Be a Big Cat Friendly Tourist!
Did you know that big cats and cubs are exploited and even abused at tourist attractions here in the U.S. and in dozens of countries around the world?
What can you do to make sure you don’t unwittingly participate in tourist activities that exploit big cats and other wild animals?
Easy ways YOU and your family can be responsible tourists:
• Never pay to touch or have your photo taken with a tiger or lion cub
• Don’t attend circuses, fairs, or attractions that feature wild animal shows
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Pet a Tiger Cub?
Wondering if it is ever OK to pet a lion cub or a tiger cub? Get the most updated info on cub handling here. http://bigcatrescue.org/cubs
The World Wildlife Fund just launched a campaign to restrict and regulate the trade in tigers called "Tigers Among U.S." It updates the information gathered for their "Paper Tigers" report from 2008 with data collected by Big Cat Rescue and other International Tiger Coalition partners. It is clear that the virtually unregulated trade in captive bred tigers in the Read More
Good Morning, fellow Big Cat supporters! I'd like to share with you an article I've written as the new Legislation Intern for Big Cat Rescue! My particular internship is a new one here and was created to further the incredibly important big cat welfare legislation we are constantly working on! Please keep your eye out for the articles and blogs I will share to keep you in the know about one of the most important that Big Cat does and how you can help us end the trade and save the cats!!!
Big Top, Big Cruelty
by Jessica James
Who Read More
2015 Big Cat Bans Enacted
2/4/15 Hollywood Animals announces they are getting out of the big cat rental business because CGI has replaced their industry.
2/5/15 Asheville, North Carolina for banning circuses with wild animals! Read an article about it: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/02/04/asheville-animal-cruelty-circus-ban-us-cellular-center-elephant/22889259/
2/5/15 Graystone Ranch in GA surrenders their USDA license and gives their wild cats and other animals to sanctuaries citing that they are tired of the business.
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Most Important Big Cat Bill Ever
This bill called the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act HR 1998 and S 1381 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. Ask your member of Congress to Co-Sponsor this bill now!
Send a quick and easy letter to your lawmaker using our sample letter asking them to support BigCatLaws.com
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Genie the Sandcat is rushed to the vet when her keepers note that she is acting weird.
Genie Sandcat was sedated in a glass box used for domestic cats.
This was to make sedation easier on her since she is only 3.3 pounds and 14 years old.
Dr. Wynn keeps a close eye on her vitals.
The monitors are just all over the place, so she has to rely on feel, sound and instincts.
For such an old and tiny cat, Genie Sandcat has some fearsome teeth!
The tiniest mask straps Read More
We Petition Congress, USDA & USFWS to:
Ban the Private Possession of Wild Animals.
Wild animals in cages do nothing to enhance the survival of the species in the wild. There are no reintroduction programs whereby big cats are bred in cages for reintroduction to the wild. On the contrary, the private possession of wild animals harms the survival of those in the wild because paying to see them diverts money from real conservation and they provide a smoke screen for illegal poaching. Authorities cannot tell a captive bred tiger from a Read More
State Laws for Keeping Exotic Cats
Find out what your state laws are regarding the keeping of exotic cats from bobcats to tigers. Select the state of your choice below for a synopsis of the law or click HERE to get the full 231 page Adobe PDF version for all states. The WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society lists all existing laws and pending laws HERE If clicking on the state doesn't take you to the state, try scrolling down the page to the information.
The Library of Congress offers this guide to global laws regarding Read More
China Admits to Trade in Captive Tiger Skins
China has for the first time admitted that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species have said. They say Chinese authorities had never before reported this.
"We don't ban trade in tiger skins but we do ban trade in tiger bones," a participant at the meeting said.
Between 5,000 and 6,000 tigers are believed to be in captivity in China.
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Big Cat Rescuers are sitting in the airport waiting for the flight back to Tampa. We are so exhausted we can hardly speak, but it is that wonderful sort of exhaustion that comes from knowing you gave it everything you had and that you made a difference.
Big Cat Rescue was the Diamond Sponsor of the 2014 Taking Action for Animals Conference because it gave unparalleled exposure to more than 1,200 animal activists who cared enough to travel to D.C. for four days to learn about ways to help animals. Our sponsorship also gave Read More