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 Ask the USFWS why they haven’t rescinded the generic tiger loophole yet.
The third step, telling USDA to ban cub petting, has now been completed. More than 64,000 of you asked USDA to ban cub petting, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Zoological Association (for the most part)
More about these three issues below.
1. This is the Most Important Bill Ever to Protect Big Cats from Abuse. The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act has been reintroduced as HR 1998 in the House and S 1381 in the Senate. Please ask your member of Congress to sign on as a Co Sponsor so that this bill can be passed this year!
2. It’s been two years now since more than 15,000 animal lovers spoke up and asked the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to rescind the generic tiger loophole that has allowed backyard breeders to inbreed, cross breed and over breed tigers. The USFWS should have listened to you and made it a Final Rule that anyone who wants to breed tigers has to go through all of the same red tape that the zoos do, but they still haven’t done it. Please email and politely ask when they will post the final rule that rescinds the generic tiger exemption.
3. Cub petting and photo ops with cubs are the main cause of so many discarded tigers and lions when they get too big to use as Pay-to-Play props. USDA is asking for your comment now. Please let them know that there is NO circumstance under which the public should be allowed contact with big cats or their cubs.