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In many states in the country, it's STILL legal to own big cats as household pets. This is unacceptable! Sign now to ask the House and Senate chairmen of the Department of Agriculture to spearhead an effort to amend the Lacey Act to protect big cats!: http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/trs/petition/big-cats-pets-trs/
Final signature count: 25,188
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

By now, we've all probably heard the story of the man who, in October 2011, released his personal collection of exotic animals, including tigers, bears, and lions, and later committed suicide. Because authorities couldn't catch or properly house the large animals, many had to be shot.

This tragic loss of both human and animal life highlighted the need for stronger regulations regarding the possession of big cats. Congressman Howard McKeon introduced The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 1998) to address this problem by prohibiting private ownership of big cats like lions, tigers, and cheetahs.

We need this legislation not only to protect humans, but also to preserve the lives of these precious creatures. Sign your name in support of H.R. 1998 and stand up for big cats!

Dear Representative McKeon,

I applaud your efforts to protect big cats by sponsoring H.R. 1998, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act.

We have all witnessed what can happen when big cats are owned by private citizens who lack the proper knowledge and accreditation to care for them. The tragic 2011 incident in which a big cat owner released his animals and then committed suicide is a prime example.

We need legislation like H.R. 1998 so events like this don't happen again. Handlers of lions, tigers, cheetahs, and other large cats need specialized training; this job shouldn't be open to the public.

Please continue to advocate for the safety of humans and big cats alike by seeing H.R. 1998 pushed into law!

Thank you for your continued attention to this issue.

Petition Signatures


Jul 20, 2017 Lynette Nielsen
Jul 20, 2017 Laura Van Riper please help save and protect these wonderful animals from a life of abuse,neglect and death.
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2017 Danae Michael Let them retire in peace.!!
Jul 20, 2017 Clara Rodriguez Wild animals are meant to be IN THE WILD! Period!!
Jul 20, 2017 Aaron Novack
Jul 20, 2017 Brenda Cook
Jul 20, 2017 Mladen Nanic
Jul 20, 2017 Drazen Bukovec
Jul 20, 2017 Delimir Papic
Jul 20, 2017 Suzana Grozaj
Jul 20, 2017 John Langham
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2017 Karen Lombardo
Jul 20, 2017 Diane Miller some how we have forgotten that we are to be stewards not exploiters. when I learned that ALL creation is made of star dust, I was thrilled - it makes all of creation brothers & sisters regardless.
Jul 20, 2017 Marilyn O'Loughlin
Jul 20, 2017 Valerie Benest
Jul 20, 2017 Laura Amell Thank you for your attention and support of this important matter!
Jul 18, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Jul 18, 2017 Mike KASTNER
Jul 18, 2017 VICKY ANASTOPOULOU
Jul 17, 2017 melissa suarez
Jul 17, 2017 Anne-Marie Henkes
Jul 17, 2017 Jenny Even
Jul 15, 2017 Desari Erickson
Jul 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Melanie Cameron
Jul 14, 2017 ANDREA GONZALES THIS IS NOT RIGHT
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Jul 14, 2017 Dyan Merick
Jul 12, 2017 Becky Campbell
Jul 12, 2017 Jenny Thompson
Jul 12, 2017 Deborah Evans
Jul 11, 2017 Deborah Wood-Castaneda
Jul 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2017 Kara Barnes What JERKS!!! The animals could have gone to different places.
Jul 11, 2017 Heather Fritzshall
Jul 11, 2017 Marilyn Ropeleski
Jul 11, 2017 Stephanie Holguin These are God's Creatures and must be kept to live , as God intended.
Jul 11, 2017 MIchele Resnick
Jul 11, 2017 Lesley Hahn
Jul 11, 2017 April Galvin I believe that predators all predators should only be kept in zoos. Zoos build them safe enclosures and have vet care available 24/7. Private individuals do not always know what is needed to keep them safe from the public and the public safe from them.
Jul 11, 2017 Ann Lange
Jul 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) They didn't have to kill those animals.
Jul 11, 2017 Chris Ant
Jul 11, 2017 CRAIG REYNOLDS
Jul 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2017 Lisa Lazzaro
Jul 11, 2017 Angela Barrow

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