Undercover investigation finds big cat facilities pose danger to public
Published: AUG 24, 2006
A number of facilities in the U.S. that house and exhibit big cats, such as tigers, lions and jaguars, pose a danger to the public, experts from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) say. IFAW conducted an 18-month undercover investigation, entitled “FATAL ATTRACTIONS: Big Cats in the USA”, to examine whether most facilities comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations. After examining 42 USDA-licensed facilities in 11 states, the report indicates that public safety and animal welfare was dangerously compromised at almost all the facilities. The report comes shortly after the proposal of “Haley’s Act” (HR5909) – a bill designed to promote public safety and improve the welfare of captive big cats.