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
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 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.
Worldwide Read More
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
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) Read More
Summer Fair Season is NO FUN for big cats!
If you are from NJ or NY your voice would be especially helpful right now in ending this kind of treatment of big cats at the Meadowlands Fair. U.S. Residents please send an email at CatLaws here https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/36537/respond
Everyone, US or not, can post to the Fair's FB page here https://www.facebook.com/SFMeadowlands
Sad Goodbye to Carol Porter
I was so sad to find out that Carol Porter died. I look for her periodically because she told me she Read More
Children Killed and Mauled by Big Cats
or 47 Reasons To Ban Big Cats as Pets
Exotic pet owners say that if they want to be mauled and killed by their pets it is no one’s business but their own. These children who have lost life and limb or have been physically and emotionally scarred could not make that decision for themselves and yet every year since 1990 have suffered the consequences.
Children Killed: 4 Children Mauled: 43
of those: Children Killed by Parent’s cat: 0 Children Killed by Step Parent’s cat: 1
Children Read More
2 Steps to Saving Big Cats and Their Cubs
1. Tell Congress that big cats should not be kept as pets or used as photo and petting props.
2. Ask the USFWS why they haven't rescinded the generic tiger loophole yet.
Download this fact sheet and help spread the word by sending to anyone you know who loves animals.
Download these tips on how to talk to your legislators most effectively.
The third step, telling USDA to ban cub petting, has now been completed. More than 115,000 Read More