Big Cat Act

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Big Cat Act

The Most Important Big Cat Bill Ever

Take Action buttonThe 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.

In the 2017-8 session of Congress we had enough votes in the House to pass the bill because so many of you called your legislators' offices asking them to cosponsor the bill.  But the Chairman of the Committee last session was influenced by the lobbyist for the roadside zoos and would not grant us a hearing. We started that session with seven initial cosponsors and ended with 144, including 43 Republicans making it very bipartisan. This session we started with 53 initial cosponsors. For the first time ever, the House bill passed out of full Committee on 9/18/19. And as of 9/27/19 the Big Cat Public Safety Act has 138 cosponsors in the House!

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:

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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.

Contact Congress and tell them that you support this bill.


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This post currently has 6 responses.

  1. ILUVKATSBUTIFTHEYRTOOBIGIMRUNNIN

    May 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Im new to this game, but I would like to know more. Not just in MY society, but in others too. Please, someone fill me in, teach me and help me to understand deeper. I’m thinking about how when I get older, I might be a Big Kat owner….

  2. Geri Eilerman

    April 23, 2020 at 2:59 am

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing difficulties with your RSS. I don’t know why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS problems? Anyone who knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  3. Ishita Bhaskar

    August 12, 2020 at 3:09 am

    I hate to see Big cats imprisoned, given poor diet, hunted for body parts,etc. I am an Wildlife animal lover. I don’t like at all That the tigers, Asiatic lions, cheetahs, rhinoceros are being hunted. This should be illegal. People should Respect these Majestic creatures and the should be given Life imprisonment. Help them to these majestic creatures
    Raise a voice and Save them!!

    • Jamie

      August 23, 2020 at 3:33 am

      I have been part of conservation for many years now. Lockdown has diminished me and I’ve felt useless being stuck inside knowing I need to be out working.

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