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County Authority to Regulate Wild Animals

Memorandum of Law Update 2/4/09: City of Del Ray Beach, Palm Beach County, FL is found liable for $2,256,300.00 when a loose dog bites a woman.  What if that had been an escaped tiger?  Get the Order HERE Update 9/27/08 What Counties Can Do to Protect Their Citizens Date: 8/9/2005 Re: Authority of Local Governments to Prohibit or Limit the Possession of Wildlife Within Its Boundaries I. EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITY OF FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION TO REGULATE FLORIDA 'S FISH AND WILDLIFE Section 9, Art. IV, of the Florida Read More

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Big Cat Laws

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.   Visit these Read More

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Lobbying for Big Cat Laws

Lobbying for Big Cat Laws Cleo was once a cute, cuddly cub.  Her owners put a harness on her to walk her.  As she grew stronger, her former owner could not handle her enough to get the tiny harness off.  As the years passed it became completely embedded in Cleo’s skin.  Eventually as she grew the harness would have crushed her ribs.  Because the owner did not know how to properly feed the cat, when she arrived at Big Cat Rescue she was so malnourished that to anesthetize her to remove the harness would likely Read More

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Saber Tooth Sleuth

Saber Tooth Sleuth There is only one reason that lions, tigers and other big cats are suffering in captivity:  We haven't gotten to the root of the problem...yet.  The problem is that there are still some uneducated people who fuel the trade in big cats and a very few truly evil people who capitalize on their ignorance. Those of us who know better, or at least have a more humane inner moral compass, far outnumber the abusers and their supporters. We Have to Strike at the Root "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who Read More

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2005 Stats to Back Up a Ban on Big Cats

Just a few good reasons to ban private possession of big cats. 2005: Just in the state of Florida there are 3,837 people with permits to own wild animals. Of that number 389 facilities are permitted to own tigers, gorillas and other Class I & Class II dangerous animals, but only 21 are accredited zoos and only 3 are accredited rescue facilites. 0.0002 of FL's populations owns exotic animals and yet all of us pay the price in safety and damage to the environment when no-longer-novel pets are turned loose.     Florida Read More

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4 Year Study Shows Tigers 500 Times More Deadly Than Dogs in US

Dangerous Tigers in Captivity: Ex Situ Tiger Conflict and Implications for Private Ownership of Exotic Animals   P.J. Nyhus,1n R.L. Tilson,2 and J.L. Tomlinson1 1Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Apple Valley, Minnesota   The risks associated with tiger attacks on people in the wild are well documented.   There may currently be more tigers in captivity than in the wild, but relatively little is known about the risks of injury or death associated with owning Read More

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Petting Lion and Tiger Cubs

Petting Lion and Tiger Cubs When you pay to pet a cub, what are you really supporting? This video shows you how people pimp out tiger cubs to support themselves while making no provisions for the lifetime care of the big cats they are breeding and buying. Watch this video about two such pay to play schemes run by Kathy Stearns of Dade City's Wild Things and Joe Schreibvogel of G.W. Exotics. Read More

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Circus Life…”Captive” Entertainment

Circus Life..."Captive" Entertainment   Circus Life...Step Right up to the Greatest Show of Exploitation on Earth!   USDA only requires that a cage for a wild animal be large enough that the animal be able to stand and turn around in the cage.   They allow even smaller enclosures for the purpose of travel....   Big Cats can be confined to cages that are too small to even stand up and turn around in for up to 60 days. If the cat is let out into the ring to perform, Read More

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Lion Burger Served For World Cup: Purveyor Has Done Time For Tiger & Leopard Meat

Lion Burger Served For World Cup: Purveyor Has Done Time For Tiger & Leopard Meat First Posted: 06-23-10 11:28 PM   |   Updated: 06-24-10 01:22 AM An Arizona restaurant is serving a World Cup-inspired Lion Burger, and the provenance of the lion meat is suspect. The internet has been bubbling all day long on word of a restaurant in Mesa, Arizona serving a World Cup-inspired Lion Burger. The tale was first brought to use by the British tabloids, of all places (here are the Telegraph, the Sun, and the Daily Telegraph, Read More

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Cruel world of the tiger trade

Cruel world of the tiger trade By KATE JACKSON Published: 24 May 2010 IN A dingy market stall in southern Tibet, a trader empties out a sack full of bones.   These pitiful relics were once a magnificent tiger, roaming wild and free.   Now sold on the black market to be used in medicines and Tiger wine, these bones can fetch around £600 per kilo   It's a sickening sight.   At the turn of the twentieth century, there were estimated to be over 100,000 tigers in the wild. Now that figure has dwindled Read More