Legislation filed in the U.S. House this week is aimed at preventing wild-animal attacks like the one last year that killed a southeast Kansas girl.
Congressman Jim Ryun is sponsoring the bill that would prohibit direct contact between big cats in captivity and the public.
The measure is called “Haley’s Act,” for 17-year-old Haley Hilderbrand. The Labette County High School senior was mauled to death by a tiger in August 2005 when posing for a picture with the big cat at a southeast Kansas animal refuge.
The bill would also require the U-S Department of Agriculture to write public-safety regulations for licenses it issues to animal exhibitors under the Animal Welfare Act.
This year the Kansas Legislature passed a bill strengthening the regulation of exotic animals.
Carole Baskin, Founder of Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy Street
Tampa, FL 33625 MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org
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