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
These big cat attack stories are from 1919-2014. There are quite a few, so a search for keyword may be helpful.
For an Excel sheet of incidents by state, by year, by species and by country go HERE
Click to see the killings, maulings and escapes by big cats by total for each state for less detail, but numbers updated through 2013.
See a list of all of the known tigers in USDA facilities in America. Note that no one knows how many are in backyards and basements of private
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
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
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