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/abuse-issues/issues/pet-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
2 Steps to Saving Big Cats and Their Cubs
The Big Cat Protection & Public Safety Act died at the end of the 113th Congress in Dec. 2014, but had 120 cosponsors in the House and 6 in the Senate, so that is twice the momentum we had in the 112th Congress. We will be reintroducing the bill in 2015 and will need your help to bring the bill across the finish line to a law that bans the private possession of big cats. Please sign up for our monthly, AdvoCat Newsletter so that you will know when we need you to send a letter or make a call to save
2014 Big Cat Bans Enacted
New York Assembly bans public contact with big cats AND their cubs. "The purpose of this bill is to protect animal caretakers, those interacting with wild animals, bystanders, and the animals themselves by preventing direct contact between wild animals and members of the public," the legislation reads. What is even more encouraging to animal lovers is the justification for the law:
"In New York and throughout the United States, several roadside zoo exhibitors and traveling menageries allow members of
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
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
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
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
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.
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
If you will be attending the 2014 Taking Action for Animals, you could win! As the Diamond Sponsor, Big Cat Rescue would like to reward you for taking action to protect exotic cats by offering the chance to win a new IPAD MINI OR ANDROID TABLET.
Here is how to play:
CALL your federal Representative or Senator, ask them to "Co Sponsor the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act HR 1998 and S1381" and then write down who you called, the number you called, if you spoke with a real person or left voicemail (both count)
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