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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Big Cat Rescue at HSUS Animal Care Expo
This year's HSUS Animal Care Expo officially wraps up tomorrow afternoon but Big Cat's participation ends tonight as Thursday is dedicated to workshops. It has been an exhausting yet thrilling week. I have never been so proud to represent my place of work, my professional home - my big cat family.
The week started on Sunday with Big Cat Rescue joining as the newest member of the National Council for Animal Protection [NCAP] at the Summit for the Animals, a meeting for leaders of the animal Read More
This page lists pages that deal with big cat laws
Killings, maulings and escapes by big cats
State and Federal laws concerning exotic cats
Big Cat Bans
Why regulations don't work and why bans do
Legislation cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless.
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Legislative Intern Position Description
The Legislative Intern [LI] works under the direction of the Founder, the Director of Outreach, and the Operations Manager. As with all other intern paths, the LI must complete 600 hours of service during the 12-week internship. This is equivalent to working 50+ hours per week. Interns may be required to work more or less hours as needed by the sanctuary.
The objective of the LI is to support the Director of Outreach in both our educational and legislative programs. Our goal is twofold: 1. Educate Read More
Open Letter to Beyonce
I’d like to begin by saying that in some ways I truly admire you. Perhaps we have different views on some (or many) social issues, but I do see in you a deep desire to be kind to others. You seem to put great effort into being a progressive and independent woman and a role model not only to entertainment-obsessed masses, but to the youth of America (this includes your young daughter). I think it was, perhaps, a mother’s love and the need to provide your daughter with extraordinary opportunities, Read More
Why is it bad to pet cubs?
1. The first reason is the misery this causes to the cubs during the time they are exploited in this way to make money and in the way they are treated once they are too big to use in this way.
2. The second is less obvious and well known, but very real - that rampant breeding of tiger cubs in the US impairs the credibility of our State Department in its efforts to urge banning the international trade in tiger parts that is driving the poaching that has decimated the tiger population.
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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
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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!
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