.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/1512904

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-14976.pdf

Big Cat Rescue and the coalition applaud USDA for taking this action to solicit information that would support a regulation prohibiting these inhumane and unsafe interactive experiences with big cats, bears and nonhuman primates. “We are very pleased that USDA is requesting further input from the public and see it as a positive sign that USDA is considering taking the action requested in our petition”, said Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue.

The action follows a determination by USDA in April 2016 that public contact with infant exotic cats violates the Animal Welfare Act, making clear that it is illegal for cubs to be immediately pulled from their mothers after birth to be hand-reared and bottle-fed by members of the public before their immune systems have even developed.

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2016/04/usda-tiger-cub-abuse-roadside-zoos-040416.html?credit=web_id93480558]

Comprehensive action to eliminate this dangerous practice is essential – for example, Dade City’s Wild Things in Dade City, Florida is currently under USDA investigation for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including stress on infant and young tiger cubs handled and forced to swim with the public.

In addition, PETA yesterday filed an intent to sue Dade City’s Wild Things under the Endangered Species Act. PETA contends that prematurely separating infant tigers from their mothers, forcing them to interact with members of the public, and confining them to nearly barren concrete pens all constitute unlawful “takes,” defined by the Endangered Species Act as harming, harassing, and/or wounding an animal. http://www.peta.org/blog/nightmarish-tiger-sweatshop-gets-notice-petas-intent-sue/

Here is the email we got from USDA today:

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering whether to revise the Animal Welfare Act regulations governing the handling of (and public contact with) dangerous animals.

In 2012, a coalition of animal advocacy organizations petitioned APHIS to ban all public contact with dangerous animals exhibited under the Animal Welfare Act. The agency published the petition and received more than 15,000 comments. APHIS is now reopening the comment period until August 31, 2016, as it seeks the public’s input on additional questions that will help the agency better determine its course of action.

The questions are included in a notice, which is available for public inspection on the Federal Register page at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

Interested stakeholders can view the questions and submit comments beginning at:  http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0107

APHIS will host three listening sessions, using these additional questions, in an effort to gather targeted public feedback. The schedule for these sessions and participant information is as follows:

Wednesday, June 29; 1-3 p.m. (EDT); please register here

Wednesday, July 6; 1-3 p.m. (EDT); please register here

Thursday August 4; 1-3 p.m. (EDT); please register here

YOUR Voice Matters

All you have to say is your name and that you are opposed to public contact with exotic cats of any age.  That’s it.

You may register for multiple listening sessions, but you must register for each one separately. After registering, you will receive an email containing the call-in number, access code and an identification code specific to each participant. Please do not share your identification code with anyone because this will impede your ability to connect to the listening session.

During the listening sessions, an operator will provide instructions for those participants who wish to speak. We ask that each speaker please limit their comments to three minutes or less. Thank you.

If you have any problems registering (or connecting), please email Dave Sacks at david.sacks@aphis.usda.gov.

We have created a webpage to serve as our information hub regarding the feedback we are soliciting on handling dangerous animals. The site, located , features the eight questions APHIS is asking as well as instructions on registering for the listening sessions. The site will subsequently feature audio recordings and written transcripts of the listening sessions.

Thank you for your interest in animal welfare and your willingness to participate in this process. APHIS will use the public comments it receives as it considers possible actions to protect animals from any potential harm that can result from being handled by humans. Please feel free to share this stakeholder message with anyone you think would be interested in participating.

At USDA Animal Care, ensuring the welfare of the animals we regulate is at the heart of everything we do.

It seems the last few weeks have been a roller coaster of news about big cats and other captive animals -- sad news followed by joyous news followed by sad news again and then happy news again...

Today we are happy to hear the announcement that the Bowmanville Zoo in Ontario, Canada will close later this year. You may recall this is the zoo where the notorious tiger "trainer" Michael Hackenberger was caught earlier this year whipping a young tiger in an undercover video.

BUT we have heard rumors that the zoo just intends to open under another name. Sadly, this is a tactic abusive exploiters and exhibitors of big cats use to distance themselves from being caught in the act of being cruel. We hope the zoo is truly closing forever and the animals will be transferred to sanctuaries.

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Donna BoggsWhat a piece.Please shut these horrible people down.3 hours ago   ·  5
Jane MooreNever liked circuses just don't go as so many have been reported as not treating there animals correctly3 hours ago   ·  2
Pam CrystalAbout time people accepted that wild animals are called wild because they are and they deserve to live their lives as nature intended. Give them back their dignity!3 hours ago   ·  2
Mekissa ColeBUNCH OF HORSE!3 hours ago
Lyn CorriganGet a proper job you animal abusing ponces.3 hours ago
Ahmad HamdanThere should be more laws to stop this crap from happening. A strong spirited animal should be respected not exploited.3 hours ago
Betty Powers ArnallHopefully Big Cats Will rescue the cats from this place3 hours ago

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