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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 January 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 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, servals and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

  • The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in Nov. 4, 1992.
  • The non profit 501 c 3 sanctuary is home to about 100 exotic big cats
  • The cats at Big Cat Rescue are here for a variety of reasons, including:
    • Abandoned by owners who wrongly thought they would make good pets
    • Abused by owners in order to force them to perform
    • Retired from performing acts
    • Saved from being slaughtered to make fur coats
    • Rescued as babies after hunters killed their mothers.  See our Bobcat Rehab and Release work
  • Big Cat Rescue has many species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild, including:
    • Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, Jungle Cats and a Geoffroy Cat
  • The non-profit organization is:
    • Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
    • Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity”
    • Member of the World Society for Protection of Animals
    • Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
    • Part of a global coalition including HSUS, IFAW, WWF, GFAS, Born Free and other animal protection groups who are working together to end big cat abuse.
  • The sanctuary is situated on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.

Chained at the big top or free in the wild which would you choose? Which would Sundari choose? ... See MoreSee Less

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Natasja HeydensI prefere free in the wild. Although I took my picture in a zoo.6 hours ago   ·  259
Caitlin Bsaa Robertsonfree in the wild....its illigal here for animals to be in circuses now, that law should be everywhere now :)7 hours ago   ·  26
Kathy Pippinunfortunately the wild is not a safe place anymore with all the poaching going on. but the wild in better circumstances would be the best for them.5 hours ago   ·  3
Janie IngramFREE5 hours ago   ·  3
Alan WillisI prefer a lot of creatures in the wild. It's their natural habitat. Having wrote that, man has been killing these majestic creatures for their skin and other parts . For elephants it's the tusks. Rhinos for horns. Until we can control the poaching of these animals their only prevention from extinction is captivity or in secure sanctuaries if you will. By what I mean captivity depends on how they're kept captive. Some of the modern zoos enclosures are pretty nice and not the usual cage like enclosure. Being in the wild would be ideal and I agree. But I would like to see these creatures survive and not go extinct like so many species before them.5 hours ago   ·  3
Marlena GunnWherever is safe! Free preferably7 hours ago   ·  3
Janet WilcockFreedom!! He was born to be free n wild.2 hours ago   ·  2
Helena PopeFree..... Most of all safe.5 hours ago   ·  2
Janice MartellFree in the wild.7 hours ago   ·  2
Linda Tarr HultFree in the wild but safe from human predators =^..^=2 hours ago   ·  1
Lois DefordFree....2 hours ago   ·  1
Loren Marie SzmitkoIn the wild where she can be herself3 hours ago   ·  1
Crystal Nashfree3 hours ago   ·  1
Lori CarrollI think he'd prefer Big Cat Rescue as then he gets a bit of freedom without the dangers of failed hunting :D Option 3 ;) otherwise freedom3 hours ago   ·  1
Gina KurthFREE!!!3 hours ago   ·  1
Lori LuevanoBeautiful3 hours ago   ·  1
Margaretta NoeFREEEEE!3 hours ago   ·  1
Tanya JohnsonI would prefer free in the wild if it were going to be safe. I'm sure Sundari would choose that too.3 hours ago   ·  1
Natalie DjudjichFree in the wild!3 hours ago   ·  1
Nilanjana in wild5 hours ago   ·  1
Mary GreenengerWouldn't you want to be free?? No doubt FREE5 hours ago   ·  1
Ava WhettonFREEDOM !6 hours ago   ·  1
Julia Fort ShrumFree in the wild.6 hours ago   ·  1
Linda EnglandFree in the wild, of course!!! 😊6 hours ago   ·  1
Zamzuri ZauyahFree n safe..Free as free as the wind blows as free as the green grows...!!!!6 hours ago   ·  1

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