Big Cat Act
The Most Important Big Cat Bill Ever
The Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1380- S.2561) is a federal bill that would address two of the biggest sources of abuse of big cats by ending owning big cats as pets and stopping exploitative roadside zoos from offering cub petting and photo ops. Big cats purchased as pets are dangerous and typically end up living in inhumane conditions. Cubs used for petting and photos are ripped from their mothers at birth, physically punished to diminish their natural behaviors, deprived of sleep, then often discarded a few months later when they are two big to pet, with no tracking of what happens to them or how many die.
The bill will also help preserve the tiger in the wild. The current rampant, untracked breeding in our country hurts US credibility as we urge other nations to join us in resisting efforts by some countries to legalize trade in tiger parts. Legalizing trade would significantly increase poaching of wild tigers.
The bill is making excellent progress in Congress. In the House the bill has 230 bipartisan cosponsors as of 7/3/20, which is a majority. The bill has been reported out of Committee and is ready for a vote. Hopefully it will reach the floor for a vote this summer. In the Senate there are 19 bipartisan cosponsors and climbing, largely due to your calls!
Calls to Congress do work! Please help by taking two minutes to follow the easy, quick instructions below to call the offices of your Representative and your Senators using the simple system and script we have set up for you.
This video shows you how to make the call in detail. (Please note: this video was made before the bill was introduced in the Senate):
If you would like more details on the bill (which you do NOT need to know in order to make the call) download the Big Cat Act Fact Sheet.
To help spread the word, print out the Fact Sheet or print out your own Big Cat Public Safety Act business cards that are easy to carry with you to help inform others about big cat abuse and have them take action:
Leave this with your Congress Member’s staff when you visit in person. Get Factsheet
To learn about Law Enforcement support for the Big Cat Public Safety Act, including the endorsement by the National Sheriffs’ Association and a compelling 3 minute video by Sheriff Lutz whose officers suffered from having to handle the Zanesville massacre, visit bigcatrescue.org/lawenforcement
To follow the progress of the bill online go to Congress.gov – House bill, Senate bill. The “Cosponsors” tab shows the all of the cosponsors. If your Representative or Senator is already a cosponsor, it is very helpful to call and thank them to show that constituents care!
To make the call visit BigCatAct.com or just text the word CATS to 52886 for instructions and automatic dialing to your legislators.
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