Action YOU Can Take to Save Big Cats and their Cubs
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Stop Big Cat Abuse (US ONLY)
Call, Tweet, or Email your U.S. legislators and ask them to champion the Big Cat Public Safety Act:
For more information about the Big Cat Public Safety Act and a downloadable factsheet visit http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-act/
Goldie’s Law U.S. Only
- Formally define the term “violation” as “any deficiency, deviation, or other failure to comply with any provision or regulation or standard” of the AWA.
- Mandate that the USDA inspect facilities at least once per year, or more often until violations are fixed. This includes the full inspection of “properties, animals, facilities, vehicles, equipments or other premises used or intended for use in an activity subject to regulation.”
- Grant USDA inspectors legal access to inspect animals, facilities, and records “at any reasonable time” whether the person wants to be inspected or not.
- Mandate that any animal found by an inspector to be “suffering physical or psychological harm” as a result of a violation be immediately confiscated or humanely euthanized. Anyone notified of the intent of an inspector to confiscate an animal “shall be prohibited from destroying that animal in any manner, and until the [USDA] has completed that confiscation, shall be prohibited from destroying any other animal in their ownership or possession, without prior written consent.“
- Require inspectors to provide a copy of all records documenting any violation to State, local, and municipal animal control or law enforcement officials within 24 hours.
- Subject violators to a civil penalty of no more than $10,000 for each such violation, along with a formal cease and desist order. Each violation and each day during which a violation continues shall be a separate offense.
- Mandate that hearings to appeal violations “be conducted by, at minimum, one veterinarian, and two additional animal care specialists or directors. A hearing under this section shall take place within 21 days after notice of the violation has been delivered unless the Secretary identifies a reasonable basis for continuance.”
- When assessing penalties, the [USDA] would be mandated to “give due consideration to the appropriateness of the penalty with respect to the size of the business of the person involved, the gravity of the violation, the person’s good faith, and the history of previous violations. Any such penalty shall be calculated on a per animal and per violation basis and may not be reduced by 10 percent or more.” This is to prevent slap-on-the-wrist fines and prevent bad actors from ignoring penalties.
- “Upon any failure to pay the penalty assessed by a final order under this section, the Secretary shall request the Attorney General to institute a civil action… …to collect the penalty, and such court shall have jurisdiction to hear and decide any such action. Any person who knowingly fails to obey a cease and desist order made by the Secretary under this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of $1,500.”
- The provisions of the law would apply to all “dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, carriers, and auction sale handlers,” meaning anyone who handles or cares for an animal, no matter how temporary.
Be a Saber Tooth Sleuth and report big cat and cub abuse where ever you see it here: https://bigcatrescue.org/saber-tooth-sleuth/
Circus alert pages
Please ask the fairs and sponsors to go cage & cruelty free:
End the Use of Wild and Exotic Animals in The Circus
Pledge to be a Big Cat Friendly Tourist! (ALL AGES)
IL: Protect bobcats from being killed for sport or commerce. https://bigcatrescue.salsalabs.org/2021ilbobcatbanhb1827/index.html
IN: Indiana residents can help urge Senator Braun to Co Sponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act here: https://bigcatrescue.salsalabs.org/2021braun
WVA – Do you know a teacher or a student in West Virginia? This is how they can help end the abuse of big cats. https://bigcatrescue.salsalabs.org/2021wvateacher