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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

Feb 24, 2018 Karen Wineinger
Feb 24, 2018 Nancy Williams
Feb 24, 2018 Tara Spires
Feb 24, 2018 Marleen Neus
Feb 24, 2018 Lynne Minore
Feb 24, 2018 carla howard
Feb 23, 2018 Lanette Rapp
Feb 23, 2018 jude lotz
Feb 23, 2018 patricia gregory
Feb 23, 2018 anita maldonado
Feb 23, 2018 verona medhurst
Feb 23, 2018 kristin sullivan
Feb 23, 2018 Susan Welsford
Feb 23, 2018 gillard claudine
Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 Elissa Gilbert
Feb 23, 2018 Karen Slyman
Feb 23, 2018 Wendy Finn
Feb 23, 2018 Melissa Bird
Feb 23, 2018 Janet Gattsek
Feb 23, 2018 roberta thornton-howard
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 21, 2018 Lonnie Almeida
Feb 21, 2018 jan bosley
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Nora Sachs
Feb 20, 2018 Breka Gunn
Feb 19, 2018 Traci Moreno
Feb 19, 2018 Rebecca Dunne
Feb 19, 2018 Michelle Murphy
Feb 19, 2018 Pat Parkin
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Tina Henize
Feb 19, 2018 Jennifer Tan
Feb 18, 2018 Donna Fultz
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Feb 18, 2018 Ona Youmans
Feb 18, 2018 Penny Mackenzie
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Linda Dankmeyer
Feb 17, 2018 John Chambers
Feb 16, 2018 Dana Norton
Feb 16, 2018 Terrill McMahon
Feb 16, 2018 Tanja Gistl
Feb 15, 2018 patty hart
Feb 15, 2018 Leona Patterson
Feb 15, 2018 Terance Murphy
Feb 15, 2018 Dena Shelangoski

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