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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

Mar 22, 2018 Robin Shirley
Mar 22, 2018 Maria Mariorenzi
Mar 22, 2018 Andrea Durick
Mar 22, 2018 Len Scalise
Mar 22, 2018 Arline Hoskinson
Mar 22, 2018 Angela Passetti
Mar 21, 2018 Brenda Philipsen
Mar 21, 2018 Robert Whitaker
Mar 21, 2018 Yvonne Fast
Mar 21, 2018 Jane Johnson
Mar 21, 2018 Raquel Quintanilla
Mar 20, 2018 Lisa MacAllister
Mar 20, 2018 linda BORNER
Mar 20, 2018 Lothar Schmidt
Mar 20, 2018 Ursula Bellof
Mar 20, 2018 Karola Windweh
Mar 20, 2018 Vivien Steele
Mar 20, 2018 Maya Rudik
Mar 20, 2018 Nancy Walsh
Mar 20, 2018 Annie Stewart
Mar 20, 2018 Siegrid Berman
Mar 19, 2018 Marji Parrish
Mar 19, 2018 Tia Simon
Mar 18, 2018 Angela Clement
Mar 18, 2018 Elena Palka
Mar 18, 2018 Claire McCullagh
Mar 18, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 18, 2018 Kathleen Hamilton
Mar 18, 2018 Brent Pennell
Mar 18, 2018 Sandra Clark
Mar 18, 2018 Linda Groves
Mar 18, 2018 Dorothy Chandler
Mar 18, 2018 Mike Dollard
Mar 18, 2018 Mary E Moser
Mar 17, 2018 Shelly Covington
Mar 17, 2018 Andre Meaux
Mar 17, 2018 Wendye Kolles
Mar 17, 2018 Edward FLOUNOY
Mar 17, 2018 e Garone
Mar 17, 2018 Helen Tam-Semmens
Mar 17, 2018 Irmgard Gutersohn
Mar 17, 2018 Suzanne Lenhart
Mar 17, 2018 Roger Palmer
Mar 17, 2018 Amanda Bouvier
Mar 17, 2018 Elaine Renner
Mar 16, 2018 chantal bieri
Mar 16, 2018 Ahlem CHEBIL
Mar 16, 2018 maria carranza
Mar 15, 2018 Ankea Kkoutas
Mar 15, 2018 Krystina Boyle

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