When Darnell Docket, a player for the Arizona Cardinals, became what we consider to be the poster child for over paid sports' figures, behaving badly toward animals, by announcing that he had bought a tiger to show off at games, it caused a lot of people to ask the question, "Is it legal to buy a tiger?"
After spending the last 20 years rescuing lions, tigers and other exotic cats, I am left bewildered by the existing laws; or maybe, more precisely, by the lack of enforcement of existing laws.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service states that:
"Unless Read More
Tigers vs Sharks
Today at Big Cat Rescue Aug 1 2013 Shark Week Video
China Hosts International Tiger Conference
Unbeknownst to many, July 29 was the fourth annual International Tiger Day. In commemoration, representatives from the 13 countries where tigers still exist held a conference in Kunming to discuss protecting the largest cat species on earth.
The meeting, somewhat hilariously named the International Workshop for Transboundary Conservation of Tigers and Other Endangered Species, and the Read More
Cat Chat Show 14
1. The most exciting news is that our Senate bill S 1381 was introduced by Senator Blumental yesterday. It is the companion bill for the House version HR 1998 of the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act.
This bill would ban the private possession of big cats.
It would ban public contact with the big cats and their cubs.
It would grandfather in existing cat owners, but they can't buy or breed more.
People can send a quick and easy letter to both the House Read More
Everything you’ve been told about this exotic, royal, endangered species is wrong.
By Jackson Landers|Posted Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at 11:04 AM
A white tiger is a striking creature. Tigers are always impressive animals, but when you take away the orange, the result is a big cat that looks like a phantom out of a dream. They seem almost magical, and yet I firmly believe that the world would be a better place if there was not a single white tiger in it.
There are only about 4,000 tigers, at most, remaining in the wild. Yet Read More
Operation Wild Web
More than 150 people faces charges as officials seize endangered tiger pelt, elephant ivory
USFWS/Associated Press - The undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) shows a Sumatran tiger skin/California confiscated by the USFWS. More than 150 people face federal and state charges after authorities disrupted wildlife trafficking operations involving tiger and leopard pelts, elephant ivory and live birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the arrests Thursday an undercover operation Read More
No One Is Telling Where Lion Meat Originates
and the government doesn't seem to care. Big Cat Rescue believes that the cute little cubs that are used in pay to play schemes at malls, fairs and in backyard menageries are ending up killed for their meat when they are grown. No one uses lion hides so it is preposterous for this vendor to claim that it is merely a by product of that industry (as if that made it OK in the first place.)
A genuine burger made from lion meat is being served by Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., in honor Read More
Say NO to Farm Bill
In a disappointing late-night move, the House leadership refused to allow debate on any animal welfare amendments when the Farm Bill goes to the full House. Bipartisan amendments on horse slaughter, horse soring, and protecting egg-laying hens were left out of consideration, while the dangerous, overreaching "King Amendment" remains in the Farm Bill. The King Amendment seeks to repeal state laws regarding agriculture production and could nullify measures on farm animal confinement, horse slaughter, puppy mills, shark Read More
Tigers For Tigers Coalition Update
The National T4T Coalition has been very productive since the conference in April. So far we have developed and sent letters to our congressmen asking for their support for H.R.1998. We also developed an informational sheet on the influence of crime syndicates on wildlife trade.
Last week, members of the coalition were in Washington DC with David Houghton of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Tracy Coppola of the International Fund for Animal Welfare to meet with congress to discuss Read More
Africa's lion population plummets by two thirds in 50 years
Nickson Parmisa / Wildlife Direct
This lioness was killed on June 20, 2012, along with her sister and four cubs in Sholinge, Kenya, just outside Nairobi National Park. The lionesses had gone into a cattle area to teach the cubs to hunt.
By Miguel Llanos, NBC News
Africa's lions are running out of habitat and some populations, especially those in West Africa, are running toward extinction, according to a study published Tuesday.
Using new satellite data, Read More
Dear Florida Animal Advocates,
This year’s state legislative session wound to a close earlier this month, and I wanted to thank you for all you did to give animals a voice in the Florida Legislature.
You made phone calls, sent emails, and many of you even met with your legislators in person during Florida Humane Lobby Day to let them know that you care about animal welfare. And your efforts paid off! The Legislature passed a bill (H.B. 851) that:
makes animal fighting offenses punishable under Florida’s anti-racketeering Read More