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The desire to have a tiger as a house pet is understandable, but for most people, it’s a daydream, as it should be. The reality is that big cats are wild animals, and no matter what age you bond with them, no matter how affectionate they might be, they cannot survive as a pet.

Despite the obvious difficulties of trying to feed and house a tiger or lion, the majority of "owners" are unable to care for the animals through adulthood. The cost of keeping a tiger alive and healthy in captivity is upwards of $6,000 a year [1], and many people simply abandon the animals or neglect them to an abhorrent degree. Currently, there are between 5,000-7,000 big cats in private captivity in the United States [2]. That’s more than are still alive in the wild! There are not enough sanctuaries in the US to house and care for the number of big cats abandoned each year, leading to a massive issue for humans and animals alike.

Purchasing a big cat is surprisingly easy, and while sanctuaries and zoos are held to safety and cruelty standards by the Department of Agriculture [2], each state in the country has different laws regarding exotic animals. The Endangered Species Act does not prohibit breeding or selling endangered animals [3], so tracking every sale is impossible, especially across state lines. Some states have blanket bans in place, and some states lack any kind of regulation at all. Worst of all, the Department of Agriculture has no regulatory power over private owners, meaning the most severely abused animals have next to no hope.

The safest and smartest choice is for the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to amend the federal Lacey Act, making sure it bans the selling, purchasing, and housing of big cats. Any cat in the United States belongs in a reputable sanctuary or zoo where they can be cared for and live out their lives in peace, not as house pets.

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!

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To the House and Senate chairmen of the Department of Agriculture:

It's seldom discussed, but America has a problem with exotic animals, namely the nearly 7,000 tigers and other exotic cats that are currently kept as house pets. There are more captive tigers in the US than in the wild! These animals are often neglected, abused, and pose a massive safety hazard to the public, no matter how well behaved they seem.

The Department of Agriculture already inspects and protects big cats that live in zoos and accredited sanctuaries, but the animals under private ownership have no protections, and no guarantee of the animal's safety, or the public's.

Saving the lives of these animals and assuring they find a safe and protected home is not only a win for the United States, but for the conservation of a rapidly diminishing species. The Lacey Act already protects a number of species, and simply widening the scope to prohibit the breeding, selling, and purchasing of big cats would save thousands of tigers, and offer a measure of protection for citizens across the country.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Jun 17, 2018 Rebecca Parker
Jun 17, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 16, 2018 Gina Nanarjain
Jun 13, 2018 Frida Simms
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 10, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 Francis Servaege
Jun 10, 2018 Jill Tew
Jun 8, 2018 Karen Dionne
Jun 8, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Jun 8, 2018 Jose Roberto Magdalena
Jun 7, 2018 Janice MurphyEllison
Jun 7, 2018 Carol Perkins
Jun 7, 2018 Anita Carter
Jun 7, 2018 Sharon Fulks
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 7, 2018 Linda Millar
Jun 7, 2018 Lisa Sharp
Jun 6, 2018 nicole hammar
Jun 5, 2018 Charlotte Wood
Jun 5, 2018 carole MASSENET
Jun 4, 2018 Mollie Vreeland
Jun 2, 2018 ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON
Jun 2, 2018 Sue Lindley
Jun 1, 2018 Megan Sykes Leave. Wild. Animals. Alone. They are not your pets.
May 31, 2018 T Boettger
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 30, 2018 Kara Cartee
May 30, 2018 Stephanie Black-Mcdonald
May 30, 2018 Summer Patterson
May 30, 2018 Eileen Bosch
May 30, 2018 Christina Robertson
May 30, 2018 Neil Matheson
May 30, 2018 Delene Swanepoel
May 30, 2018 Lene Harries
May 29, 2018 Krystal Mills
May 29, 2018 Helga Preinesberger
May 29, 2018 Sophie Ernst
May 29, 2018 Ambur Davis
May 29, 2018 Natasha Bridger
May 29, 2018 Clément Bour
May 29, 2018 Silvia Bertano
May 29, 2018 Ann de Backer
May 29, 2018 Martine cuisenaire
May 29, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 29, 2018 PRITHA GHOSH
May 28, 2018 raisa hebra
May 28, 2018 Ansena Drinkwater

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