If YOU want to help stop the abuse of Tigers and other big cats, please sign the petition TODAY!
At malls, fairs, and roadside zoos across the country, for fees ranging from $10 to $500, the public can pet, feed, pose, swim and play with wild animals. To facilitate such unsafe handling, baby tigers, lions, bears, and primates are pulled from the care of their protective mothers shortly after birth.
When the baby animals outgrow their use as photography or play props – sometimes after just a few months – they are often discarded at shoddy roadside zoos, sold into the pet trade, or killed for their meat. This cycle of breeding, exploiting, and then dumping baby animals puts animals at risk and endangers the public.
In response to a legal petition from a coalition of animal protection and conservation organizations, including Big Cat Rescue, The HSUS, IFAW, WWF, Born Free and other animal protection groups, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requesting comments on whether to prohibit public contact and close encounters with big cats, bears, and primates.
Please urge the USDA to act quickly to ban this cruel and dangerous practice.